Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good
In the workplace and in life, we are little more than the sum of our habits. Who we are and what we accomplish depends largely on a vast network of routines and behaviors that we carry out with little to no thought whatsoever. As neuroscientist David Eagleman writes in Incognito, “Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making. And most of the time, it’s not.” Habits are the brain’s own internal productivity drivers. In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, writer Charles Duhigg does a deep dive into the science of habits to explain how they work and how we can change them. How Habits Get Formed. When we first engage in a new task, our brains are working hard—processing tons of new information as we find our way. How Habit Loops Work. Habits consist of a simple, but extremely powerful, three-step loop. Both of those rewards are valid and necessary.
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