Break Bad Habits by Keeping Your Plan Simple

Break Bad Habits by Keeping Your Plan Simple –
Research from the British Psychological Society suggests strongly that trying to change too many habits at once doesn’t work, whereas focusing on one at a time does. This should be no surprise to anyone who’s ever over-committed themselves, but it’s still tempting when you’re in ‘let’s make changes’ mode to attempt too much all at once.

Here’s one habit I’m breaking – a bit at a time. I have decided to avoid ‘trying’ at all costs. This may seem an odd thing to say, but I know from experience that you can waste all your effort in ‘trying’ without ever actually doing whatever it is that needs to be done. So here’s the challenge: expunge ‘trying’ from your vocabulary.

Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson suggests nine useful strategies:

  • Cut yourself some slack
  • Remember the ‘big picture’
  • Rely on routines
  • Set aside a few minutes to do interesting things
  • Add ‘when’ and ‘where’ to your to-do list
  • Use ‘If-thens’ for positive self-talk
  • See your work in terms of progress, not perfection
  • Focus on the progress you’ve already made
  • Know whether optimism or defensive pessimist works for you

Read the whole article here:
Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress –