Final Thoughts on Habit Stacking

Our time together is almost complete.

I’ll admit that many of the habit suggestions we’ve covered aren’t revolutionary ideas. You already know it’s important to eat healthy foods, exercise more, focus on critical tasks, and review your goals. Odds are, you’ve heard this advice a million times before.

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But what you might not have realized is the power of consciously scheduling these activities into your day and creating a framework allowing you to be 100% confident that you’ll complete each task—every day—without fail.

Now, as we close things out, I want to remind you of a simple rule:

If you want to improve your life, take a close look at your goals and find the one area where you need the most help. Whatever you pick should become part of your first stack.

Do you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and unmotivated?

Then build a morning stack that combines health, spirituality, and career habits that will give you an energized start to the day.

Are you struggling with getting things done at work?

Then start your workday by focusing on the habits that will have the biggest impact on your job performance. In addition, be sure to include the habits where you track your time in order to minimize (or eliminate) the distractions that often prevent you from doing important work.

Do you waste time at night before going to sleep?

Then build a small stack where you enjoy fun, distracting activities in the few hours before bedtime. Then, in the last hour, strictly follow a “shut down” routine, and finish off by using the Sleep Cycle app to closely monitor your sleep patterns.

As you can see, the habit-stacking framework is flexible and can easily fit into any busy schedule. To get started, all you need to do is identify an area of your life you’d like to improve and have the willingness to make it happen.

Now it’s up to you.

I encourage you to not just close this book. Instead, I encourage you to use the thirteen-step plan to turn this information into action. Just pick a time of day and then schedule it into your routine. (As always, if you get stuck, you can check out the free companion website, which is full of tools that can help you get started.)

Once you’re comfortable with a routine, add a second routine and then a third. Rinse and repeat until you’re completing dozens of small habits every day—all helping you live life to the fullest.

I wish you the best of luck.

Steve “S.J.” Scott