Why You Can’t Fight Bad Habits Directly

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Stephen Guise has written multiple posts on this blog about his “mini habits” concept.

Today he talks about one reason many people struggle with their habit development — they focus on direct resistance.   To learn more about Stephen’s work, check out this book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.

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6 Limiting Beliefs about Email That Kill Your Inbox Productivity

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The following is a sample from my book Declutter your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload.  If you’re struggling to keep up with stream of messages that flood your inbox, then I encourage you to check out this book and learn how to develop the habits that lead to “daily inbox zero.”

Getting a handle on your inbox starts before you check email. In order to end every day with a clear conscience, you’ll need to address the underlying psychology behind how you view email. In this section we’ll cover six limiting beliefs many people have about email.

They’re called “limiting beliefs” simply because they limit your ability to do great work. Rather than spending your time focused on important projects, it’s often easier to respond to that ding of a new message and immediately respond to it—kind of like a rat chasing down a piece of cheese.

If you want an empty inbox on a consistent basis, you first have to address these six limiting beliefs. Some of them might not apply to you, but take the time to look at each one and decide if you’re making these mistakes.

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Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote

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Master Evernote (Revised)In many of my books and blog posts, I mention one tool time and time again.

That tool is Evernote.

This simple (but free) app can organize your life and set you on a path to becoming a lean, mean, efficient machine.

It’s also a tool that can be ubiquitous to your life.

You can use it for your personal, professional and even for working on those all important habits.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce the launch of my latest book:

Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote (Plus 75 Ideas for Getting Started)

Here are the details on why you should check it out…

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7 Reasons Why People Procrastinate

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The following is a sample from my book 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to Stop Being Lazy and Get Results in Your Life.  If you’re struggling with procrastination, then I encourage you to learn the simple habits for overcoming this problem.

It’s pretty easy to make an excuse for not starting a task. The trick is to know when a reason is valid and when it’s a creative way to avoid taking action. Most of our procrastination feelings come from a subconscious fear or self-limiting belief. When you take time to explore these thoughts, you’ll find that it’s easy to overcome them and create an action-oriented mindset.

Your mind is an amazing machine. It gives you the power to create anything from your imagination. However, it can also limit your ability to get things done. We often get stuck with a project—not from a lack of desire, but because of maladaptive thought patterns that bounce around in our heads.

The root cause of the “procrastination habit” comes from our self-limiting beliefs. When these thoughts go unchecked, they cause you to make “excuses” for why a project/task can’t be completed. However, when you challenge these excuses, you’ll see that most of them are caused by hidden fears or destructive habit patterns.

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15 Smart Hacks for Maximizing Productivity

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Maximize productivity develop good habits At the end of your work day, do you ever feel like you could’ve done more?

Maybe written more words. Completed more tasks. Or simply just did more work.

And does it leave you feeling a little… incomplete? Like you’ve wasted your day?

…Sound familiar?

Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can leave work feeling satisfied and fulfilled with what you’ve accomplished, and all it’ll take are a few “hacks” to get you there.

You don’t know the “hacks” for success.

You probably know a productivity tip or two, am I right? Sure you do, we all learn enough to get by in life, because as long as something works we’re willing to use it.

But this also means we restrict ourselves to old tactics, even if they turn out to be sub-optimal.

You never cared to upgrade your methods.

And since we usually stick with the same old tactics, we stop the search for better ones. We don’t modify or seek improvement, because what we already do is “good enough.”

Improve your productivity with these 15 hacks.

But I’m guessing you want to do more than just “get by,” right? You want feel like you’ve actually accomplished something each day. You want to feel “complete.”

Well this is where you can learn how.

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Habit Killers: Four Fundamental Mistakes That Destroy Habit Growth

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Stephen Guise has written multiple posts on this blog about his “mini habits” concept.

Today he talks about four mistakes (that you might be make), which can hurt your chances at developing a positive habit.  To learn more about Stephen’s work, check out this book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.

Habits are the pinnacle of self-development. What else can beat doing the right behaviors automatically?

That’s why it’s a big mistake not to aggressively pursue the development of good habits. Another mistake is going about that pursuit the wrong way.

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Mental Models: 6 Steps to Overcome Procrastination-Causing Thoughts

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Have you ever had a really important project you want or need to do and for some reason you just can’t find the discipline to dig in and get started? What about when you do start a project. Do you ever get stuck in the middle of a project and can’t continue but you have no idea why?

It feels like something is blocking you but you don’t know what. A lot of times, we procrastinate important things due to mental models.

In my book “23 Anti-Procrastination Habits,” I talked about how the root cause of the “procrastination habit” comes from our self-limiting beliefs.

In today’s post we’ll go over these limiting beliefs, how they create mental obstacles that prevent you from taking action and six-step process for overcoming them.

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To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done.

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To Do Makeover One of the cornerstones of productivity is creating effective to-do lists.

We all begin projects with a lot of energy, but as interruptions and distractions pile up, you can quickly lose focus.

It’s easy to write a list. The hard part is to write one that helps you complete the important things.

The solution is to use multiple lists that each focus on a different aspect of your life.

And that’s the core concept of my latest Kindle book:

To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done

Read on to find out more details about this book.

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13 Habits To Make An Amazing First Impression (Every Time)

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On Develop Good Habits we’ve cover a number of topics when it comes to forming positive habits, but we rarely talk about how your routines can improve your social life.  That’s why today I’ve invited Charlie Houpert of Charisma On Command to provide a list of habits that can help make a positive first impression when meeting people.  Let’s get to it…

Ever wonder why some people just seem to be universally adored?

You know the type. They walk in to a party and are an instant hit. They sit down for an interview and become the immediate front runner for the job. Even the testy in-laws love them after the first dinner together. They seem blessed with an innate charm and charisma.

The good news for the rest of us who weren’t born social geniuses is that ANYONE can learn to consistently make an amazing impression. You don’t need to be born with some X factor. You just need to practice the following 13 habits… Continue Reading →

Struggling With Your Habits? Three Questions You Need To Ask Yourself.

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Today we have a guest post brought to you by Derek Doepker the author of the book 50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew and founder of Excuse Proof Fitness. What he talks about in this article centers on the idea of failure. We often struggle with a habit change, but don’t know why it’s happening.  What Derek provides today are three simple questions that can help you stick with any change.  And be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see the SlideShare presentation that recaps what you’re about to learn. 

When coaching people on how to develop better health habits, I find that one story comes up more than any other.  It usually goes something like, “I know what I need to do, I just can’t seem to get myself to do it.  I have no motivation.  Once I get the ball rolling though, I know I’ll be able to stick with it.”

So how do you develop better habits, if a part of you knows you should develop them, but another part of you doesn’t actually want to initiate the effort?  In other words, what do you do when you just don’t feel motivated?

I’m going to share with you three of the most powerful questions that will solve almost any motivation issue you’ll come up against.    Continue Reading →