“When the problem arose for us whether habit or theory was better for getting virtue – if by theory is meant what teaches us correct conduct, and by habit we mean being accustomed to act accordingly to this theory – Musonius thought habit to be more effective.” Musonius Rufus, Lectures.

When you know what needs to be done and how to go about it – more or less – then there remains just one thing: actually getting on with it. If there is no more to know about the subject, then your procrastination is the thief of time. Practice makes progress – and good practice forms good habits – those often-unconscious micro-behaviours that form the foundation of your ongoing success.

What little successful habits, what little micro-behaviours, can you repeat and reinforce today? If washing your hands is a good habit for reducing the risk of infection, then that bar of soap ain’t gonna rub itself!