Why you should engineer your environment for better habits

An important lesson I've learned in the last year is how important environment is for forming productive habits. Good habits don't arise from exerting more will power. Instead, they come from engineering an environment that makes good habits easier, and bad habits harder. For example, If you want to play more guitar and less video … Continue reading Why you should engineer your environment for better habits

How to use habit stacking to build a productive work day

One lesson I find myself learning over and over again is how important implementation intentions are for forming habits. It's a simple premise. If you schedule a time and place for a habit, you're more likely actually do it. The general formula is: At [time/place] I will [behaviour] I first came across this concept in … Continue reading How to use habit stacking to build a productive work day

On maintaining a writing habit

I'm currently trying to build a writing habit. My framework for doing so looks like this: Writing at least one sentence a day (this is my minimum viable habit).Scheduling explicit time each day for writing (see: implementation intentions).Quitting while I'm ahead.Publishing often. My goal is not to write for a living. There seems to be … Continue reading On maintaining a writing habit

Why you Should Quit While You’re Ahead

'"Quit while you're ahead" is an effective strategy for forming new habits when it is applied locally rather than globally. I don't mean quit a habit once you're good at it, but quit practicing in specific instances while your enjoyment or satisfaction is high, e.g. stop writing while you still have momentum. There are psychological … Continue reading Why you Should Quit While You’re Ahead