Cherry Jeffs
Dec 31, 2016 · 2 min read

I bet you’ve got a list of new year’s resolutions as long as your arm. A host of great habits you’d like to put in place over the coming months. But what if I told you there’s ONE habit on your list that will make all the others possible?

This is your Keystone Habit.


The Keystone Habit is the one habit that you can set up in 2017 that will underpin all your other good intentions.

Charles Duhigg coined this name in his book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

Duhigg’s idea is that when you establish a Keystone Habit, it has a knock-on effect on all your other habits.

“Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.”
Charles Duhigg


My Keystone Habit is regular journalling. When I write my journal daily — even if it’s just to quickly outline what I hope to achieve that day — I’m WAY more productive.

I focus much more on the really important stuff and less on ticking items off my to do list or clocking hours.

I identify potential roadblocks much more quickly, instead of ending up in the mire and wondering how I got there.

I’m less likely to mentally ‘dodge’ the issues that I need to wrangle with; and more likely to keep up good habits.


So what’s your keystone habit for 2017?

What’s the ONE habit that when you do it helps you achieve a multitude of other things in your life?

It might be journalling for you as well. But there are many other powerful Keystone Habits such as:

  • Meditation
  • Regular exercise
  • Getting up early
  • Eating healthily

Committing to any one of these habits will have a profound effect on your well-being and ability to perform effectively.


If you’re not sure which of your new year’s resolutions might be your Keystone Habit, look at each new habit in turn. Now ask yourself which one has the following 3 characteristics:

  • it gives you repeated small wins
  • it creates a healthy environment from which other habits can grow
  • it gives you energy and confidence to do more

Decided? Now get free accountability by joining an existing habit (or creating a new one) on Coach.me.

Or for uber-accountability, hire an accountability coach!

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Cherry Jeffs

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Mixed-media Artist and Creative Practice coach on Coach.me. Let's grow creative wings and fly! www.cherryjeffs.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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