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Getting Started With Sea Change : zen habits
Two rules for creating a habit:
1. I have to pick just one.
2. I can only do it for 5 minutes a day.

- Pick something positive
- Pick something enjoyable
- Pick something easy to start
habits  leo-babauta 
3 days ago by frankmagnotti
Sea Change: Practicing the Skill of Change : zen habits
Practicing how to build habits:
1. Pick a trigger.
2. Commit to practicing it every day this month.
3. Put visual reminders somewhere where I'll see it when the trigger happens.
4. Practice doing the new change.
5. Try to string together a bunch of days.
6. Enjoy the habit.
leo-babauta  habits 
3 days ago by frankmagnotti
Tools For Change: Recovery from Porn Addiction | Your Brain On Porn
When you remove one source of dopamine (porn) it's vitally important to replace it with other, healthy sources of dopamine. As you consider which additional tools to try, keep in mind that heavy porn use is actually a synthetic substitute for the activities that naturally help keep your brain in balance. Not surprisingly, the most common tools employed include exercise, time in nature, creative activities, meditation, healthy diet, and socializing. Some of these naturally rewarding activities you can do by yourself, while others require human interaction. Therefore the Tools are split into two groups.
porn  habits  how-to-change 
5 days ago by lwhlihu
How Important is Growth?
Scott Young distinguishes between habits that are aiming for maintenance versus growth. Are you an athlete? Than progressive goals (lifting heavier, running faster) probably make sense. But if your aim is to maintain health and energy so you can focus on other things, aim for consistency instead of progression.
habits  growth 
7 days ago by dehowell
The Eternal Struggle to Balance Creation and Consumption
As Stulberg defined it to me, stress is when you are actively thinking about or working on something creative; rest is when you allow your mind to wander or even sleep, and it’s often during these periods of “rest” that we solve our thorniest problems and have our best ideas. “It’s kind of ironic, but it’s almost like the thinking you do before a rest period just kind of primes your subconscious mind to have a great insight when you turn off your effortful thinking, conscious mind,” he says. So maybe a strict consumption fast isn’t necessary after all.

Stulberg says that his own schedule nets out to a 33/33/33 breakdown among consumption, thinking and connecting ideas, and creation. He stresses the importance of looking at these schedules over a long horizon. Instead of asking, How much did I create today? consider your output over the course of a month or a year. “There are periods where all I do is consume and think for a few weeks, and then there are periods where basically all I do is create for a period of time (like when working on a book),” he says.

Another tip for creating? Schedule it, he says. Always schedule the most important thing first.

So now I want to carve out space to let ideas stew, and be a little more forgiving about my consumption habits.
creativity  creativegeneralists  consumption  habits 
8 days ago by oddhack
The Case For Not Knowing What Time It Is
Maybe we don't need to know what time it is, all the time.
work  ideas  habits 
10 days ago by chrispop
How to Eat Healthy Without Thinking, Backed by Science
Here are 10 environment design strategies to eat healthy without thinking and spend more of your time and energy doing something awesome.
habits  health  food 
12 days ago by lightningdb
Ignore people who say “When I make a million dollars...” - lwhlihu@gmail.com - Gmail
People like to imagine their future selves as virtuous and perfect. But the best predictor of future behavior?

Current behavior.

If you currently give away to charity, you'll give more. If you currently save money, you'll save more money.

I’ll show you why.

Think about something you’re really good at. It can be a sport, a creative talent, your career .… Anything. You probably think (like I used to) that knowing what you know now, you could teach someone to skip parts of the middle journey.

“If I knew then what I know now I would get in shape/start a business/make more money way faster!” etc. etc.

But that's a fool’s errand. People getting advanced advice can’t implement it. I know because some of my mentors gave me advanced advice about business and I didn’t understand.

The reason was I didn’t know the context. Before doing what level 10 people do, I had to walk through the first 9 levels. I had to build the foundational habits to make sure I stayed successful.

Want proof? Look at any lottery winner. Or someone who inherits a successful business.

That's why I'm so insistent on you saving money, even if it’s “only” $20/month. Because you're building the habit now, and once your earnings increase, you can simply "tune" that number up. You’re laying the foundation for good habits now.
ramit-sethi  habits  start-now  start-small  personal-finance  money  life-advice 
12 days ago by lwhlihu
We Need Software to Help Us Slow Down, Not Speed Up | WIRED
The idea of the Icebox browser plugin that puts your online purchases (or rather: purchase intents) into a queue rather than processing them right away is an interesting way to counter impulse purchases.
newsletter  ecommerce  habits  UX 
23 days ago by thewavingcat

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