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how to build positive habits, and reduce or eliminate negative habits

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Laurel Eastman wrote:Tiny Habits

This approach by the infamous BJ Fogg has really worked for me.


He offers a free 5 day program, and if you can get his book from the library I highly recommend. The website is also great, and podcasts etc.

Similar and also very helpful is Atomic Habits by James Clear, and I like his email newsletter. https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

I track my new habits on a page in my Bullet Journal - https://bulletjournal.com/ - and try to keep the streak going. I like the paper (analog) tracking more than any apps I've tried.

xx much love to all the Permies

Tiny Habits is in my book list now.

Somehow, I ran across the YouTube that explains using a Bullet Journal and watched it because I was curious after seeing it referred to all over the place - including Laurel's post!

So I watched it (it's a quick, engaging 4:11 minutes), and went 'meh' I get what it is now, but probably not for me.

Then, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I kept wondering if I would like it. So I pulled out just a ruled paper tablet, no cover, not even a journal, and started to use that. And you know, I like it! I'm probably not going to go all colorful sparkly pens and girly stencils like what seems to be the rage these days, but the basic kind, like in the video above, does seem to work for me. We'll see if I keep it up.

Also, I recently learned the term sitzfleisch. Which just basically means sit your butt down and get to work. From This Lifehack Will Change Your Life—If You Can Stand It. Might be the opposite of Sonja's meme (the last on the previous page of this thread), but for those of us working from home with a highly distractable nature, it brings it back down to the basics for me/us.

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Sonja Draven wrote:This touches on some things from this thread and has been true for me.

Geez, too true. I've wasted the best years of my life with that attitude, delaying everything else for 'later' when I'd have time to indulge it. Oh, if I could live my life over again...
But there's always tomorrow. Cheesy but true. Been slowly incorporating some of the suggestions people have come up with, and slowly enriching my life. Encouragement is key.

So here's to everyone who is building themselves healthy! Keep it up! You're doing well! We're all behind you!
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