Design the environment to support your habits.
Habits are connected to a context. If we change the context (the environment), we change our habits. We can train ourselves to connect the environment with good habits. For example, for some people, the couch is the place they read a book. For other people, it’s the place they watch TV and eat a bowl of ice cream. Even though the connection of the habits to the environment might be strong, we can always change them.
- Adjust your environment so that it will improve your odds of following good habits.
For example, if you want to play guitar, place it next to your bed. If you want to take medicine, put it in a visible place. If you want to read a book before going to bed, put the book on top of your pillow.
- To make creating new habits much easier, change the environment.
Habits are easier to change in a new environment, as there are no associations to the old habits. For example, if you want to eat healthier, start buying food in another supermarket. This will connect the new environment with healthy products.
- Have different places where you work, relax, and eat.
Habits are connected to places, and your brain will automatically switch modes depending on the environment. If you mix them, your brain will choose whatever is easier. To work or rest effectively, design separate places for you to do those activities.
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