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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

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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What's one of the WORST ways to motivate someone? Hint: You see it all the time. Like This Post On Facebook TRUE or FALSE: The best way to motivate a certain behavior in someone is simply to reward them for it. False. Well, kind of. Of course, it's not entirely that simple. The ideal motivation depends on what kind of task you're trying to get someone to accomplish. The Habit Change Worksheet Yesterday we talked about habit change and some ways to change a bad habit into a good one. We found that the golden rule of habit change was to keep the old cue, and the old reward, but change the routine. I decided to come up with a habit change worksheet, to list out a bad habit and explore what the cues are and also the rewards. once we have those listed we can change the routine and hopefully the habit.

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