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How to Quit Bad Habits Right Now Using "Friction"

To Quit Bad Habits

  • Grab a piece of paper and write down all the habits that you think are unhealthy and want to get rid of. Once you have finished, rank them in order. Now start with number #1. Forget the rest for now.
  • Add layers of “friction” to your vices to make it harder for yourself to keep doing them. Keep adding layers of friction of time, money, or both.

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How Friction Can Help You

In tech, friction refers to the steps a customer needs to take to perform a certain action. Too many steps and your funnel starts to leak.

For you, on the other hand, the harder it is to perform a habit, the less you will want to do it. This is crucial.

To Quit Bad Habits

  • Grab a piece of paper and write down all the habits that you think are unhealthy and want to get rid of. Once you have finished, rank them in order. Now start with number #1. Forget the rest for now.
  • Add layers of “friction” to your vices to make it harder for yourself to keep doing them. Keep adding layers of friction of time, money, or both.

Quitting Social Media

  • Remove all social media apps from your phone
  • Change your passwords to something impossible to remember. Save them in a document/cloud
  • Log out after each session.
  • The radical option: Delete your accounts.

Quit Excessive Web Browsing

  • Use a time tracker to figure where you spend most of your web browsing. Knowing the time-wasters is the first step
  • Remove the Bookmarks bar. Next time you want to browse something, you’ll have to manually type it
  • If you use the Pomodoro Productivity to work, use special tools to disable distracting websites while on a 25-minute sprint
  • Radical option: blacklist websites that aren’t essential for work. 

Quitting Coffee

  • Sell, donate or throw away your coffee maker at home. If you want coffee, you’ll need to go outside.
  • Put tea next to the coffee.
  • Don’t drink sodas, as most of them are caffeinated.
  • If you must drink coffee, always drink decaf and no more than 1 per day.
  • Don’t go to coffee shops.

Quit Compulsive Shopping

  • Never buy an item on the first impulse.
  • Unsubscribe from all newsletters with “discounts” and “special offers”. 
  • Same for the physical life: don’t go to the mall to buy something you can get somewhere else.
  • Don’t carry credit cards in your wallet. Leave them in a drawer at home instead. No 1-click purchase with PayPal and no using credit cards online. 

Dealing With Binge Eating

  • Don’t even buy snacks at the supermarket. 
  • Switch your meals to defaults by eating the same things over and over again. 
  • Trade unhealthy snacks with healthy ones. 
  • Don’t go to fast-food restaurants.

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"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."

Marcus Aurelius
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Phenomena that happen outside of us don’t cause happiness. They might be correlated with happiness but it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship. 

The most important part is what happens in our brain between the external event (a good cup of coffee) and our state of happiness.

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

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Everyone wants to cultivate better habits. The problem is very few of us want to do the work to make those habits a reality.

Develop better habits by:
  • Thinking really small: it accumulates and adds up in a big way;
  • Shifting your evironment, so that good habits are easier to keep;
  • Piggybacking new habits on old habits: 
  • Surrounding yourself with good people:
  • Keeping it simple: short lists, reachable;
  • Picking yourself up when you fall.
Struggling To Build Healthy Habits
  • We tend to bite off more than we can chew, go too fast too soon, and then get overwhelmed too quickly.
  • We’re conditioned these days to expect and receive instant gratification.
Your “Big Why”

As you’re determining the habits or resolutions you’re trying to set, make the habit part of a bigger cause that’s worth the struggle.

You’re not just going to the gym, you’re building a new body that you’re not ashamed of so you can start dating again.

Healthy Habit Building 101

There are 3 parts to a good or bad habit: Cue (what triggers the action), Routine (the action itself), Reward (the positive result because of the action).

You have trained your brain to take a cue (you see a doughnut), anticipate a reward (a sugar high), and make the behavior automatic (nom that donut). 

Compare that to a cue (you see your running shoes), anticipate a reward (a runner’s high), and make the behavior automatic (go for a run!).

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