We’re creatures of habit. In fact almost 50% of our behaviour is habitual. Many of us would already have some pretty awesome sustainable living behaviours. But to really live a sustainable life and sustain it over a lifetime, it has to become a way of thinking. And that way of thinking, a habit.
You might shower in under four minutes every time, but forget to switch off the tv at the power point. Or you might buy free-range eggs at home, but never remember to check if the chook is free-range when eating out.
And that’s just it, when something’s not a habit, before it becomes a habit, there’s a lot of remembering (and forgetting) involved.
The trick then is to turn sustainable living into a habit, as quickly as possible.
Trouble is, habits don’t develop overnight. One study found that it takes on average 66 days for a behaviour to become habitual.