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Habits 101

Habits 101

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What Is It

What Is It

A habit is a "settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up."

Simply put, a habit is something done consistently.


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I've found that "good" and "bad" are subjective terms. So I will will not be referring to the types of habits as "good" or "bad."

Instead, they will be:

  • Constructive
  • Destructive


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Constructive Habits

Constructive Habits

Habits where the pros outweigh the cons.

(Just like good and bad, the pros and cons of something are subjective. But I think they have less moral weight behind them.)

Exercise is a great example of a constructive habit. You get tired and sore, but over time you become stronger, have more energy, and are overall happier.

I call them constructive because you are building a better life with them.


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Destructive Habits

Destructive Habits

Habits where the cons outweigh the pros.

Smoking is a good example of this. While nicotine does calm you down, long term use results in major lung and health problems.

I call them destructive because you are worsening what you currently have.


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Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

Doing something everyday for 30 days makes it a habit.

Obviously it doesn't need to be that exact formula, but it is the most effective.

In the same sense, not doing something for 30 days will break the habit. Not necessarily the urge, but the habit.

Keep in mind that progress is not linear. There will be days that you fail. Do not use this as an excuse to not form or break your habit, but as a reason to be patient with yourself.


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Starting Habits

Starting Habits

Make a list of things you want to do but are not doing.

Some habits need to be gradually built up to, and some can be started immediately.

Gradual habits include:

  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Writing

Anything that requires stamina to be built up is gradual.

Immediate habits include:

  • Hygiene
  • Tidying Up
  • Tracking Expenses

Anything small enough to not require much energy, mental or physical, to do.


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Stoping Habits

Stoping Habits

Make a list of things you are doing that you don't want to do.

Much like the previous slide, habits can be destroyed gradually or immediately.

Gradual habits include:

  • Addictions
  • Harmful Thoughts
  • Poor Sleep Hygiene

Anything that requires consistency over a long period of time is gradual.

Immediate habits include:

  • App Usage
  • Online Purchases
  • Not Getting Enough Fresh Air

Anything that can be immediately and easily changed is considered immediate.


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