Caylee Grey
Fairy art mother


Implement a new habit in 30 days - applying theory to a plan for turning a habit into a reality

Make it so easy that you can’t say no. – Leo Babauta

Oh, I love day zeros. They show so much promise, they involve so much planning. I mentioned all the¬†successful habits I’ve made yesterday. This is¬†the first time I’ll be doing this with accountability. Because this one is a bit tougher, I think I need that accountability.

I am excited.

30 Days to a New Habit ‚ô• Caylee Grey

My 30 day habit plan

(This is based on the Tiago Forte course.)

My habit for November is to write daily.

My Tiny Habits for the first week are:

  1. AFTER I open my laptop to work, I will look at my to do list
  2. AFTER I look at my phone for the first time in the morning, I will read one Bible verse.
  3. AFTER I lay down at night, I will think of one thing for which I’m grateful
  • concentrate on Duhigg’s Habit Loop (Trigger > Reward > Behaviour)

Duhigg is the grandfather of habit research. This is the very foundation, that all of my favourite habit heroes (Tiago Forte, Leo Babauta…) can agree on.

  • use Tiago Forte’s Habit Loop 2.0 to plan

This guy is seriously a rockstar in my eyes. My third favourite productivity/self-improvement person after¬†Sean McCabe / Tim Ferriss. The Habit Loop 2.0 comes from that Skillshare course that I told you about (that I’m taking for free).

  • make note of my Habit Personality Type (Upholder and Rebel)

I am an Upholder and a Rebel, which means that I respond readily to new habits, but also resist expectations. I guess it just reiterates the fact that I always need to do it for myself.¬†As soon as someone else checks up on me I get annoyed and would rather not do it. Maybe to prove how little I care about their opinion? I don’t know. It’s a weird thing that I do.

  • make my habit short, specific, repeatable, daily

Write for 30 minutes every day.

  • have a consistent, precise, frequent, logical trigger

After I have my first coffee, I will write for 30 minutes every day.

  • have a reward that is delivered quickly, emotional, physical and social

I’m not that comfortable with this one, so I’ll keep¬†the reward small and silly. I’m going to play an applause track¬†after my 60 minutes (find one yourself). I’m also going to cross off a day on my tracker.

  • have a reminder

I’m going to keep my Habit planner out. I’m got Todoist reminders.

  • have a reason

After I have my first coffee, I will write for 30 minutes every day because I am the type of person who values words, and I believe that everything starts with writing.

  • have small wins

I am not trying to write a book. I am trying to practise my writing skills, and come out of November with 30 x 30 minutes of words.

My small wins will include:

  1. Writing for 30 minutes in the morning.
  2. Writing for 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 minutes in the evening.
  3. Writing for 20 minutes in the morning.
  4. Writing for 10 minutes any time.
  5. Brainstorm a subject to write on.
  6. Write an interesting heading.
  7. Write a list.
  • identify¬†possible loopholes¬†so that I can avoid them with closers

“I don’t have anything to write about” – well then write about not having anything to write about.

“I don’t have time” – write in the morning, when there is nothing else to do.

“This is stupid” – you made a promise to yourself for a reason. Trust that you knew what you were doing when you made it.

  • choose an inviting environment

I’ll be starting this out in Cape Town, which is pretty¬†much the best environment. I’ll sit outside with my laptop and¬†Table¬†Mountain in the background.

Once I get back home I’ll keep my desk uncluttered, with a fresh vase of flowers on it.

  • track my habit

I’ll be using my Habit planner to track each day, my feelings, and anything I want to note.

  • choose an accountability system

I’ll be sharing on the Facebook page¬†once per week, and occasionally on Instagram.

  • evaluate my 30 days

There will be a habit debrief on the Facebook group on the 1 December.

