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About Habit Disruptors

Posted on:April 29, 2021 at 12:13 PM

There are a ton of materials on forming habits (trigger, routine, reward) but equally important are habit disruptors. These break up your day and help to get perspective on where your time is going and true value of your activities. We have many biases that can color our perception.

Pick a Habit

A good first start would be to stop something for a week. Here are some good examples. Pick one, reflect, and repeat!

Keys to success

Stopping something can be very difficult but there are a few tricks to help you get through the week.

Plan the week

Going without a phone for a week can be a challenge. If you’ll need GPS direction you may need to map things out before you go (hello mapquest!) You may need to use your computer more often for calendar, email, chat, etc.

If you’re going without meat or other consumable, you’ll need to buy more of other foods for the week.

Remove temptation

If you’re going without food or alcohol it helps to have none of those in the house. If you live with someone, let them know what you’re doing and see if they’re up for joining you. This is easier with friends, hold each other accountable.

Let others know

Let your friends and family know what you’re up to. This is the same for building habits: the more people you tell the more likely you are to take it seriously and they can help hold you accountable.

Reflect on results

At the end of the day, take mental note of what was more/less challenging. How did you fill the time you would have otherwise spent on your phone or watching TV. Are your assumptions of the value of the habit true? Were you doing too much or too little of that activity?

Gain perspective and adjust

The ability to form and remove habits is without a doubt the most important skill you can learn in life. Now that you have some good perspective, make adjustments and evolve!

Here are some examples of insights I’ve found in my personal adventure: