I listened to an interview with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. He discussed his own daily habits and shared the concept of an upstream habit. The idea is that by doing this one thing habitually, you increase the likelihood of maintaining other habits or generally being set up for a good day. Working out in the morning is his upstream habit.
I agree with this upstream habit concept. Last year, I identified my foundational habit. Focusing on this single habit gives me momentum for the day and increases my chances of keeping up with other habits and having a productive day.
What’s your upstream habit?