How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure by Using Rewards

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Overcome Fear of Failure with a Reward System

So far, Stephen Guise has written two guest posts on his “mini habits” concept.

In this post, he provides a simple (but effective) framework for using a simple reward system for helping you take action on any desired outcome.  If you want to know more about Stephen’s work, I encourage you to check out this book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.

Now let’s talk about to build a simple reward system into your day-to-day routine…

She was expecting my order.

Instead, I walked up to her and asked, “Do you like animals?”

“Yes. I love animals,” she said.

“Me too!” I replied, “I was wondering if you’d like to go to the zoo with me.”

“Oh. Actually, I have a boyfriend.” Continue Reading →

14 Habits that Kill Your Personal Productivity

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Bad Productivity Habits

Do you often find yourself unable to resist the allure of social media when working?

Is getting yourself psyched up for long stretches of work impossible to do?

Is staying on task when you’re working just not possible for you?

You’re not alone, both engaging and maintaining productivity is hard for most, especially with our worst distractions being just a mouse click away.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, because it only takes a little awareness and some quick action to make things better again.

Your bad habits kill productivity

Humans are creatures of habit, plain and simple. And it’s these habits that define how effective – and ineffective -  we are at life.

The problems arise when we don’t realize that our bad habits are interfering with our effectiveness, and a major part of our effectiveness lies within our productivity.

You haven’t figured what your bad habits are

This makes sense when you think about it; if something’s a habit then usually it happens automatically and bypasses the thinking process (which can a gift or a curse, depending on the habit involved).

The solution is to find and eliminate those bad habits

The first step in fixing a problem is to find out the cause, and the second step is to fix it. Unfortunately, self-examination can be a little tough for a situation like this, so instead I gathered a list of 14 common bad habits for you to check out. Continue Reading →

21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People

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21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People

Highly organized people enjoy something many of us endlessly strive for–success.

How do they do it?

There is one major difference that is apparent. Organized people are extremely attuned to their thoughts. What you do and the habits you have are directly proportionate to whom you believe you are.

Highly organized people have the mental strength to create solid, motivating core beliefs. From that, comes identity based habits. The major advantage to identity based habits is that they’re based upon who you believe you are.

When you believe you’re successful, you make successful decisions. It’s something subtle, yet powerful where organized people can alter the focus of wanting to do something into actually taking steps to do it. It all begins and ends, with inner core beliefs that match their idea of who they are. Continue Reading →

(Kindle) S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple – 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals

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SMART Goals Made Simple

Setting goals might seem easy.

You write down a few milestones.  Then you get busy working on them.

The problem?

Most people struggle with their goal achievement efforts.

That’s because they don’t know how to turn goal into a doable, day-to-day plan.

In other words, they’re not good at turning goals into habits.

But you can learn how to do this in my latest Kindle book:

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple: 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals

Read on to get more details about this book. Continue Reading →

How to Develop Multiple Habits at Once

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Nesting Dolls - Multiple Habits

In the first week of February, Stephen Guise gave us a guest post that gave us an introduction into his idea of creating “mini habits”. 

Stephen’s concept was something that managed to be simple and easy to incorporate into even the most frenetic lifestyle, yet at the same time creating a huge impact on the lives of people who take his self improvement concept on board. {Mini Habits Intro Post}

These ideas are themselves an introduction to his popular new eBook, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.

This book has been a huge hit, and justifiably so. For two days only (Feb 22nd and 23rd) this book will be on sale on Amazon for only $.99. Check it out (here).

But Stephen also has a new post for us. A look into the slightly controversial topic of developing multiple habits at the same time. Can you overcome ego depletion and somehow successfully build multiple habits concurrently? Lets turn to Stephen to find out.  Take it away Stephen….

At my best, I’ve had average self-control in my life, and at my worst, I’ve played video games for double digit hours every day. Despite this, I’ve recently created habits in reading, writing, exercising, and alarm clock practice (to condition a new response to the sound of my alarm so I won’t hit snooze 11 times). These are my current streak counts: Continue Reading →

(Kindle) Declutter Your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload

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Declutter Your Inbox

Processing email can be a stressful activity.

While email is important for most  jobs, it can take hours of your time and often add little value in return.

The problem?

Many people often let hundreds (even thousands) of message pile up in their inbox.  This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety due to a sense of guilt that certain people are getting a response back.

Like many people, I once struggled with maintaining inbox zero.

What caused me to take action was to implement the “declutter your inbox habit.”

And that’s what is covered in my latest Kindle book:

Declutter Your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload

It will be $0.99 (or an equivalent price in your country) until February 15, 2014.

Read on to get more details about this book. Continue Reading →

How Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

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Mini Habits Introduction

A month ago, I read Stephen Guises’s book Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.  What I loved about the content was Stephen’s emphasize on how small changes can have an amazing impact in your life.  His “mini habit” concept is something I’ve incorporated into my life.  And so far, it has worked really well. 

Recently I asked Stephen to post a few articles regarding mini habits.  In fact, he’s now a regular contributing writer to DevelopGoodHabits.com.  And here’s the first of his posts…

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The Sand Grains Method (How to be Productive During “Lost Time”)

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Sand Castle-Productivity

Today I’m pleased to announce the first guest post on Develop Good Habits.  The following article is written by Michal Stawicki who recently published the book Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day (which is free for the next few days.)  The habit that Michal is about to discuss can have an amazing impact on your productivity and overall ability to manage time.   

Do you know that feeling of frustration when you waste time waiting at the dentist office? Or when you’re stuck in a traffic jam?

There is an easy way to transform that feeling of frustration into a sense of achievement. The trick is to fill those unproductive minutes with tiny tasks—a concept that’s called the “Sand Grains Method.”

This approach is one of the core ideas in David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. You put every important task on several to-do lists. Those list are context dependent—some tasks can be done only using your computer, some at home and others are errands. Your goal is to manage your time based on those lists. Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Guide to Building Willpower [Part 2]

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Goal Soccer Willpower

Welcome back to our discussion on willpower.

In the first part of this series we talked about how even successful people (like Oprah Winfrey) often succumb to temptation.  Plus we went over three experiments that showed “why” you can’t rely on willpower alone to stick to a new habit.  And we finished off with a simple exercise for building up your mental strength.

Today we’ll discuss how to cheat your way past those moments of temptation and then we’ll cover a simple four-step plan for overcoming those random triggers to follow a bad habit you’d like to quit.

Let’s get to it. Continue Reading →

22 Quick Habits to Add to Your Daily Morning Routine

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Morning  Routine

Many people have trouble with their habits because they don’t follow a “system” for sticking to them.

It’s easy to forget about a new routine when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.

If you follow a “morning routine” every day, you’ll create a short ritual (under 30 minutes) where you can complete a number of small habits that can improve your life.

The trick here is knowing which habits to include in your morning routine.

In this post, we’ll go over 22 ideas that take under five minutes apiece.

Let’s get to it. Continue Reading →