Forming New Habits: My Week of Awesome

Habits sign

Lately I’ve felt like I was in a bit of a rut so I decided to try an experiment to be more productive.

I started by making a list of things I wanted to do.

  1. Read more blogs
  2. Publish a blog twice a week
  3. Practice a skill for 10 min
  4. Drink less at social functions
  5. Exercise more

To do all this I decided to wake up an hour earlier each day and use the Streaks app to track my goals.

On the first day I woke up early, went to my local coffee shop and found this great video/article on forming habits my Pocket App. It must be a sign. One of the most interesting things Maneesh discusses is keystone habits; a change you make that cause other habits to naturally happen in your life. One of those is waking up early.

The thing about waking up early is that it is a keystone habit. A keystone habit is a single habit, a solitary act that once implemented it starts a chain reaction that begins other habits naturally.

I have to admit, I’m not a morning person but getting so much done before my day really starts makes me feel like a superhero. The reading is generating tons of new ideas and tracking is pushing me not to procrastinate.

So I challenge you to start your own Week of Awesome. Let me know what tools you use and how it turns out.



  1. Totally agree re: that extra hour in the morning being a keystone habit. I tried the same a year or so back and find it is usually the difference between a proactive and reactive day. You might enjoy following this Quora thread on simple yet powerful life hacks: Usually gets one or two new posts a day that you can browse through in your Unrollme digest. Good stuff.

  2. That is a great Quora thread, I just lost 10 minutes reading through past answers.

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