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Automaticity

This is the ability to perform a behavior without thinking about each step, which allows the pattern to become automatic and habitual.

Because when you begin practicing a new habit it requires a lot of conscious effort to remember to do it. But after a while, your new habit becomes a normal routine and the process is more or less mindless and automatic.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

People who try to accomplish multiple goals are less committed and less likely to succeed than those who focus on a single goal.

So it's important to remember that developing a specific plan for when, where, and how you will stick to a new habit will dramatically increase the odds that you will actually follow through, but only if you focus on one thing.

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You are 2x to 3x more likely to follow through with a habit if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you are going to implement it. This is known as an implementation intention.

You can use this formula: “During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on [DAY] at [TIME OF DAY] at/in [PLACE].

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Goal setting

Is the act of selecting a target or objective you wish to achieve.

Goal setting is not only about choosing the rewards you want to enjoy, but also the costs you are willing to pay to achieve your goals.

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Habits or Skills

Decide whether what you're trying to improve is mostly a habit or mostly a skill: if your main problem is with doing something you already know how to do, but doing it consistently, that’s probably a habit. If your main problem is not knowing how to do something well enough, that’s probably a skill.

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Akrasia happens when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else.

It's what prevents you from following through on what you set out to do. It could be translated into procrastination or a lack of self-control.

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