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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.

https://www.tinyhabits.com/

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.

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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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One important thing I know that I need to do when establishing/maintaining habits is to make a more pleasant experience out of them. And I believe that this particularly applies to the never-ending repetitive daily homekeeping habits of clearing counters, washing dishes, sweeping floors, and folding laundry. Over and over and over again they must be done--and no matter how well I do them on Tuesday, there will be more to do on Wednesday. This is so demoralizing it increases my desire to procrastinate and puts me and the house in an even worse state of affairs.

I do listen to music and sometimes audiobooks, etc. But that is the entirety of my ideas for making my repetitive, mindless home chores more pleasant. Are there any other ideas for 1) making the routine working time more pleasant, and 2) arriving at a sense of completion with these tasks, at least for that specific day?
 
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Rachel Lindsay wrote: Are there any other ideas for 1) making the routine working time more pleasant, and 2) arriving at a sense of completion with these tasks, at least for that specific day?



It's so much easier when the task MUST be done, as opposed to it being something that should be done. I've gotten into the habit of focusing my thoughts on how much better I'll feel once the chore is done. I tell myself that I will relax and have coffee once I've completed this or that. If I cheat and skip the chore in order to have coffee first, I'll acknowledge how I've let myself down and let it diminish the enjoyment of my unearned reward.

 
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