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Habits: 8 Evidence Based Tips

For nine long months I have been blogging, reading and thinking about habits.  That seems like the right sort of time to produce something profound. Hence my Habit Baby is ready for delivery to the world….               Here are my 8 evidence based tips to create the habits you […]

Day 9

Welcome to day 9 of my 30 days to sobriety How do I feel – sober? Sober. Maybe a little too Sober. On balance I am having many new and positive experiences, I am coping with late afternoons much better.  I am probably happier than the last week of drinking.  But I am still struggling, […]

Day 8

Welcome to day 8 or my 30 days to sobriety. Today was one of those days; sick child (heartbreaking as it is ongoing), mystery stenches rising from the kitchen sink, broken glass in the bathroom, lack of sympathy from someone in the inner circle (who shall not be named), passive aggressive interchanges with the local […]

Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of my 30 days to sobriety. Today we say whoop- whoop! go me! Because I finished Part 1 and completely a full week cycle, without a single sip of wine. I also survived a colonoscopy and gastroscopy today – so I really deserve some credit (as does Him Indoors who stepped […]

Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of my 30 days to sobriety. So far I have been writing my posts and doing my homework at my previous ‘happy hour’ – which I now confess (to myself and others) starts at 4pm, even if I can’t see a clock (I’m like the dog knowing when the owner is […]

Controlling Habits in a Post Ego-Depletion landscape!

WTF? What on earth am I talking about, you may well ask? Firstly let’s talk ego depletion.  What on earth is it?  Well …..  it turns out (or does it?) that we have a finite amount of willpower and when we have to use our willpower over time, said will power will run out.  Like […]

Habits Big & Small: Flossing Investigated

This post is a summary of some research on flossing.  Before you yawn and go to sleep – think – what can be learnt from flossing about other habits and hence building a better life? At the start of the article Judah and his mates remind us of some of the things we have learnt […]

The Power of Habit: A Review

In my current obsession of the research on habits, it was obvious to revisit Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit”. Duhigg’s book is a delight to read (and reread). I like his vivid story telling, which almost has me forget I am learning. There is also a practical take-outs session at the end. I […]

How are Habits Formed?

When behaviors are repeated in consistent settings (places, times, with certain peeps, etc.) they become automatic responses, that is, they become habits. So how do habits form? How long do they take to form? How is this different with each person? And how important is reward (or reinforcement) in this process? Let’s talk rewards first […]

Changing Circumstance, Disrupting Habits

Habits are Automatic How much did you today that was simply a repetition of yesterday?  Was your breakfast similar? Maybe it was different but you sat in the same chair or ate it at the same time? What about the order of your morning ablutions? The route you took to work?  The irresistible snack you […]