Use Habits to Increase Efficiency

Habits are important because they can help simplify your life. They allow you to perform mundane duties without expending very much physical or mental energy. Some habits can even go unnoticed because there is no need to self-analyze while completing such tasks. This is how good habits can create order and efficiency in your life.

But bad habits can have the complete opposite effect. Besides making you less productive, certain bad habits can even adversely affect your health and well-being. I also thought it would be interesting to share the difference between a bad habit and an addiction – willpower. If you still have control over your behavior, it is just a bad habit.

Here are some techniques for removing bad habits:

  • Remove easy availability
  • Find what triggers/encourages your bad habit and remove it
  • Replace your bad habit with a good one
  • Make yourself accountable
  • Reward yourself

I feel really repetitive, but if you make it a goal to break a bad habit, make sure it is SMART! Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. The same thing applies to forming new habits. Good habits are just as hard to form as bad habits are to break.

Here are some techniques for creating good habits:

  • Know what you want to accomplish
  • Start slowly, but fully commit
  • Focus on consistency over performance
  • Reward yourself

Most of the productivity killers I listed in one of my previous posts can be flipped into a good habit. Timing of certain habits can also be important. For example, it is more efficient to perform a routine task when your energy levels are low.

On a related note, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is on my past-due reading list.

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