It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day hamster wheel that we often find ourselves in when we are trying to improve certain aspects of our lives. We burn the candle at both ends. There are times when we work and work and work until we are burnt out and collapse at the end of the day or at the end of the week. We find ourselves exhausted and ill and unable to cope.
But what if we learned to run our lives as though we were running a marathon instead of running a daily sprint? What if we could approach each day through habits that offer us a spiral upward instead of downward? What if there were keystone habits that we could build upon to make our days between and less stressful?
What is a Keystone Habit?
To define what a keystone habit is, you need to first learn what a keystone is. According to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, a keystone was originally the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch that locks the other pieces in place. More recently, it has come to refer to something on which associated things depend for support.
A keystone habit, therefore, is a habit that other habits depend on for support. For instance, when brushing my teeth, I have a keystone habit during which I attach doing stretching exercises while I am brushing, and then when I’m finished, I clean the sink and clean the toilet before getting dressed. This way your bathroom sink and toilet stay clean. It all takes about five minutes tops.
A keystone habit that can be used for building positive habits is important and can be used for getting rid of bad ones. However, where should you start? In my book The Ultimate Keystone Habit, I suggest that you begin by developing the ultimate keystone habit to help all the others fall into place.
Where Should You Start?
There are numerous keystone habits we can do every day. Eating meals and doing dishes for me is a keystone habit that I use to clean certain aspects of my kitchen and to listen to podcasts that I want to listen to that day. So where can we start pulling all these habits together to make one big plan? We use the ultimate keystone habit.
The Ultimate Keystone habit is a habit that anchors all the others. This ultimate keystone habit in my opinion is to start your day the night before. But how, you ask? Well, that’s what this book is about.