The article you’re reading was late. I submitted it two days past it’s deadline.
I have a good habit of starting my research well in advance for longform articles. I’ve got a bad habit of actually sitting down to write those same articles the night before they’re due.
When I saw this topic on our content calendar, I jumped on it. At the turn of a new year, I (like most) like to take inventory of where I’m at. I take time to shed some light on the best parts of my daily routine, and the bits that I’d like to alter or improve upon. I set my intentions to build or break my habits.
I started researching habits in December of 2021. It wasn’t hard to find input on the subject at all. I read two books by Ryan Holiday, coincidentally over the holidays. As the calendar flipped to January, just about every podcast I follow on Spotify released an episode about resolutions and / or habits. Whenever I went on a walk, I brought an episode with me. I listened along and took a few mental notes, but I hadn’t really heard anything novel that made me want to hit the keyboard. That is, until January 3rd. That’s when the most popular professor in podcast-land dropped his episode. Andrew Huberman released episode 53 of Huberman Lab right when I needed it most. For 110 minutes, he clearly and effectively explained “The Science of Making & Breaking Habits.” Finally, I had a tangible take.
With the information I learned in this episode, I can confidently share with you, from a neuroscientific perspective, why I struggled to write this article in time - again. Armed with this knowledge, my hope is that you start to understand what’s keeping your good and bad habits in place, and how you can effectively break or make them.