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18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick

18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick
Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything run on autopilot? Chores, exercise, eating healthy and getting your work done just happening automatically. Unless they manage to invent robot servants, all your work isn’t going to disappear overnight. But if you program behaviors as new habits you can take out the struggle. With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

How To Create A Habit In 15 Days Most of our life is lived by habits. We learn how to ride a bike, how to drive a car, we even learn how to speak and read. And then we do all of these with minimum effort and implication. As any other things in our life, habits are just tools we use in our joyful exploration of life. In today’s post I’ll share some of my experiences with habit creation using one of my favorite activities: journaling. Why Do You Need A New Habit? Well, let’s say you want a new habit in order to: write on your blog more oftenupdate your twitter status dailywrite each day a page from your new bookstart a fitness programstart a new eating habit or dietlearn a new language All these new activities are made by some repetitive tasks, a set of moves you have to do daily in order to get some positive results. How To Create A Habit In 15 Days All you need for that is a journal. Day 1: Name your habit Define it in the shortest, yet most understandable sentence you can write. Day 2: Describe your actions in detail

50+ Personal Productivity Blogs You’ve Never Heard of Before (and about a dozen you probably have) - Stepcase Lifehack The personal productivity niche on the Web has grown by leaps and bounds since Lifehack launched only a few years ago. While a few sites dominate the rankings, there are lots and lots of lesser-known sites that are as good or even better than the “A-list” productivity blogs. Most of them are solo operations — the GTD newbie documenting his or her quest for greater control over their life, the coach or consultant sharing his or her knowledge with the world, the writer adding to his or her published work with notes, errata, and new findings. Their voice is personal, intimate even — and deserves to be heard. Of course, the big names are here too — after all, I owe some of them a tremendous debt for helping me get a grip on my own life. Enjoy! 43 Folders: Merlin Mann started a lot of us on this journey, so now he has to pay. Do you know any productivity blogs that the world should know about? Read full content

What It Takes to Form a Good Habit I think "accountability buddy" really misses the point. There is satisfaction and joy in accomplishing the task, but that's where accountability buddy is a misnomer. All habits of any sort will trip, falter, fail, etc. We are humans and we love to connect and share experiences with - even introverts have a means by which they connect and share. By far, the most important aspect of developing any habit is the actual doing of the habit. [From years of experience as fitness center owner/operator] The Power of Habit and How to Rewire Our "Habit Loops" by Maria Popova What Iraqi kebob vendors have to do with your New Year’s resolutions. As a young man, Benjamin Franklin set out to improve himself by devising a chart-based log for tracking his progress against the virtues he identified as essential to good personhood. Each week, he would pick a virtue to cultivate, then put a black pencil mark in his calendar chart on any day he failed to uphold the virtue. This visual feedback on his progress encouraged him, and allowed him to move to a different virtue the following week, hoping that each week would leave him with a “habitude” for that particular virtue. We try to reverse-engineer willpower and flowchart our way to happiness, but in the end, it is habit that is at the heart of our successes and our failures. Duhigg first became fascinated by the power of habit eight years ago, while in Baghdad as a newspaper reporter. So the major summoned Kufa’s mayor and made a strange request: Get the food vendors out of the plaza. Donating = Loving

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently - Heidi Grant Halvorson Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post. Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. 1. To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. 3. Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it. 7. To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. 8. 9. If you want to change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? It is my hope that, after reading about the nine things successful people do differently, you have gained some insight into all the things you have been doing right all along.

How to Quit a Bad Habit by Answering Four Power Questions - Stepcase Lifehack I bet there’s a habit you’d like to quit. Maybe you have even tried, but things haven’t worked out as you hoped. Unfortunately, the very idea of “quitting” can make things difficult for you: let’s discover why. The forbidden fruit is always very attractive. In short, the idea of “quitting” is not doing you any good: something positive need to become the engine of your habit change. 1. Quit! Let’s make a specific example: how could you turn the negative worded goal of “Quit smoking” into a positive one? Look for positive consequences. 2. I have a confession to make: sometimes I complain about something even if I don’t really want to change it. I guess it’s a way to release stress, and I accept it, even if I don’t particularly like it. What about you? 3. You’ve heard it many times. 4. Successful habit change requires a strong motivation. In short, you can answer the fourth question by writing down two separate lists: “Good things I move forward to”, “Bad thing’s I get away from.”

10+ Tips and Tools To Keep Teachers Organized “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” ~ Gustave Flaubert Learning online can be an incredible journey but at some point you may feel overwhelmed with the surplus of information and resources. You may feel very excited about a resource you come across, but want to access that resource at some other date. Perhaps, you are teaching your students how to research online and they want to bookmark and create notes on websites. Many free webtools exist to help us quickly save, bookmark, categorize, store, and share information. These tools are very advanced and store our information in the cloud. Googlize It! Jump on the bandwagon and get a Google account if you haven’t already. G-mail – Make the switch to g-mail. Google Drive – If you haven’t already, make the switch from Google Apps to Google Drive. Google Calendar – Create events and send yourself and students reminders. Bookmarklet It! Bookmark It! Go Mobile! More Resources

How to Build Self-Discipline Discipline is freedom. You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom. In fact the opposite is true. As Stephen R. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Work on an idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded awayGo to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TVWake early to work on yourselfSay “no” when tempted to break your dietOnly check your email a few of times per day at particular times In the past self-discipline has been a weakness of mine, and as a result today I find myself lacking the ability to do a number of things which I would like – e.g. to play the guitar. If you struggle with self-discipline, the good news is that it can be developed. 1. Discipline means behaving according to what you have decided is best, regardless of how you feel in the moment. 2.

THE MENTAL MARATHON THE MENTAL MARATHONBy Mindy Solkin Owner and Head Coach The Running Center We all know that running requires a great amount of physicality. But your mental fortitude is equally important. There are two types of mental training in the sport of running: "Association" and "Dis-association". Association or "associative running" allows you to "tune-in" to your body and its physical sensations, while Dis-association or "dis-associative running" refers to the process of "tuning-out" distractions. ASSOCIATION Association refers to running where your mind is focused on the body and you are intentionally concentrating on physical sensations. The limitations of association include: 1) Harder to learn and apply. 2) Requires mental effort. 3) Requires mental skills. DIS-ASSOCIATION Dis-association refers to running where your mind is focused either on external stimuli or internal distractions. © 2003 The Running Center™ All Rights Reserved

Seven Traits of the Highly Remarkable Man 1stumbleupon Article by Kinowear contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter. Have you ever heard someone speak and felt compelled to soak up every word? You just want to know them, be around them and learn from. That’s the mark of a remarkable person. While some people are born with an enigmatic quality, most people become that way willfully. I’ve learned that there are certain traits that can be studied, practiced and learned that will make you remarkable. So here’s what you have to do… 1. This isn’t about being an ego maniac (see: Kanye West), it’s about being fully grounded in your own unique genius. The truly great man knows he is great, but doesn’t feel he has to prove it. When you’re remarkable, you know it. 2. It’s been wisely said that “perfection is the enemy of the good.” While all truly prolific people know this, they also can’t help but want to exceed and push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. 3. You’ll work while other people are sleeping. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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