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Category Archives for Habit Formation

Create an Effective Reading Habit

Nowadays we are continuously coming across more and more interesting reading material, and every day the pile of “to-read” books or material grows bigger and bigger. A good reading habit will help you get through the pile and has additional benefits like reducing stress, improving memory, and enhancing creativity.

The first part of this article will deal with improving your reading and making it more effective. The second part will identify tips to make reading into a habit. Continue reading →

The Real Reasons why a New Habit Fails to Stick

According to research, 81-92 % of resolutions fail. That’s a lot of new habits that fail to stick.

To create or stick a new habit (or the better option; replacing an old habit) is hard because you are effectively re-wiring your brain.

You brain has developed nice connections (neural pathways) between an existing behaviour and a reward. Over time, that connection has strengthened and gone from a thin path to a sturdy connection Continue reading →

10 Essential Tips To Build A Good Habit

Everybody wants good habits but they seem to allude us.

Around 40% of your daily behaviours are completed out of habit according to research at Duke University. As Aristotle poignantly stated, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit”. It makes sense to build good habits that set you up for excellence.

 

Here are 10 tips to help you build a good habit that sticks: Continue reading →

Positive or Negative Reinforcement. Which is better?

Many of us know the old carrot and stick approach. This approach is in reference to a cart driver dangling a carrot in front of a mule and holding a stick behind it. The mule would move towards the carrot because it wants the reward of food, while also moving away from the stick behind it, since it does not want the punishment of pain, thus drawing the cart. Continue reading →

2 Simple Steps to Stop Procrastination

Most of our day is spent on auto-pilot. Many of us procrastinate, we rationalize delaying tasks.

Did you know that there is a way to stop procrastination and that this method can become habit?

Stop procrastination in two simple steps.

 

Procrastination is something that many of us are affected by. We avoid doing a task which needs to be accomplished and instead choose more pleasurable things. Continue reading →

The key Elements of a Habit

 

The study of habits has been break habits down into three elements or parts.

There are two leading views about these elements but essentially they come down to the same thing

Charles Duhiggs Habit Loop

According to Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit”, habits consist of three elements, the trigger or cue, the routine and the reward. Duhigg refers to this process as the habit loop.

  1. The Cue/Trigger: the event that starts the habit.
  2. The Routine: the behaviour that is performed.
  3. The Reward: the benefit that you get from the behaviour.

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Do donuts hold the key to lasting habits?

Answer: Yes but not in the way we would like…

 

This time it’s for real”.  You’ve been telling yourself “this time” you’re going to lose the weight, learn that business skill, start waking up early and achieve more in your day. You know you promised yourself the same thing last year, and the year before that, but this year, this year is different. Right?

 

We repeat the sequence, epiphany, lack of action, a feeling of failure. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman found that 88% of resolutions fall away before the year is up.

 

So why do we fail? Continue reading →