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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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.
... 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.
The schedule that makes you start early, and mimic the office hours works best, as you end up being free earlier too. However, night owls may find working at night to be more productive or comfortable for them.
Maintaining a schedule in a routine, while incorporating regular exercise with it, works best.
The desire to procrastinate is a healthy brain craving, a natural need for novelty and curiosity. We must stop the negative self-talk we have towards us not working as a machine all the time. The leisure ‘do nothing’ time is extremely important for the brain's creative juices to start flowing.
Our feeling guilty and ashamed will only hinder our progress.
Take that first hour to think about the day ahead of you, read a book, enjoy your breakfast, coffee or tea.
A smartphone’s primary function is to interrupt you. Don’t let other people or apps interrupt you during the first hour of your day.