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Habits

How long does it take to form a habit?

In 1960, Dr Maxwell Maltz discovered that it took 21 days for patients to get used to the results of an operation and adjust to new routines. He wrote: "These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an

How long does it take to form a habit?

Stick to your goals with commitment devices

Victor Hugo had a huge problem finishing "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Instead of writing, he partied. To keep up with the deadline, he did something strange- he locked up all his clothes. Unable to go out, he finished the first draft. The greatest orator of Athens, Demosthenes, did something

Stick to your goals with commitment devices

Sleep is good

Hey friends! I just finished attending a workshop hosted by Packy McCormick and David Perell on online writing as part of the build-up to WoP 7. It's so full of energy; it reminded me of my time in WoP6. It's 3.30AM on my side, and I realised that I

Sleep is good

Habits are like Jenga

Whenever we tell ourselves that we're going to exercise more or read more, we often fail not because we lack motivation or discipline - it's because we forget to do it. To combat that, we can link two habits together to make your desired behaviour obvious. This is called habit

Habits are like Jenga

Going through the motions

How can we build good habits like exercising? Ever since lockdown began in Malaysia, I've often been jogging as they're the only allowed form of exercise around here. I prefer doing my exercises indoors, or at the gym, so home workouts are a big no. Before this, I've been exercising

Going through the motions

Do the boring stuff first before optimising

Does this sound familiar to you? Let’s say you want to start jogging. What’s the first thing that pops into your mind? Mine would probably be: “What are the best running shoes I can get?”. After making my wallet cry and buying it, what do I end up

Do the boring stuff first before optimising

The magic of accountability partners

If you want to develop good habits, one of the easiest way to do so is to have an accountability partner. I’m currently on Day 16 of a 28-day writing challenge, and I can easily say that the only reason I have this streak is that I have an

The magic of accountability partners

Reduce the scope, stick to the schedule

I’m trying to write 28 days in a row, but today was a bit unpredictable - I didn’t have time to write at all! Life is often full of things that can go wrong, which is why it’s hard to stick to your goals and be consistent

Reduce the scope, stick to the schedule