Discover the different types of habits - routine and all-the-time - and learn how they impact your daily life and personal growth.

The 2 Types Of Habits - Routine Habits Vs. All The Time Habits

Jan 3, 2024

By Will Moore

There I was, stuck in the never-ending loop of snooze-button mornings and mind-numbing daily routines. My life felt like an episode of Groundhog Day on repeat, and I was desperate for a change.

But where to begin? That's when I discovered the secret sauce of habits – the game-changers that could transform my mundane existence into a thrilling adventure.

Today, I'm here to share that wisdom with you.

I'm here to share the epic tale of routine habits and all-the-time habits in a gamified adventure that will leave you inspired, entertained, and ready to conquer your habit challenges.

We'll explore two types of habits: routine habits and all-the-time habits.

Ready to level up? Let's roll!

The Battle Begins Between The Different Types Of Habits!

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Alright, let's dive into the nitty-gritty of this epic habit showdown!

Routine Habits: The Groundhog Day Effect

First up, we have Routine Habits – the reliable workhorses of our daily lives. These habits are the little automation that keeps us functioning, like brushing our teeth, putting on mismatched socks (come on, we've all done it!), and brewing that morning cup of liquid motivation.


Negative Side: Imagine being stuck in the clutches of a relentless routine habit like mindlessly scrolling through social media for hours on end. Your thumb becomes a frenzied athlete, and your brain. Well, it's on a coffee break. Time slips away, and poof! There goes your productivity.

Positive Side: On the bright side, routine habits can save our bacon! Picture this: you're half asleep, but your trusty morning routine kicks in. You roll out of bed, zombie-walk to the kitchen, and miraculously create a perfect cup of coffee. Suddenly, the world feels right again – you're ready to face the day!

As Nir Eyal, a bestselling author and behavioral design expert, explains in interview with CNBC that approximately 45% of our daily behaviors are habits. Remember, the key is to focus on creating routines that can eventually become habits.

All the Time Habits: Superpowers Unleashed

Now, brace yourself for the grand entrance of All the Time Habits (also known as motor habits) – the 24/7 MVPs of personal development. These habits are your constant companions, the Robin to your Batman, the sidekicks that cheer you on during your journey of self-improvement.

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Emotional habits, health habits, financial habits, intellectual habits, social habits, and any habits related to your daily life are included in all the time habits. These habits shape your mental health or mindset (One of the 5 core Areas Of Life) and are required for a fulfilling life.


--> Negative Side: Ah, the dreaded all the time habit of negative self-talk. It's like having a snarky, little voice in your head that loves to rain on your parade. "You'll never make it," it sneers. "Might as well give up now." Ugh, talk about a party pooper!

--> Positive Side: But fret not, because there's a heroic all-the-time habit ready to save the day! Meet your new BFF – the habit of gratitude. This superstar reminds you to focus on the positive things in life, like finding money in your pocket or discovering an unopened bag of chips in the pantry (seriously, best feeling ever).

Everyone wants all their habits to be positive, and I hope the same is with you. But how do you do that? Frausting process, isn't it? Don't worry!

I have been teaching the way to create success habits (Good Habits) and change failure habits (Bad Habits) for a while now. Let's not waste any more time and discuss what you can do.

Crafting a Positive Routine: Level Up Your Life

Welcome to the world of positive routines, where daily habits become your secret weapon for success!

A positive routine is like having your own customized power-up sequence designed to supercharge your productivity, happiness, and overall awesomeness

It is more than just a mundane checklist of tasks. It's a carefully curated collection of habits that align with your goals, values, and aspirations.

Gretchen Rubin, acclaimed author of the bestseller “Better Than Before,” says that “Habits are liberating, energizing, and incredibly potent. If there’s something you aspire to do regularly in your life - such as New Year resolutions - habits can significantly ease the burden of follow-through. They relieve us from the exhausting task of decision-making and exercising self-control.”

Rubi talks about woman who has refined her lifestyle by recognizing her shortcomings and finding ways to overcome them: “I don’t have to make a decision to rise at 6am - that’s a habit for me, it’s on autopilot,” she says.

This is a perfect example of a positive routine habit that has become so ingrained, it’s automatic.

Leveling Up Your Routine: A Gamified Guide

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Step 1: Quest Identification

Embark on a journey of self-discovery. Identify the areas of your life where you want to level up. Is it your fitness, creativity, career, or personal relationships? Choose your quests wisely, young hero.

Step 2: Character Customization

Design your ideal daily routine by selecting habits that support your quests. Are you a morning warrior or a night owl? Build a routine that suits your unique style and preferences. Don't forget to add a dash of playfulness and humor to keep things interesting!

Step 3: Experience Points (XP) Accumulation

Track your progress and gain XP as you complete each habit. Create a rewards system for yourself. Maybe it's treating yourself to a delicious snack, indulging in a guilt-free Netflix binge, or even getting that shiny new gadget you've had your eye on.

