The Power Of Habits And How To Change Them
Who are you accountable to?
POSTED BY ELLEN WILLOUGHBY ON 03/10/2017 @ 8:00AM
Do you have a habit you want to change? I certainly do; several in fact. One habit I want to change is eating rubbish when I am bored. I have put on too much weight and something needs to change ...
The power of habits can be quite daunting, but you can change the bad ones!
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In order to help understand my habits and why I do what I do, I’m busy reading my way through ‘The power of habit’ by Charles Duhigg. So far it is a riveting read and I’m on the last chapter within a couple of days of picking up the book.
"What Charles states is that we need to understand what reward we are craving to help change habits!"
So when I reach for a chocolate bar, what am I really wanting as the reward? For me, it turns out it is actually boredom that is causing it. I eat a lot when I am bored or procrastinating on doing work.
If I can find a more productive way to approach my boredom and procrastination, then I will be able to change my chocolate eating habit and be more productive as a result. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
There is a catch to this though. I may be able to resist temptation and keep away from the cookies when life is chilled, but when I am stressed, and up against the clock, then I am likely to revert back to my old habits according to Charles.
He is right. Afterall, I tried to give up smoking so many times before I finally managed to kick the habit for good and imagine giving up chocolate to be the same.
However, there is hope for us all as Charles states, "The evidence is clear: if you want to change a habit, you must find an alternative routine, and your odds of success go up dramatically when you commit to changing as part of a group. Belief is essential, and it grows out of the communal experience, even if that community is only as large as two people."
"So, what am I going to do in order to change my bad habit?"
Firstly, I am going to commit to not eating chocolate when bored, right here, right now. I am doing this publicly, so if you see me eating chocolate at any point in the future, you can call me out on it.
Secondly, I have set up a Facebook group called Power your way to Productivity where I will publicly announce that I am getting rid of my bad habit to a group of great people I know that will keep me accountable.
And finally, I will replace the habit with eating a piece of fruit. That way it becomes a more positive habit that I believe I can create.
"I’m off to the shops to buy
some fruit now!"
What will you commit to in order to change your bad habits? Leave me a comment below and I will invite you to the facebook group so you too can become part of the All About Productivity community.
Until next time ...
More about Ellen Willoughby ...
I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as a professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in business and personal life.
This has led me to productivity and how I can be the best I can by devouring hundreds of blogs and books on the subject and practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. Combined, this has helped me understand what needs to be done to improve the performance of processes and more importantly you.
If you would like to know how I can help you do call me!
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