9 Steps To New Year's Resolutions That Last Longer Than New Year's Day
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Making something habitual means you don’t have to exert willpower:
You spend 40% of every day on autopilot, just performing habits and it’s not exhausting at all.
Here’s Roy again:
The more you follow a routine, plan in advance, or operate on the basis of habit, the less moment-to-moment strain there is, and the less demand for willpower.
Manipulate your environment to make what you should do easy and what you shouldn’t do hard:
Change your environment so you don’t have to exert self-control. Throw out the donuts. Hide the booze. This has been shown to be very powerful.
“Whether we’re talking about college students or people in the community, 45% of the behaviors participants listed in their diaries tended to be repeated in the same location almost every day.”
If you can make good habits take 20 seconds less time to perform and bad habits 20 seconds longer, you’ll likely see big changes in your behavior.
If you fall off the wagon, get back on it:
In Richard Wiseman’s study of people who achieved their goals he realized we should:
Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary set-back rather than a reason to give up altogether.
So you say you’re not going to eat cookies. Then you accidentally eat a cookie. That’s not when the diet is blown.
The diet is blown when you eat the one cookie and say “So much for that resolution” — and then devour the rest of the bag.
Don’t get discouraged.
I make my resolutions based on what I'm already doing well that I want to keep doing, instead of what I want to stop doing. Success rate 100%.
The easiest way to get rid of bad habits is to let them die of neglect.