30 Days to a New Habit ‚ô• Caylee Grey

30 Day Timeline

  • Pre-Habit Month: create Habit planner, print it out, use an A5 Flip File to store notes
  • Day Zero: all this planning, complete Tiago Forte course
  • Day One: first day of the habit
  • Day One to Seven: practise habit, complete Tiny Habits
  • Day Eight: Week One Check In
  • Day Eight to 14:¬†practise habit
  • Day 15: Week Two Check In
  • Day¬†15 to 21:¬†practise habit
  • Day 22: Week Three Check In
  • Day 22 to 30:¬†practise habit
  • Day 31: Overall Check In and Evaluation

30 Days to a New Habit ‚ô• Caylee Grey


If you didn’t grab the freebie from the¬†other post, here it is again for you.

30 Days to a new habit because as Sean McCabe says, ‚ÄúYou can't do everything at once. And that's okay. So what are you doing now?‚ÄĚ

I’ve started a private Facebook group for anyone who wants to make a habit this November. Let me know if you’d like to join. I invited those who commented on yesterday’s post, feel free to decline. No pressure.


  • Connie Tacazon

    Yes! Can you please add me to the facebook group? Thank you!!!

    2 Nov 2014
  • Could I be added to the facebook group please? Thank you :)

    2 Nov 2014
  • This is brilliant, Caylee! I would really like to incorporate something like this into my life, because there are several new habits I need to have. Problem for me: bad timing. For one week in November I’ll have all my kids here from around the US. It’s the first time we’ve all been together in two years. I’m in major clean-up, fix-up mode to get everything ready for them. I would like to be in your Facebook, if you’re okay with it. I need to think how I can work this out. PS. I can’t wait to read all of your writing that comes out of this!

    3 Nov 2014
  • Wow, girl. You are THOROUGH!!! This is what they call In it to win it :)
    Thanks for all the reading material on habits, ealier. I figured I’d start with a bit of a ‘light’ habit this month, after that Whole30 thingie I just did, but I’m excited for more later on. I’m definitely inspired by your enthousiasm!


    3 Nov 2014
  • Aliz√©e

    Hi !

    I discovered your blog not so long ago and really love reading about your goal setting process and the way you implement new habits into your lifestyle. Your last two posts have really inspired me to create new habits too – for the next thirty days I’m going to be working on getting away from the internet (I tend to procrastinate so much because of it) + on being more intentional with the way I spend my (hopefully shorter) time on it.

    I hope your first days are going well !

    3 Nov 2014
  • I’m cheering you on!

    3 Nov 2014
  • this sounds amazing. writing is one of the habits i want to get back into as well – i’d love to join the facebook group!
    xo, cheyenne

    4 Nov 2014
  • This sounds like such a great challenge. I love it. I am doing NaNoWriMo for the 10th year. I’m excited, but also need motivation. And I would love to be part of the facebook group if you can find me to add.

    How’s it going so far?

    5 Nov 2014
      • I don’t think it worked, but I just followed Pretty Organised as Sara Kate – maybe you can add me that way? Thanks! <3

        10 Nov 2014
  • Great job Caylee! I love the intention you’ve put into this, and sharing it here with your community is a great accountability tool. If you don’t make it to the end you’ll never live it down haha.

    I would encourage you to also post your progress in a Skillshare project workspace, so I can see and comment on updates to your progress, and others can learn from you.

    Mind if I link to this blog post in the Community Forum: Writing?


    11 Nov 2014
  • kay

    I’d love to join as well!

    25 Nov 2014
  • Flo

    I found your blog a few months ago and have since become a regular reader :)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for sharing this and detailing your process ! This is pretty much exactly what I had been looking for. I headed straight to Skillshare (and agree with you, Tiago Forte’s class is amazing) and am now planning a writing habit starting December 1st based on this class. Seeing your own plan was really helpful and motivating too :)
    Are you planning to do something else in December ?

    30 Nov 2014
  • Wow, great planning! I am trying to establish a similar habit (also taking Tiago’s course!). I’d love to hear about your challenges and triumphs establishing this habit for a full month. Also, if your FB group is still open I’d love to join!

    1 Dec 2014

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