The Most Brilliant Ways to Build Habits More Effectively
New ways of applying behavior science to become the person you were meant to be
Creating a new habit might seem like just a matter of will power and repetition. But when you dig into the science of behavior change, there are some surprising ways you can create new habits that stick faster. Here’s three articles from authors who have tried these techniques themselves and share what they learned.
Comparing and testing the four most popular systems for learning new habits
For the past six years, I have been obsessed with habits. This obsession grew out of the realization that, as a business student in an obscure university, no teachers or classes would be enough to push me to become a successful entrepreneur. It was up to me to take responsibility. So I began by changing what felt controllable: my habits. Through my own research, discussions with other coaches, and my own coaching, I’ve found that there are four habit researchers who we all reference over and over: Charles Duhigg, BJ Fogg, Gretchen Rubin and Nir Eyal. I’m going to teach you the basics of each of these “master” systems so that you can apply their advice to your own habits. Read more.
An uncommon way to use the science of learning to build multiple habits at the same time
I don’t know if it’s my obsessive-compulsive nature or my tendency to smash about four regular-size Twix bars in a single sitting, but somewhere along the line, I decided that eating clean is an all-or-nothing proposition for me. And I mean ultra clean. So over and over again for several years, I would set myself some strict rules, spend four to six weeks following them to a T, and then slowly but surely fall off the wagon and end up back at square one. Or so I thought it was square one. I started to wonder if maybe there was more to these “failures” than I originally thought. Read more.
Download a free habit tracker that’s easy to use and has big impact
Research shows that merely asking people to track what they do immediately and significantly improves their performance in that area. For example, studies have shown that people who track their steps with a pedometer increase their physical activity by 27%. What gets measured, gets improved. And in this article, I’d like to share my favorite tool for taking advantage of that. Read more.