If you woke up today, realized it was Monday, and immediately knew there’d be a new podcast episode from us, then you already know: we humans are creatures of habit.
In fact, I don’t think it’s too far to say that our lives are largely governed by the collections of habits we’ve formed. But that doesn’t mean we have to live completely on auto-pilot — luckily, we can form new habits on purpose to help guide our future selves in the right direction.
Want to make something a part of your identity and life? Here’s how to get started.
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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
- The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
- Tom’s notes on the Power of Habit
- Derek Sivers website
- Nat Eliason website
- Morning Routines (Ep. 208)
- The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter
- Habitica (iOS | Android)
- European Journal of Social Psychology’s Habit Formation article
- Sherlock Holmes Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry
- How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
- If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut
- 5 Non-Obvious Things That Are Killing Your Productivity
- Momentum (iOS)
- HabitBull (iOS | Android)
- Today (iOS)
- h3h3’s Water Project video
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
- 0:03:30 – What does a habit consist of?
- 0:08:51 – Breaking bad habits and forming good ones
- 0:15:27 – What to do when you haven’t done the habit for a while
- 0:23:39 – Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)
- 0:28:03 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
- 0:29:55 – Motivating yourself to do the habits
- 0:43:01 – Habit tracker recommendations
- 0:52:02 – Using the 20 second rule
- 0:53:16 – Conclusion
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