Step 4: Boss Battle Preparation

Identify potential obstacles and create contingency plans. Remember, life loves to throw curveballs, so be ready to dodge and counter with your habits. If you know Mondays are your kryptonite, plan a powerful morning routine to conquer them!

Step 5: Power-Ups and Buffs

Enhance your routine with power-ups and buffs. These are habits that have an immediate positive impact on your well-being. It could be meditation, journaling, or even dancing like no one's watching. Activate these special abilities whenever you need an extra boost.

Step 6: Unlocking New Levels

As you master your routine, unlock new levels of growth and personal development.Challenge yourself to add new habits or level up existing ones. Remember, the journey is ongoing, and each milestone reached brings you closer to becoming the ultimate habit master.

Congratulations, adventurer! You now possess the tools to create a positive routine that will level up your life. So grab your sword (or pen), summon your courage, and embark on this exciting quest. The world is waiting for your greatness!

All the Time Habits: Mastering Success Mode

Imagine possessing a set of habits that effortlessly elevate your life to the next level, no matter the circumstances. We're talking about positive all-the-time habits—a supercharged arsenal that helps you excel in every aspect of your journey. Buckle up because we're about to reveal the secret sauce to becoming an unstoppable force!

Overview of Positive All the Time Habits

Positive all the time habits are like an invisible cloak of awesomeness that you wear effortlessly. They are ingrained behaviors that automatically kick in, guiding your actions toward positive outcomes. These habits become your superpowers, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with grace and finesse.

Storytime with Will Moore: How a Good All the Time Habit Impacted My Job Interview

Allow me to share a personal story that highlights the remarkable impact of a positive time habit.

Picture this: I was preparing for a crucial job interview—a high-stakes opportunity that could shape my future. As I walked into the office, nerves rattling my brain, something unexpected happened.

The receptionist offered me a cup of coffee, and without hesitation, I politely declined, explaining that I don't consume caffeine. It was an unconscious response, thanks to my habit of prioritizing my health and well-being.

Little did I know the person sitting next to me in the waiting area was the CEO of the company. He overheard our interaction and was impressed by my discipline and self-awareness. This seemingly small moment created a positive impression that carried throughout the interview.

Long story short, I aced the interview and got the job, all thanks to my habit and its positive ripple effect on my life.

Mastering Success Mode: A Gamified Guide:

Step 1: Identify Your Superpowers

Reflect on the areas of your life where you want to excel consistently. Is it your communication skills, empathy, productivity, or physical health?

Developing good financial habits, learning lifestyle habits, or productivity habits all start with discovering what you exactly need and what your superpowers are.

Discover your unique set of superpowers that, when honed into habits, can make a significant difference in your life. Psychological theories explain that habits are acquired dispositions.

Step 2: Leveling Up Your Habits

Choose specific all the time habits that align with your desired superpowers. These habits should be automatic and instinctive, effortlessly guiding your actions toward positive outcomes.

For example, actively listening to others without interrupting or engaging in random acts of kindness. Gamify your life by seeing these actions as in-game achievements that reward you with experience points for your character.

Step 3: Embedding the Habits

Repetition is the key to embedding habits into your daily routine. Create reminders, use visualization techniques, or leverage technology to reinforce your all-the-time habits. And speaking of technology, we have a special treat for you!

Balancing Routine and All-Time Habits:

In the quest for personal growth and success, both routine and all the time habits play a vital role. While routine habits provide structure and stability, all the time habits act as catalysts, propelling us forward even in the face of uncertainty.

It's the harmonious blend of these two types of habits that unlocks our true potential. By cultivating a positive routine and embracing all-the-time habits, we create a powerful synergy that transforms our lives.

So, let's harness the magic of habits, level up our characters, and embark on an extraordinary journey toward lasting success.

Summary - Different Types of Habits

We explored the fascinating world of habits, focusing on routine habits versus positive all the time habits. Routine habits provide a foundation of stability and structure in our lives, while positive time habits act as our superpowers, guiding us toward success regardless of the circumstances.

We discussed examples of types of habits, emphasizing the importance of cultivating a positive routine and unleashing the power of all the time habits. We also delved into a gamified approach to habit-building, where we embark on quests, earn rewards, and utilize the Habits AI to master our habits like never before.

By balancing routine and all the time habits, we empower ourselves to lead extraordinary lives filled with growth, achievement, and joy. If you are interested in more Blogs related to habit formation, we have tons that you can read on the Habits Blog Page.

Unlock Your Full Potential: Take the First Step Now

You've just read an article that dives deep into the importance of routines and habits, offering actionable insights on how to get them working for you. What if we told you that the solutions discussed are part of a proven system designed to help you level up in every aspect of your life?

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Will Moore is a gamification, habits and happiness expert.

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