There's A 20 Second Rule That Everyone's Talking About - Here's What You Need To Know...
Rachel Sebastian 7/1/2016
We all want to have better habits, and one rule can make achieving them easier to do.
It's called the '20 Second Rule', and it's a simple yet powerful rule of thumb to use in your everyday life. The rule is based on making habits 20 seconds easier to achieve, thus making them easier and more practical to start. Let us explain how using this simple rule can change your life!
Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
The first step of using the '20 Second Rule' is deciding on the habits you'd like to change. Want to take your vitamins everyday? Go to the gym? How about practicing an instrument more regularly? Deciding which habits you want to work toward changing is paramount.
Make It Easier On Yourself
For this instance, let's say you'd like to practice your guitar everyday. It's been hiding in your closet and you've been half-committed thus far with getting your practice time in. By simply buying a guitar stand and placing your guitar where you can easily pick it up - as in the center of your living room - you are making it 20 seconds easier to practice the guitar.
Path Of Least Resistance
By lessening the amount of energy it takes to start a new (and healthy) activity, the more we'll want to begin. It actually takes more energy to resist doing that activity once it is in front of you!
A New Life Habit
Now that you've made it easier on yourself to get the good habit started, you're well on your way to sticking to it and forming a pattern. Researchers say it takes 21 days to form a habit. It's knocked down to 18 days if the habit is especially healthy. You can use the '20 Second Rule' on so many other healthy activities that you'd like to make a habit.
Reverse The Rule
The rule can be reversed if you're trying to kick a bad habit, too. By raising the amount of energy it takes to do something, the less we want to do it. Add 20 seconds to any routine, and it doesn't become as desirable anymore. Try it for kicking your bad habit by adding 20 seconds to your routine. The more energy needed for a certain activity acts as a barrier for following through with the bad habit.
Make It The Only Option
Whether you're trying to make positive changes, kick old habits (or a combination of the two), the '20 Second Rule' will help you get there. It's a straightforward way to becoming a better version of yourself, although I'm certain the current version is fabulous, too.