Our brains learn through repetition. That’s why it is important to make new routines as regular a part of our everyday lives as possible. Breaking a routine up into many small steps helps to train your brain as often as possible. The goal is to transform your conscious decision into a routine, and ultimately a new habit – just like breathing or cleaning your teeth.
It is not the end of the world if you happen to slip up on your new routine for a single day. Just make sure that the next day, you get back to doing it. Taking too long a break from it raises the risk of quickly giving up the new habit.
Once you have firmly established a new routine as part of your everyday life, you will stick to it. There is a myth that it takes 21 days to establish a routine. In fact, it is more like 60 days. However, the length of time it takes to establish a new routine varies from person to person.