So our thoughts and actions are relatively easy to observe and change. The problem is that we tend to repeat them over and over again. That is why it is important to change our habits so that we can start to see the benefits of them.
We tend to do the same thing over and over again. We get tired of the same thing the same way, and so we end up doing the same thing again. This habit of going the same path over and over again is called “habit looping”. In a single day you can have a habit loop where you eat three pieces of chocolate cake and three pieces of cake and then eat three more pieces of cake.
Well, there is a very simple way to break this habit loop. You can break it by removing the chocolate cake and the cake from your diet. You can do this by avoiding the same thing each day for a few days. But then you have to do it again. We call this the mini-habit looping, because each day you are eating some of the same thing. You eat chocolate cake, but then you eat more chocolate cake.
This is a big one, but I love the idea of mini habits looping, because it’s basically what I do when I have a lot of chocolate cake. I eat three pieces for breakfast, three for lunch, and then three for dinner. You see, that doesn’t actually break my mini-habit loop because it’s a small amount of chocolate cake, but it’s a good feeling when you eat chocolate cake before you eat the chocolate cake.
How do you make it work? I think one of the best ways to make your mini habit loop work is by setting up your mini-habit looping system to track the frequency of your eating chocolate cake each time you eat it. That way, you know that when you eat chocolate cake before you eat the chocolate cake you arent just getting the latter in a mini habit loop, you are also getting the former too.
In the case of a habit-loop, you need to set up a little bit of time-loop system, in the same way that you want your mini habit looping system to run, you need to set up a mini habit looping system.
The idea is that this mini habit looping system will be an internal loop running on a day-to-day basis. It will track your chocolate cake eating habits to see how often you eat it, and when you eat it, you will reset your mini-habit looping system to track what you have eaten.
I am a very quick eater, so it was hard to see when I ate my cake, but it was probably about a dozen times within the first couple of days, at which point I started bingeing. When I finally got my mini loop working, I figured it was time to start thinking about my mini habits, because this was the part where I would want to change.
I have written before about how I believe a lot of my habits are based on external cues (e.g., family, friends, etc.), so I began to track my mini habits with these external cues in mind. At first I focused on something like how many times I ate my cake, but then I began to track my mini-habits as a whole, so that I know what I put in my mouth at any given moment, and what I do as I eat.
This is called a “macro-habit,” and it’s one of the more obvious ones. When I’m eating something, I want to eat it because I think it’s good for me. It’s not necessarily because I have a fancy dessert at the end of my meal. I don’t have to go to the store and buy a fancy dessert to justify eating my cake. In fact, I think my cake might be the last thing I would ever buy.