How to Make Your Future Habits Easy
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If you watch too much television, unplug it after each use. Only plug it back in if you can say out loud the name of the show you want to watch. (Which prevents you from turning on Netflix and “just finding something” to watch.) This setup creates just enough friction to prevent mindless viewing.
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Pointing-and-calling is so effective because it raises the level of awareness from a nonconscious habit to a more conscious level.
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... for discovering which habits to change:
Changing a behavior always starts with awareness.
Focus on recognizing your habits and acknowledge the cues that trigger them, which makes it easier to discover which habits you should change and respond in a way that benefits you
Is a simple and effective thing to do if you want to stick with a habit for good. No matter the format (calendar, journal, app), it provides immediate evidence whether you are making progress or...
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“First, never underestimate the power of inertia. Second, that power can be harnessed.”
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Sun Tzu, the legendary military strategist, preferred to win without fighting or, at the very least, to win the easiest battles first.
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In most situations failure is not a result of poor willpower, but a result of poor strategy.
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