A habit is really a behavior you repeat consistently until it becomes unconscious and it does not require any effort to perform it. It is like your natural state and you brain does not even stop you from doing it. However, following through your new supportive habits does not mean that you have to join a military discipline facility. I mean you can do that but there is an easier way to achieve it by taking advantage of your brains’ capabilities and that is what I am going to teach to you right now. You have to apply the EASE REPEAT method.
- have the pre-work ready:
- For example, if you need to wake up and drink a bottle of water then put the bottle of water on your nightstand before you go to sleep.
- If you want to avoid being overwhelm in the morning because you do not know what to wear for that important meeting the next day then select your clothes from the night before
- If you want to use a VPN and your data plan in order to connect to the internet you need to setup your VPN first on your device so that it is available when you need to use it otherwise you will never use it. Why? Every time you will need to use it if it is not there you will be in a hurry and skip it for next time so next time will never come and
- Set constant timely reminders:
When you create a new habit to apply it you need to make sure that you remember to do it when it’s time. That is because it will be easy for your brain to apply an old habit if you don’t remind it of the new one. The reason is very simple. Think about habits like roads. A habit you have applied many times is a high-way of neurons in your brain in other words it is very strong. The new habit is just a path at the moment. Only repetition will make it stronger. However, if you do not create ways to remember to repeat it your brain by default will always choose the most repeated option which is the highway.
How you can do that? By setting up notifications or creating visual or audio reminders.
- For example: If you want to stop working and go for a walk after work; let’s say you finish work by 5pm then you can setup your alarm to ring at 5pm or you can setup a notification saying, “time to move”.
- in the VPN and data plan use security script example it makes sense to create a reminder placed in a visible point in your phone case or stick it to your computer accordingly in order to stimulate the brain to think using the new way of operating when it’s the right time.
I learned this great tip from Joanna Martin. A couple of years ago she gave me a card remind my mind that with every choice /payment I make I have the power to shape the world the way I want to and I placed it to my wallet. You understand why. Because that’s where I make payments from.
The same applies with the security script card we have created in the previous episode and with any card really you will create. You must create a visual or audio reminder.
Let’s land this protection plane with a tweetable: for sticking habits apply the EASE REPEAT method.
I am now turning it over to you.
- What hacks do you have to make habits stick?
I cannot wait to hear your comments so leave them below and let’s continue the conversation.
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