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4 Steps to Habit Formation

4 Steps to Habit Formation

Last week, we began discussing James Clear’s excellent book, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. (#ad) We talked about three starting points for habit formation: 1) improving by 1% each day, 2) relying on systems rather than...
4 Steps to Habit Formation

You Are Your Habits

Since May, we have been talking about personal productivity, habits, and willpower. Early in my research, I stumbled over James Clear’s excellent book, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. (#ad) It is an excellent book, and I...
4 Steps to Habit Formation

Willpower Part II

As promised, in this lesson, I will talk about how willpower works. Let’s start with how the human body works. The human body is remarkably designed. Consider all of the redundant systems in the body. You could see with just one eye, but you have two. You could pick...
4 Steps to Habit Formation

Habit Formation Part II

In the last lesson, we talked about how habits subtly undermine our best intentions. In this lesson, I want to talk about how to form a positive new habit. On Friday, I went to the doctor for my annual physical. I have lost 16 pounds since my last visit 4 months ago....
4 Steps to Habit Formation

Prerequisites

If you have been following the last 10 lessons, you know by now that in the early summer, I set out to a) learn what I could about productivity and b) become more organized. Summer, for a professor, is a natural pause in the rhythm of life. I still teach a couple of...