How to Make Habits Stick

Did you make a New Year's resolution that you need help following through with? Want tips on how to make new habits stick? Keep reading for some of our top picks to make habits stick.

The 21-Day Rule

Some say it takes a minimum of 21 days performing a task to form a new habit, originating from Dr. Maxwell Maltz and his book Psycho-cybernetics and Self-fulfillment. Whether you believe the 21-day rule is a myth or not, you have nothing to lose by trying it out. Here are some books you might find helpful.

21 Days to Resilience

Mind Hacking

The Tapping Solution for Manifesting your Greatest Self

21 Days to Stop Smoking

Keto for Life

Gratitude Daily

The Vegan Way

Get Mindful

Use mindfulness to take advantage of our brain's habit-forming process to help make habits stick (or bad habits un-stick).

Habit Changers

The Craving Mind

The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Unfu*k Yourself

Start Small

Some say the solution to getting habits to stick is to start small. Instead of starting a brand new diet, add something new to each meal. Instead of running for an hour, start running for 10 minutes. Break your cleaning chores into small, attainable goals, like cleaning off the table. Get more tips with these books on starting small.

Atomic Habits

Tiny Habits

32 Small Changes to Create A Life Long Habit of Self-discipline, Laser-sharp Focus, and Extreme Prod

Eat Move Sleep

Small Move, Big Change


There is certainly no shortage of books to help you make good habits and break bad ones, and these are on the top of the list for must-reads. Not sure where to start? Pick one of these and see where it takes you.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Power of Habit

Change your Schedule, Change your Life

Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits

Good Habits, Bad Habits

High Performance Habits

You've Got to Read This Book!

Smart Change

Habit Tracking

If you are interested in tracking your habits, you might consider starting (or adding to) a bullet journal. Bullet journaling is a great way to keep track of your habits and where you are in reaching your goals.

What books or methods have helped you stick with your habits? Share in the comments!