How to break a bad habit

This piece from innergenius.org offers a slightly different take on how to break a bad habit (and replace it with a good one):

“End Bad Habits: The Ultimate Guide to Break Any Bad Habit”

Thanks to Mel Parker for sending this my way.

Setting Goals: The Path to Improvement (book excerpt)

Don’t try to solve all your problems at once. Pick just one area that needs improvement, and work on it until you’ve reached your goal. To turn your achievement into a new habit, repeat the behaviour you are practicing until it becomes automatic.

Set a realistic goal. Decide in advance what you need to […]

How to stop procrastinating

Lifehacker cites “the goal-setting web site 43 things“, where it appears that the Number 1 goal of their readers is to “Stop procrastinating.”

This is a nice idea, but it’s not a useful goal. It’s like saying, “My goal is to stop being lazy”, or “My goal is to do better in English”. Goals […]

Goal: Write it down or write it off

It’s always nice when others agree. Darren Rowse has a post on ProBlogger about the importance of keeping a written record of your goal (and, I would add, each day’s success or failure). He has a nice quotation from a book he’s reading, Leverage: How to Create Your Own ‘Tipping Points’ in Business and […]

Goal-Setting Advice

Scott H. Young has posted a nine-chapter essay on goal-setting, worth comparing with the goal-setting advice in Good Habits, Good Students.

28 Days to a New Habit

Matt Furey, writing about exercise and fitness, echoes the advice found in Good Habits, Good Students about habits and goal-setting, but then goes on to assert that 28 days of effort can produce a new habit. Agree? Disagree? Post a comment!

How to Define a Goal (book excerpt)

A poorly defined goal will be pretty useless. Look at this one:

“My goal is to improve my marks in English.”

This is a nice idea, but it’s not a well-defined goal, because it leaves many important questions unanswered. For example, how much improvement is desired? How will the improvement be measured? Over what period of time is the goal to be achieved? What action is required to achieve the goal? How will progress toward the goal be recorded and judged?

A well-defined goal answers these questions right from the beginning. Continue reading How to Define a Goal (book excerpt)