Unlearning: Get rid of old habits slowing you down

New habits are useless if you keep falling back onto your old ones

Donal Hutchinson
4 min readJun 30, 2021

When trying to improve some part of yourself or learn a new skill, most articles and eye-catching videos will tell you that consistency is key, small gains every day, and much more.

While this is all very good advice one piece of advice is mostly left out which can be one of the most frustrating hidden hurdles.

Old habits that stop your new progress.

Here’s the best way to learn something new by unlearning what you knew before.

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Coming into a new year often has people setting themselves with huge goals. While you set out with the best intentions you often forget to take into account all the old habits that have been hardwired into your brain.

These can be small tasks that scale in bad ways. Like scrolling through social media, playing games, or watching something. Bad scaling as in as time passes the more you lose track of the time you spend on them and how they can really take over your day.

Step 1: Recognise the Problem

Like chocolate bars, these things are nice in small doses, but when they consume all our free time they become more of a comfort habit.



Donal Hutchinson

Join me as I write on life lessons, self-development & more. I get most of my inspiration from books podcasts and other media. Studying Mech Eng at MTU Ireland