The hook of habit

In the front zipper of my day pack there’s a little plastic hook. I use it as a memorable safe place to store my keys. Each time I turn off the engine I immediately place the keys on the hook.

This simple act is bound with efficiencies. 1. I know the keys are safe, so I have peace of mind when I’m walking across to the beach. 2. The keys are easy to find when I return to the bike, so I save time not having to rummage at the bottom of a sandy beach bag.

A habit such as this saves many minutes of clock time and moments of potential frustration. Imagine we cultivated habits that lead to similar efficiencies in other areas of our lives. Once we master the small habits, the bigger ones become more manageable.