How To Create Better Habits Without Willpower

We all wanna know how to create better habits so we can get in better shape, be more organized and even make more money.  But doesn’t it seem like every time you try to build better habits… it seems like you’re trying to do the impossible?

I mean c’mon… how many times have we all attempted to dump that bad habit in favor of a new empowering one?  Only to watch ourselves fall off the wagon in 2 days as our willpower fails us once again.

But what if you could leverage 5 ridiculously simple “habit hacks” that take willpower completely out of the equation?  Sounds pretty sweet I know… let’s get into them.

Baby Steps

One of the fastest way to failure with how to create better habits is to make them gigantic… like Mt. Everest type BIG.  No woman walking on beachwonder we find it almost impossible to stick to a new habit when it’s sheer size overpowers our entire mindset.

Instead the key is to take baby steps first.  And I’m not talking just regular baby steps, like teeny tiny Antman and The Wasp type baby steps.  As small as you can make them.

For example if you’re wanting to begin meditating every morning after you wake up… set a goal to meditate for 1 minute each morning the first week.  Yeah you heard me right… 1 stinking minute that’s all!

The reason baby steps are so powerful in building momentum is that you will actually do them.  And even though it’s only 1 minute of meditation, that’s way more than you were doing before which was of course ZERO.

Remember 1 is always greater than none and baby steps allow you to build upon early success.

You Need A “Doodad”

One of challenges when it comes to creating better habits is that it’s brand new.  You’re not used to doing it… and it’s easy to forget to do it. And that’s why you need a “doodad” my friend.

arm with watch and wristbandsWhat’s a doodad you ask?  Just any sort of small physical object that you can have on you or with you 24/7.  

For some it could be a wristband that says NOW.

For others it could be a favorite coin in their pocket.  While others it might be a rubber band they snap when they need a reminder.

The key is to have some sort of tangible object that you can touch.  It’s this tactile interaction that helps us remind ourselves of our new habit and why we’re sticking with it.

“In Your Face” Reminders

This habit hack is so simple it’s almost ridiculous.  An “in your face” reminder is exactly that… you place them in spots where you cannot ignore them.

If you need to start doing kettlebell swings in the morning, put the kettlebell right by your bed so you have to step over it when you wake up.  Or if you want to be more grateful, put a sticky note on your steering wheel that says, “Say Thank You Right Now.”

The more you can put these type of reminders up in your day to day life, the easier it will be for you to create better habits.  No matter where you go, you’ll be staring smack dab at another reminder. Now it might be a bit annoying at first, but you’ll thank me later.

Batch It Up!

This tip is one that might throw you off a bit.  It tends to go outside the norm as it flips the script on how you can create better habits.  What is it?

Habit Batch.  No not Cabbage Patch… Habit Batch!

This is where you take your new habits and bunch them together at once.  I mean who says that you have to do your new tasks habits to be made signspread out through the day?  Ummmm… no one that’s who.

Plus what’s so bada$$ about doing a habit batch is that you save a ton of time too.

Let’s say you want to start reading daily, drink a healthy meal replacement shake, go for a morning walk and listen to podcasts.  Now you could do them all one by one and that’s fine.

Or you can habit batch like this.  As you prepare your healthy shake, you’re listening to a new podcast episode.  You can keep listening to that podcast episode while drinking your shake on your morning walk.  

Once you get home, sit down for 5 minutes and finish your shake while you read… done, done and DONE.

Just like that you knocked out 4 new better habits in a matter of 30 minutes… not hours.

Hand Over The Keys

This final way you can create better habits is through a concept I call “handing over the keys.”  This one is a huge help so that you don’t have to rely on willpower.

personal trainer with clientHanding over the keys simply means you either have a designated plan or coach/trainer that tells you exactly what to do.  You’re not in charge of creating your better habits… your plan or coach is the one behind the wheel.

The reason this is so empowering (and less stressful) is that you just show up and do what you’re told to do.  

No thinking, no worrying or doubting.

Your pre-prepared plan says you need to do A, B, C and D.  So you do it… there’s no need for any discussion. It’s this cut and dry clarity that really keeps you on the fast track as you create better habits.

So are you ready to crank things up when it comes to building better habits?  I’ve given you 5 habit hacks that could have you on cruise control as you change your life for the better.

There’s only left for you to do…


Jason is a key member of the marketing team here at AWOL.  He brings a wide range of skills sets to the table such as copywriting, content and email marketing.  When he’s not helping to crank out the latest marketing campaigns, he is addicted to spreading an attitude of gratitude through inspirational speaking, collecting fedoras and anything Bruce Lee… Waka!



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