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5 ‘Keystone Habits’ To Take Your Life To The Next Level

Jari Roomer
Peak Productivity
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7 min readAug 30, 2019


Keystone habits, a term coined by Charles Duhigg (author of The Power of Habit), are habits that automatically lead to multiple positive behaviors and positive effects in your life.

According to Charles Duhigg, these habits spark “chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.” In other words, building a keystone habit is like knocking down the biggest domino — it will automatically knock down the other dominoes as well.

That’s why you don’t have to change dozens of habits to get to your goals. Instead, you only have to change a few keystone habits that will have a ripple effect on your life.

Essentially, when you focus on building keystone habits, you hit two birds (or even more) with one stone. Therefore, focusing on these habits is a highly productive use of your time.

Keystone Habit 1: Exercise

According to research, regular exercise (at least 3 times per week) is a keystone habit that triggers people to start eating better, have more patience, be less stressed, consume less alcohol, smoke less, and be more productive at work. Furthermore, it contributes to a better mood and better sleep quality.

All in all, by focusing on just this one habit, you automatically experience positive effects in other areas of your life.

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I notice my weeks are much more productive when I’m getting my regular exercise. I tend to have more energy, sleep better, have stronger willpower, and make better decisions.

These positive effects cause a ripple effect in multiple areas of my life — including my work, relationships, self-image, and finances.

On the other hand, whenever I fall off-track with my exercise routine, I tend to also slack more with my work, nutrition, and finances as I have less energy, and lower willpower (which leads to procrastination, eating junk food and making impulsive purchases).

By following a consistent exercise routine, you automatically upgrade other areas of your life, making exercise a powerful keystone…



Jari Roomer
Peak Productivity

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