Saturday 28 May 2016

This Habit Changer is Shocking!

I've spent many years exploring the powers of positive psychology and the mind to help me change habits and transform myself into the dream productive, creative powerhouse that I imagine myself to be.

I've come to know it's not always easy... Sometimes there is pain.  And now there is literally a device that is a throwback to the days of old fashioned negative conditioning... It's a device that will shock you when you do something you don't want!   They claims it's effective in days... Even hours... As your brain begins to associate habits with pain instead of pleasure.

You usually have to shock yourself!  So I wonder how the wearer convinces their brain to keep pressing the shock button?  And... Why wouldn't the wearer just buy a .10 cent elastic band and snap their own wrist with it?

Sunday 22 May 2016

Plan on a Relapse as You Change a Habit

Two psychologists, James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente, came up with a model of how people change harmful habits that may help you. They found that when people set about changing a particular habit, like smoking, they don’t always succeed the first time around — instead, they found that relapse is common and forms part of their overall model of change.

Monday 9 May 2016

Using Technology to Help Change Habits

I'm trying to remember back to those dark, dark days... back in 2008 for example... before I had this marvellous little device in my pocket that could solve all of my problems.  And if you think I'm exaggerating when I say "all", I will says that two years ago as I was hiking through the woods, I was being attacked by mosquitoes, but had forgotten to bring any bug spray.  In desperation, I searched the app store for "Mosquitoes" and found apps that will emit sound frequencies in a range that drives Mosquitoes crazy, and they stay away!

So maybe it won't solve ALL my problems, but I'm barely kidding!

One of the peskier problems to bite humans is trying to change our habits.  Below is a review of some apps designed to help.  There are stills step around understanding our beliefs about things, and mental blocks, but these apps can be an important step in the whole process.

Sunday 1 May 2016

Enjoyable Habits Give Us Energy

Well, maybe enjoyable habits don't GIVE us energy, but a recent study indicates that people who enjoyed a task (habit) have more energy to complete the next task, than those who didn't enjoy the first task (and just slogged through it.)

How can you define your new habit in a way that is enjoyable?  Can you reframe it?  Is there a version of it that would be more enjoyable?