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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Trying to Change a Habit? Beware These 5 Traps.

May 22nd, 2015

Episode 66 of 401 episodes

Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. Habits — the most fascinating subject ever. One thing I observed is that when we’re trying to master our habits, it’s important to be aware of the justifications or arguments that we sometimes invoke that interfere with keeping a good habit. They slip in so easily and quickly, it can be hard to spot them. Be on the look-out for these five popular lines of thoughts: 1. Thinking, “Well, now that I’ve slipped up and broken my good habit, I might as well go all the way.” I remind myself, “A stumble may prevent a fall.” Because of the colorfully named “what the hell” phenomenon, a minor stumble often becomes a major fall; once a good behavior is broken, we act as though it doesn’t matter whether it’s broken by a little or a lot. “I didn’t do any work this morning, so what the hell, I’ll take the rest of the week off and start on Monday.” “I missed my yoga class over spring break, so what the hell, I’ll ...

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