If you're struggling to get into a good habit (or break a bad one), look around and see if you can do things a little differently. There are things we do everyday that become so automatic we’re hardly aware we’re doing them.
Like when you sit down outside at your favourite café and light up a cigarette, or our get home from work and head straight for the fridge, or the couch, or the iPad, or you look at Facebook as soon as you you wake up.
Every day our physical environment shapes our actions. Finding ways to 'disrupt' or change our environment can help us to tackle bad habits and form new ones.
Convenience is key! Research shows that the easier something is, the more likely we are to do it. Habits guru Gretchen Rubin suggests making it easy to go right, and hard to go wrong.
Other ways to change our habit environment and help ourselves succeed include:
Read more about changing your habit environment.
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