66 days is the time it takes on average to change a habit.
Research on this subject was done in the year 2009 and before by DR PHILLIPPA LALLY, Research Associate in Health Psychology. She wrote a paper on it published it 16th July 2009 and then got her research ‘used’ by hundreds of blogs. Like this one. Click on either the researcher, or the paper to be forwarded to the original pages:
66 Days is a lot of time: a little more than two months.
Mind you, this is all on average. The research found out that it took less time to get the habit of drinking a glass of water before breakfast (21 days), as it took to do 50 sit-ups before breakfast (110 days). And I quote from the abstract of the article: “The time it took participants to reach 95% of their asymptote of automaticity ranged from 18 to 254 days; indicating considerable variation in how long it takes people to reach their limit of automaticity and highlighting that it can take a very long time.”
Well, my previous article is partly about changing habits:
- Changing the habit to plan every day in advance.
- Changing the habit to regularly during the day, check the ‘ramsay-meter’.
- Creating the habit to surrender, whenever that need arises (in my case during stress, and/or when ill)
It seems that it will take a lot of perseverance to get there.