To read more about the study, google the the reference: doi: 10.1037/xge0000110.
The best time to start that good habit is 20 years ago. The second best time is right now.
Last week, my son told me that he wanted to stop eating sugar. His plan: start the new habit from the next day, because he had some treats he wanted to finish that day. Why waste them?
I told him that waiting to start is the KILLER of good habits. If you decide to smart tomorrow, you are deciding to fail.
A 2015 study by Gustavson, et. al shows that procrastination is influenced by genetics. People with strong general executive functions don’t procrastinate as much. And apparently the specific executive components are influenced by genetics. Bad news. But you are not bound by correlations to genetics. Start today.
Follow up: my son still eats sugar.