Those who are in the habit of teaching don't have a hard time doing the same thing every day. When the bell rings, we automatically move to the door to wait for the next lesson. However, picture having to teach a different class when the bell rings. Prepare for a new set of tasks by finding the books, pencils, rubbers, etc. Or perhaps you have to explain your routines to a different teacher when you enrol in a course. And all that contemplating makes you more susceptible to criticism from others when you are outside of your comfort zone.
When I wasn't at school recently, I became aware of this. I started to procrastinate and forget things when I had to alter my habits. You could argue that I just found the new hobbies less engaging than teaching, but I don't think that's the case. Rather, I believe it has to do with the amount of mental and physical work needed to accomplish an activity that is not yet a habit. This is why so many of my goals have failed, despite my best efforts.
The benefit of my experience is that I now have newfound empathy for coaches who are having trouble developing certain teaching habits. Before, I believed that a lack of willpower would be the cause of someone's inability to grow their pedagogical understanding. But I've come to realise how beneficial having a schedule is to your life. One consequence of regularly exercising is that habit takes over and you have less willpower. Once established, habits might help us withstand the challenges life throws our way. According to a study in the journal of personality and social psychology, when we are anxious or exhausted, we are more inclined to fall back on our routines, whether they are good or harmful, and we are also more likely to engage in them frequently.
According to Professor Wendy Wood of South California US, who conducted the research, "When we try to alter behaviour, we strategize about motivation and self-control, but what we should be thinking about instead is how to set up new habits."
To avoid the everyday internal struggles and hesitation that come with having to ponder and make decisions about everything, it is worthwhile to develop excellent habits.