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How to use "committment devices" to form new habits

"Find ways to automate your behavior beforehand rather than relying on willpower in the moment."

-James Clear (via)

This is one of my favorite pieces of advice for keeping my goals on track. Examples from my own life include:

  • Not having the Facebook app or games on my phone
  • Paying for a class to learn a new hobby (instead of saying that I'll teach myself... because I won't!)
  • Schedule reoccurring Craft Nights with my friends for the year. I love hosting craft nights. Setting them in advance takes any decisions out of the equation.

Why planning for setbacks is important for long-term success

"It’s important to plan in advance to fail. Perhaps we should call failure something different – a moment of indulgence, a moment of rest, a saving of willpower."

-Rita Coelho do Vale (via)

Sticking with what works

Success is often a result of committing to the fundamentals over and over again.

-James Clear, How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the “Paper Clip Strategy”

7 Evening Rituals from Eric Barker

  • Have a “shutdown ritual.” Write down worries and make a plan for tomorrow. Work is over.
  • Turn weeknights into weekends. Weekends are happier because of time with friends. So see friends. Not hard.
  • Mastery, not TV. Hobbies make you happier. Spend nights getting awesome at something.
  • Wind down, don’t collapse. No screens. No coffee. No skydiving.
  • Never go to bed angry with your partner. Kiss and make up. And kiss. And kiss some more.
  • Write down the good stuff that happened. Force your brain to think about the good and life will be good.
  • Schedule something to look forward to. Anticipation is like 401K matching for happiness. Double the happies.

Read Eric's full article here.

Relationships are the key

Relationships are the key to a happy life.

-, (via)

Where confidence actually comes from

"True confidence emerges when you consistently push-through things that suck."

-Benjamin P. Hardy, If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

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