infographic: the power of tiny habits

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For better or worse, our habits define us. They affect our health, our productivity, even our happiness. But why are they so hard to change?

40-45% of our activities are habits

“If you don’t get your habits right, you’re not going to reach your goals.”

  • Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

 

BAD HABITS HURT HEALTH AND BEYOND

BAD HABIT

70% of adults don’t get enough physical activity

OUTCOME

23% decrease in mental ability for rest of the day

 

BAD HABIT

40% of people don’t get enough sleep (8+ hrs a night)

OUTCOME

2.5 hours lost productivity per employee per day

 

BAD HABIT

70% of US employees are disengaged

OUTCOME

36% more absenteeism

One of the world’s leading authorities on behavioral change, B.J. Fogg, just might have cracked habit-building. There’s no trick, just a simple principle: small changes in behavior are the building blocks of better habits.

 

TINY HABITS TO THE RESCUE

FOGG’S BEHAVIOR MODEL

Focus on the right behavior

Don’t chase outcomes, chase the behaviors that lead to them.

Make it easy to do

Break your goal down to its smallest, simplest component.

Trigger the behavior

Attach new behaviors to existing habits, i.e. “every time I do X, I’ll do Y.”

Reward success

Celebrate victory right away, every time you complete a tiny task.

Practice and repeat

Habits take time to form, stick to it.

 

HEALTHY HABITS HAVE A HUGE IMPACT

Companies with strong cultures of wellbeing (and plenty of healthy habits) report:

50% less safety incidents

57% increase in use of other HR benefits

3-5x Healthcare cost ROI

89% increase in job satisfaction

30% decrease in sick days

50% reduction in employee turnover

 

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SOURCES

B.J. Fogg’s 2012 TED talk

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Why the Workplace is the Right Place Webinar

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