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The punch line is clear:

"People who make a specific plan for when and where they will perform a new habit are more likely to follow through."

We tell ourselves, “I’m going to eat healthier” or “I’m going to write more,” but we never say when and where these habits are going to happen. We leave it up to chance and hope that we will “just remember to do it” or feel motivated at the right time".

"Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity".

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MORE IDEAS FROM Atomic Habits

The French philosopher Denis Diderot was well known for his role as the co-founder and writer of Encyclopédie , one of the most comprehensive encyclopedias of the time. He lived nearly his entire life in poverty, but that all changed one day in 1765.

Diderot’s daughter was about to be married and he could not afford to pay for the wedding.

When Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia, heard of Diderot’s financial troubles, being his book lover bought his library.  

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The best way to start a new habit is by Implementation Intention. 

It is a plan you make beforehand about when and where to act. That is, how you intend to implement a particular habit.

The format for creating an implementation intension is :

“When situation X arises, I will perform response Y.”

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Habits are mental shortcuts

A habit is a routine or behavior that is carried out repeatedly and most of the time automatically.

When you are faced with a problem repeatedly, your brain starts to automate the process of solving it. Your habits are sets of automatic solutions that solve the problems you come across regularly.

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Planning vs taking action

Motion makes you feel like you're getting things done. But really, you're just preparing to get something done.

Most of the time we're so focused on figuring out the best approach that we never get around to taking action.

Planning and strategizing are all good things, but they don't produce results.

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