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【How to Harness Your Habits Part 1: Be Realistic】

(Contributed by Justin)
We are all affected by the powerful force of habit. There may be some good habits that we want to build in our life such as exercising regularly, getting more sleep or keeping in closer touch with loved ones. On the other hand, there may be bad habits that we want to break such as smoking, eating too much junk food, or spending excessive time on internet or electronic devices. These can be like a warm bed on a cold day: easy to get into and hard to get out of! Here are some suggestions:

1) Be Realistic – don’t try to change everything in your life immediately. Imagine trying to drop all of your bad habits in one week. By trying to reach all of your goals all at once, you may end up not reaching any. Therefore work on your habits in realistic increments:

1. Make a two lists – a list of good habits you want to build and a list of bad habits you want to break

2. Prioritize them in order of importance to you

3. Choose a few and focus on them. Then choose another few once you feel you have succeeded.

Speed up the process by replacing a bad habit with a good one. For example, if your list of bad habits includes watching too much TV and your list of good habits includes keeping in touch with friends and family, you could resolve: ‘Instead of immediately turning on the TV when I get home from work each day, I will contact a friend or a relative and catch up. This will kill two birds with one stone: start a good habit and breaking a bad one all at once.

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