Want to stop eating the 3 pm cookie?
Here's a simple idea from a best-selling habit author.
Charles Duhigg, the author of "The Power Of Habit" had a problem.
He kept getting up from his desk and eating cookies every afternoon. He was frustrated as he knew it wasn't healthy and he wanted to break the habit.
After investigating how habits are formed and repeated, he realised that he wasn't craving the cookie, he was craving distraction and some socializing.
In order to start breaking this habit he suggests writing a plan using “implementation intentions,” which means deciding in advance how you will respond to the cue.
For instance, if your habit is the afternoon cookie, and you found that you crave distraction and socializing, write a plan:
“At 3:30 every day, I will walk to a friend’s desk and chat for 10 minutes.”
Then, set an alarm to remind yourself.
Initially, it might be challenging, but stick to the plan. On days when you follow through, you’ll feel better and accomplished.
Over time, the new behavior becomes automatic, and the habit changes. Even if you miss your alarm, keep trying. Eventually, the new routine will become second nature.
Duhigg successfully replaced his cookie habit with daily chatting with colleagues, which has become a natural part of his routine.
If you regularly give in to the afternoon cravings, having a plan by using Implementation Intentions could help you overcome this habit.
Have you tried this strategy before?
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