How I Hacked My Morning Routine and Finally Started Taking a Daily Vitamin

It’s a little embarrassing that as a grown man with a mortgage, three children, and a handful of other moderately serious responsibilities, something as simple as taking a vitamin has continued to elude me for years.

You name it, I’ve tried it:
- placing them on my desk
- putting them next to my toothbrush
- adding a reminder to my calendar
- and a batch of other failed ideas

But this latest hack has stuck around longer than my previous attempts, and for the first time in my adult life, I’ve remembered to take a vitamin over 90% of the time for the past few months.

As you can see from the photo above, all I’ve done is put my vitamin container in my coffee bean jar.

Logistically speaking, that’s not any different than putting them next to my toothbrush or on my desk if somehow just seeing them was all I needed to change my behavior.

The difference this time around is that I made a conscious effort to incorporate BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits method.

Tiny Habits is pretty simple. You use an existing anchor to trigger a new and desirable tiny behavior.

The recipe for a new tiny habit is:

After I (existing anchor) I will (new tiny behavior).

After I make my coffee, I will take my vitamin. Placing my vitamins physically inside my existing anchor certainly didn’t hurt, but BJ’s method can be applied in a lot of different ways. The following are from his Intro to Tiny Habits Google Doc.

“After I brush, I will floss one tooth.”

“After I pour my morning coffee, I will text my mom.”

After I walk in my door from work, I will get out my workout clothes.”

After I sit down on the train, I will open my sketch notebook.”

“After I put my head on the pillow, I will think of one good thing from my day.”

I’m going to try to keep my vitamin success going and start introducing some more Tiny Habits in to my day. I recommend taking a look at this Intro to Tiny Habits and working a few in to your day as well.

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