Don’t Confuse Habits and Routines

“Unlike a routine, which feels uncomfortable to do, in the case of a habit, not doing a behavior feels bad.”

If you struggle to develop a new habit, it might not be because you lack willpower — it might be because you’re trying to make something a habit that can’t actually become one.

Nir Eyal, whose upcoming book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life is available for pre-order now, explains why it’s crucial to stop confusing habits with routines.

He points out forming a habit first requires sticking to a routine, learning to cope with discomfort, and understanding not all behaviors can become habits.

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