I developed a habit of flossing everyday when my dentist showed me a zoomed in shot of my teeth after extended periods of not flossing (ew).

I developed a habit of tracking my finances everyday when my wife expressed concern over marrying me with $17,000 in student loans hanging over my head.

I developed a habit of writing code everyday when my first job out of college wasn’t nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped and the pay sucked.

I developed a habit of writing everyday when I realized that I wasn’t able to articulate my thoughts as well as I’d like and I couldn’t go another year without starting a book.

The most effective way to start something new is to encounter a problem that surpasses your desire to procrastinate. If you haven’t started that project or kicked that bad habit, maybe your problem isn’t quite understood yet.