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How to master your habits and take control of your life - New Scientist 16 Jan 2016
See sidebar: How to make or break a habit

SCHEDULE IT Figure out when you’re going to perform a new habit and make it part of your day. Consider tying it to something you already do: for instance flossing after you brush your teeth, eating an apple with lunch, going to the gym on your way home from work.

BE SPECIFIC If you want to eat fewer sweets, determine rules to take the choice out of it, such as never eating the treats at work or only eating them if it’s a certain day of the week.

GO EASY ON YOURSELF Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before, says guilt and shame don’t work: “People who do better are the people who show themselves compassion.”

START NOW The beginning of a new week, month, or year can be a popular motivator for changing habits but as Rubin notes, “usually the best time to start is now”.

BE PATIENT Some habits take a long time to make or break (see main story).
NewScientist  habits  psychology  brain-striatum 
march 2016 by pierredv

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