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Engineer Your Environment for More Productive Habits

https://riskology.co/habit-environment/

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Engineer Your Environment for More Productive Habits
The gist: We know friends and family influence our habits. So does the space you work in. For more productive habits, engineer your environment to encourage them. 1970s America faced a big problem. The Vietnam war was winding down and the troops were coming home... addicted to heroin.

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Habits and environment

Your habits are a product of your environment

There’s a special connection between the things you do and the places you do them. This is critical to know if you have a bad habit you want to break or a productive one you’d like to start.

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To change a habit

... change your environment. Habits, both good and bad, can also be tied to the feelings and circumstances that come with an environment.

For more productive habits, engineer your environment to encourage them.

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Identify your trigger environments

To break a bad habit, figure out where you tend to be when you do that bad habit. Your environment is taking over for your brain and, until you figure out where these things happen, you’ll be relatively helpless to change them.

When you identify where you’re most likely to do the things you wish you wouldn’t, you’ll improve your odds of actually stopping.

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Creating friction between us and the open black hole of the online distractions helps us focus on work.

Getting an early start

Getting an early start

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