Using Habit Stacking To Adjust To A New Routine

Recently started a new routine? Or haven't got into a groove with a current routine, then this episode is for you. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I'm sharing how you can use habit stacking to make adjusting to a new routine a bit smoother.

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Ashley Brown  00:00

[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you hate them. And either way, I strongly believe that routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is a routine and things podcast. In each episode, we'll dive into a specific routine or point of view that will move you closer to enjoying life more and more each day. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.


Ashley Brown  00:47

Hey, and welcome back to another episode of the routine and things podcast. If this is your first time listening, I just want to say a welcome, welcome, welcome and if you are always listening to my podcast, can I just say to you right now, that I love you, and I appreciate you, and I hope that you are learning a lot and taken away a lot that can really be helpful for you in your life. I love that you listen. And so for today, I am going to be sharing how you can use habit stacking to adjust to a new routine. And I've talked about habit stacking in a previous episode like really briefly, but I wanted to go into it a little bit more so that it can be helpful for you in terms of adjusting to a new routine, because as you probably know, adjusting to anything new can be challenging at times. So I want to help you out there. Before we get into things I do want to give a listener some love today and that listener is Melissa at the lakes. Melissa, if you're at a late please send me a picture. I would love to see your lake. And she says "thank you for keeping me grounded and humble. I was feeling lost and overwhelmed at home since listening, I feel myself running a smoother home and feeling more confident as a woman and stay at home mom." Yes, Melissa! Yes, girl. I am so happy that you do feel more confident. I'm so happy that this podcast has blessed you in this way and it has blessed me in that way as well, so I'm with you there. So thank you so much for being a listener, thank you for sharing what you have been taken away from this podcast and leaving a review. I am so so grateful.


Ashley Brown  02:33

Alright, so let's go ahead and dive into things. And I want to start here. What exactly is habit stacking? That probably is a question that you're like, what is this Ashley? and this isn't something that I came up with. I wish I could get credit for it, but I'm gonna give credit where credit is due. This is actually a concept created by BJ Fogg. He's the author of "Tiny Habits", which is a good book. You should definitely check it out. If you want to get better at building and maintaining habits, it's a really good book for that. It teaches you how to become better at building habits. And so I always say, to get better at routines, you have to become better at building habits, because routines are essentially a series of habits. So what habit stacking is, is when you use a current habit, in order to form another habit, so if you think about anytime you start a new habit or wanting to start something new and form it into a habit, it's a huge transition, right? It is something that takes time, it takes effort, it takes perseverance, like if you've ever changed or tried to change your diet, and the foods you eat, it was a dramatic change, right? Because I know currently I'm going through that. I am trying to eat more Whole Foods I'm trying to currently changed the way that I've been eating and although it's a good change, changes change. It takes getting used to. So habit stacking can help with the adjustment because you are basically leveraging a habit that you already have in order to start a new habit. So that's how habit stacking really helps you to more so adjust to your new routine.


Ashley Brown  04:19

So, when you're starting a new routine, it can be really helpful to use habit stacking to make adjusting a bit easier. And what this looks like is choosing a habit you currently have and pairing it with your new routine. So you know, it's going to be a learning curve that you're going through when you're starting a new routine. And so, it can make that curve just a little bit less steep when you use habit stacking and you pair your new routine with a current habit that you already have. Okay, so I want to go ahead and give you a couple of examples of how you can use habit stacking. So let's see You want to start a morning routine, you can pair that morning routine with taking a shower, because that's an habit that you do every single morning, so that could be how you use habit stacking for your morning routine. Or if you are starting an exercise routine, then you can pair your exercise routine with the habit that you have of putting your kids to bed every single night. So that's basically how habit stacking works. Just leverage a habit that you currently have in order to more easily adjust to your new routine.And so this small suggestion of using habit stacking can ease you into your new routine because it won't be too much of a shock to your mind because it's paired with something that you do day in and day out. So that's how habit stacking can really help you.


Ashley Brown  05:51

Okay, so that is it for today's episode and I want before you leave to give you something to work on, give you some type of routine work, so that you can continue to just get better in living in routine and really utilize what I am sharing with you and what I'm teaching you because I think it's something really important about taking what you're learning and putting it into action. So your routine work for today is to think about a routine right now that has been hard for you to adjust to or if you're wanting to start a new routine, what I want for you to do is choose a habit that you can pair with that routine. Okay, and this will make it a little easier for you to transition and adjust to the new routine, or to the routine that you've been having a hard time with. Pair it with a current habit that you already have. So that is your routine work for today for this week. Alright, so that's it for this episode. I hope that you join me again next week. As I continue to dive more and more into routines. Remember that routines are a form of wellness for you. Remember that routines are a form of wellness. And so if you keep that in your mind, it can really help you to stay on track with your routines. Alright, so I hope that you continue to enjoy, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, and I will talk to you later.


Ashley Brown  07:18

So you probably chose to tune in today because you want to use routines to enhance your life. But you haven't figured out how to get your routines to stick or how to remain consistent with them. You're ready to have routines that don't end after a week. But you don't quite know how to make that happen. But no worries because I am so excited to share with you that I have opened the doors to the rock your routine training. If you've been thinking of starting a routine because you crave the consistency and order it will bring to your home in life. I encourage you to get started with the training today. I will teach you how to create the perfect routine for your life step by step using my signature process the T approach as well as share what it really takes to make it last, this simple but very effective process was created to easily guide you through creating and most importantly maintaining your routines. This is the time for you to finally start a routine that works, so you can consistently meet the needs of your home and life. To get started today hit the link in the show notes. I cannot wait to see you rocking your routine.


Ashley Brown  08:20

[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, could you do me a huge favor and take a screenshot and share it on social, and for more routine goodness, be sure to visit Here's to staying happy!

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