Habits underpin our lives.
Without them, every day would be a bewildering mess of decision-making for activities we thankfully don’t have to think about. It’s because so many parts of our daily routine—from reading the newspaper to commuting to work—are on autopilot that we can afford to focus on finishing that new work project or deciding if a new car is worth it.
We are not conscious of how habits are formed, nor can we get rid of them easily. But Covid-19 has turned that on its head.
Unprecedented restrictions on people’s movement over the past few months, coupled with pay cuts and job losses, have challenged the notion that habits are hard to dislodge.