Super cool idea from Apartment Therapy.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
Using willpower to force yourself to do something will only last for so long. Motivation, willpower, and self-discipline are tools to help you take the desired action, but they require constant effort. Try to develop habits that make your actions automatic. The goal is to do something long enough until it becomes a habit. Once it becomes a habit, it won't require as much effort.
Upon examination, undesirable habits all have something in common: they all give you some type of feeling that is rewarding, such as relaxation, stress reduction or even excitement.
We are not addicted to the actual activity, but the feeling that the activity gives us and the "reward" that it provides, and that's why we continue to do it. We don’t do things habitually that makes us feel bad, at least not at the moment that we’re engaged in doing it.
What negative habits will you try to break in the new year?