Habit Optimization 3
Make your best performance your new baseline. (Josh Waitzkin)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I optimize habit-tracking?”
“Marking a habit as done feels good. You can amplify this effect by also celebrating your small win.
I like to do it by saying to myself ‘That’s like me!‘ I know this little mantra from Brian Johnson. When I say it, I also express Gratitude to Brian, and send him and his family Love. This amplifies the effect even more.
If marking a habit as done feels good, marking ALL of them at the end of day feels even better. I like to call this AD (All Done). You can use this to your advantage.”
“The main benefit of tracking a habit is that you can see its continuity. ‘I’ve been doing this for x days in a row.’ The longer the chain, the harder it becomes to break, and the more satisfying it feels.
What’s even more powerful than seeing the continuity of a habit is seeing the continuity of your AD.
AD is also a habit – a meta-habit. The habit of completing all your habits every day.”
“So the idea is:
Track your AD, not just your habits.“
I like to do it in writing.
I write the calendar in pencil, and whenever I have an AD day, I write on top with a pen.
Seeing the continuity of your AD feels really good. I’m now working on making it my new baseline.”
“That’s a useful feature for a habit-tracking app. I mean, the AD visible as a separate row, whose continuity you can see at a glance. Once you complete all habits for a day, the AD becomes marked automatically.”
“I guess it is.”