Then, consider one way you will bring greater mindfulness to the habit or vice and one way you will use one of your strengths with it.
Finally, apply the strength and mindfulness to your autopilot mind as you do the activity.
This exercise is called “From Mindless to Mindful” and is one of the exercises discussed in my new book, Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing.
What Underlies This Practice?
Habits, by definition, have a mindlessness component and can operate on their own, without much conscious awareness required by us. We can understand this with the metaphor of “autopilot.” When an airline pilot has the plane at a nice cruising speed, he or she can turn on autopilot so the plane can fly itself. Our habits work the same way. Our autopilot mind takes over and flies our habits wherever our mind wishes to go.