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The Things That Get in the Way of Doing. By Leo Babauta After working on my procrastination, mindfulness and productivity habits for the last 9 years, I’ve gotten much better at doing and accomplishing.

The Things That Get in the Way of Doing

Today I sent out the digital editions of my book to Kickstarter backers, for example, while working on a 13-person coaching program, a habits membership program that has several thousand readers, writing a guide on mindfulness, preparing for several webinars, and of course writing this post. One task at a time, but lots getting done. And yet … I still have things that get in the way of my doing. The Habit Change Cheatsheet: 29 Ways to Successfully Ingrain a Behavior : zenhabits. We are what we repeatedly do.

The Habit Change Cheatsheet: 29 Ways to Successfully Ingrain a Behavior : zenhabits

Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle Our daily lives are often a series of habits played out through the day, a trammeled existence fettered by the slow accretion of our previous actions. By Leo Babauta But habits can be changed, as difficult as that may seem sometimes. I’m a living example: in tiny, almost infinitesimal steps, I’ve changed a laundry list of habits. It’s possible. And while I’ve written about habit change many times over the course of the life of Zen Habits, today I thought I’d put the best tips all together in one cheatsheet, for those new to the blog and for those who could use the reminders. Keep it simple Habit change is not that complicated. The simple steps of habit change: 1. 2. 3. That’s it. The Habit Change Cheatsheet The following is a compilation of tips to help you change a habit. 1. 2. 13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits.

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Post written by Leo Babauta.

13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits

Follow me on Twitter. I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. The Four Habits that Form Habits. By Leo Babauta My daughter wants to work out more, but she has a hard time forming the habit (many of you might be familiar with this problem).

The Four Habits that Form Habits

From having to get dressed to go to the gym, to actually going to the gym, to the thought of a hard workout … our minds tend to put off the habit. The solution is exceedingly simple: just do 3 pushups. Or tell yourself you have to walk/jog for just one minute. Make it so easy you can’t say no. Of course, most people will think that’s too easy, and tell themselves they have to do more than that. Learn the fundamentals of habits before you try to do the advanced skills. Today we’re going to go over the fundamentals of habit — four key habits to form habits.

Habit 1: Start Exceedingly Small Another common habit that too few people actually do is flossing daily. Of course, that seems so ridiculous most people laugh. That’s the point. 6 Things You Can Do When You Lack Discipline. Post written by Leo Babauta.

6 Things You Can Do When You Lack Discipline

Follow me on Twitter. One of the biggest problems people face is the lack of discipline — they have goals or habits they want to achieve, but lack that discipline needed to stick with it. Then we beat ourselves up about it. We feel crappy because we can’t stick with it. The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes. What You Can Say Instead of “I Don’t Feel Like It” By Leo Babauta Too often we let ourselves be ruled by our moods — which leads to procrastination, a lack of exercise, eating poorly, constant online distractions, and more.

What You Can Say Instead of “I Don’t Feel Like It”

Mood is a poor indicator of whether you should do something. Consider the following examples: » When Willpower is Trumped by Bad Habits. ‘Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.’

» When Willpower is Trumped by Bad Habits

~J. Petit-Senn. How to Change Your Life: A User's Guide. ‘You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.’

How to Change Your Life: A User's Guide

~Mike Murdock By Leo Babauta Start with a simple statement: what do you want to be? Are you hoping to someday be a writer, a musician, a designer, a programmer, a polyglot, a carpenter, a manga artist, an entrepreneur, an expert at something? How do you get there? Do you set yourself a big goal to complete by the end of the year, or in three months? I’m going to lay down the law here, based on many many experiments I’ve done in the last 7 years: nothing will change unless you make a daily change. The Elements of Change. ‘Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure.

The Elements of Change

But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.’ ~Shunryu Suzuki Post written by Leo Babauta. A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit. By Leo Babauta There aren’t many of us who don’t have some bad habit we’d like to quit: smoking, sweets, shopping, nail-biting, porn, excessive checking of phones or social media, other distractions … The problem is that we think we don’t have the willpower, faced with past evidence of failure after failure when we’ve tried to quit before.

A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit