Why I have a pull-up bar in my home workspace?
Welcome to the new year, guys! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and recharged to get back to work.
Here’s a short story from my youth. I had a pull-up bar in my room since I’ve been a kid. My grandpa made it for me when I was around 7.
I couldn’t get through the doors without hanging on the bar - it was attached to the doorway beam.
But when I was 17, I left home to study at the university. The closest pull-up bar was 2 quarters away from the place where I lived, so I didn’t work out a lot.
Then I started working for myself and lived in a different place where to get to a pull-up bar I had to drive to the gym. It added a lot of friction just to get there.
A bit more than a year ago we moved to our apartment, but I still wasn’t working out a lot.
Finally, I have finished 2020 by reading a great book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The book has opened my eyes to how I can improve some of the most important areas of my life.
Now, to answer the question in the title of this post, I have used two habit-forming laws from the book:
1st law Make It Obvious. “Make the cues of good habits obvious and visible.”
The 3rd Law: “Make It Easy.
Reduce friction. Decrease the number of steps between you and your good habits.”
Now, I attached a pull-up bar in my home office. I started to practice again because every time I enter my workspace I see it and I know what to do.
The main lesson from this story repeats the words from the book: make your habits obvious and visible to reduce the friction to get started and a habit will stick.