PSD Video Tip #27: Using triggers for creating habits

PSD Video Tip #27: Using triggers for creating habits

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Using this very simple technique, creating habits comes very easy and it is fun too!

I’m talking about triggers and this is an effective way for creating new habits in your everyday life.

In this video, I’m explaining what this technique is and how I have used it for creating a habit that I use every day.

Shownotes and resources:

  • Video length: 3:15
  • Why You Should Drink Water
  • Story of  a New Habit: How I Started to Wake Up at 5 AM
  • Transcript: [spoiler]Hello, it’s Timo here, and welcome to the weekly Productive Superdad Media
    Tip. Today I want to talk about triggers and how you can use triggers to
    implement new habits.Now a trigger is, for example, an event which occurs, and based on that
    event, you take certain action. So let me give you an example of how I
    actually create the trigger or use trigger and based on the trigger I took
    some action which led to me form a new healthy habit.

    So I realized that I wasn’t drinking water as much as I should have, and I
    started wondering what would be the right way to encourage me to drink
    water because I am working on my computer quite a lot. It’s a well-known
    fact that you should drink some water every once in awhile to keep your
    body in a hydrated state. But anyway, I realized that every morning when I
    came to work, I had this bottle of water on my desk, but yet I wasn’t
    drinking any water. It was standing there. By the end of the day, I just
    had to empty my bottle, which was full of water.

    So I realized using a simple trigger would activate me to take a sip of
    water. Basically, what I did, and this is the trigger part, I realized that
    every time I stand up, I grab that bottle and take quick sip of water. So
    the thing is that I like to take breaks. I like to stand up. I like to walk
    a little bit. I might take a cup of coffee or whatever. But I came to
    realize that standing up would be a nice trigger and that trigger would
    actually make me take action on that water drinking thing, meaning that
    every time I stand up, I grab that bottle, take a sip, and then move away
    from my desk.

    So that was a very simple example of a trigger and how it worked for me to
    create a new habit. So I want you to consider this quick tip by yourself.
    Maybe you have a similar type of habit that you want to create, and this is
    a very nice and simple way of integrating this new habit into your everyday

    But anyway, I hope that you found this video valuable, and please, please,
    please share this video by using the vertical bar on the left side of my
    blog. Click any of those buttons and spread the word that way.

    Okay. That’s what I wanted to tell you for now. I will talk to you soon.


Your next tasks:

1. Put this blog post into action!

  • Start by defining your target habit
  • Define your trigger: that makes you to take action on that habit

2. Share your experiences on the comment area:

  • Have you used triggers for creating habits?
  • If you have, what habits have you created by using triggers?

3. Spread the word:

  • I would appreciate it if you share this post by clicking the buttons on the left hand vertical sidebar.
  • Hey Timo,

    Every night before I go to bed I jot down 5 things that I MUST do online the following day. I put that post-it note on my screen, so it’s right in front of my face and I’m not going to be until I get those choirs done.
    That’s how I formed a new constructive habit.

    thanks for the share!


    • Timo Kiander


      That is a great tip – thanks for sharing!


  • Hi Timo, I know it’s a little off topic but I want to share something with you as it’s very much a trigger like your explaining. 4 years ago I quit smoking cigarettes. this was the biggest challenge ever I mean it! What I did is every time I wanted a cigarette I simply drank water. Now the crazy part is these trigger’s also work backwards. For example if I’m thirsty now I also find myself craving a smoke. Is this weird?

    • Timo Kiander

      Sure, that is really weird Brian!

      Anyway, that was another great example of triggers in action – thanks for sharing :)