Hello everyone. So today we are going to talk about how to build strong habits.
And for that I’m going to base this video off of James Clear’s Atomic Habits
which was our book for our book club in March.
And it basically covers everything that you need to know about how to build habits,
how you can trick yourself into start doing certain things in a more systematic way,
and what are the rules that apply for habit building and for habits tracking.
Since there are tons of things to discuss in this video, and it’s going to be a long one,
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PDFelement is a PDF editor that offers a seamless experience
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Although the interface is simple, it allows you to do three important things.
First, it lets you highlight important sentences with the highlight function, which helps you retain the content better.
首先 你能用高亮功能来标记重要的句子 帮你更好地记住文章的内容
Secondly, you can make remarks when you disagree with certain ideas by adding a text box or callouts.
其次 当你对文章里的某些观点产生分歧时 你可以通过添加文字或标注出来
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总之 PDFelement是一款功能强大的编辑器工具 它可以让你关注在重要的事情上
while you are studying or reading to form better habits.
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So the first idea of the Atomic Habits is that
accumulation of tiny habits in a systematic way can drastically improve your life.
In the words of James Clear, habits are behaviors repeated enough times
to become automatic with the ultimate purpose of solving the problems of life with as little energy or effort as possible.
What this means is that habits can work for or against you,
especially when we are talking about habits compounding.
So since habits can be accumulated,
this compounding can be very drastically positive or negative in your life.
The more positive habits that compound in your life,
the more positive healthy and better your life will be.
The worse your habits are, the worse will be the compounding
and the effect that those habits have on your lifestyle.
Habit forming has a cycle comprised of four different parts or stages.
First, you have the cue, the craving, the response and then the reward.
首先 你有提示 渴求 反馈 最后是奖赏
Using one of the examples in the book,
the cue can be answering your emails.
The craving is you began to feel stressed while you are working about other things in your life,
or even about the work you’re currently doing.
The response for that craving is you starting to bite your nails
so the reward will be you are going to try to reduce stress by biting nails.
So you are going to form that habit out of a stressful situation.
And in this case it’s a negative habit.
Once you understand this cycle, you are better equipped to start dealing with habit-forming.
So James Clear presents us with four rules for habit forming.
These rules can be using its positive form to try to build your habits
or you can use these rules in its negative form to try to destroy or tackle those bad habits
that are already implemented in your life.
So the first rule is to make your habits obvious.
And for that you usually use your environment.
Basically habit-forming has everything to do with behavioral change.
And behavioral change has a lot to do with your awareness of the space you’re in,
and the way you process things in your day-to-day life.
In that sense it’s really important to associate a certain behavior with the type and location.
Using your physical environments to raise awareness for these behaviors and these habits
is very important to build new ones.
So if you are currently trying to drink more water on a daily basis,
you can try to place a bottle of water in your work station,
or the place you’re usually studying,
because you’ll be constantly reminded of that habits,
and you’re much more likely to start doing it.
Another thing you can do in this especially highlighted by the author is start to try something called habit stacking.
你可以做的另一件事是 开始尝试一种叫做习惯叠加的东西 这是作者特别强调的
Habit stacking mainly means that once you’ve developed a first habit
and you’ve successfully implemented that habit into your life,
you can start associating that habit with the second one.
Basically the reasoning here is that after doing habit number one, you start doing habit number two.
这里的基本逻辑是 你养成了第一个习惯后 你就会开始第二个习惯
An example can be after pouring yourself a cup of coffee,
you will meditate for 10 minutes.
And after you meditate for those 10 minutes,
you are going to write a journal entry,
or create your to-do list for today.
Basically as time goes on, your brain will start to identify that second habit with the first one.
If your first habit was already very well implemented,
then you have an easier time implementing habit number two,
because it will be way more natural than trying to isolate that second habit in time and in space.
The second rule is to make your habits attractive.
The more attractive an opportunity is, the more likely it is to be habit-forming.
A very easy way to make everything more attractive is to associate your habits with the social group.
People are more prompt to follow habits that are actually followed in a current social group.
This does not necessarily mean that you’re going to mimic all the behaviors of the people around you, your friends and family,
but it rather means that you can gather a lot of inspiration from people that are following the habits you want to follow.
It can be very beneficial for someone who is trying to read a lot to be inserted in a book club
because you are going to have all these updates from your fellow book club members;
you are going to go to meetings in a regular schedule.
Overall that reading implementation habits is going to be much easier
than someone with trying to isolate themselves from the world
and trying to do it on their own.
Rule number three is to make habits easy.
And I think this is the easiest part of habit forming.
Basically all you have to do is trick yourself to start a habit
instead of tricking yourself to finish a habit.
James Clear actually talks a lot about this when it comes to fitness habits and fitness goals.
Instead of focusing on doing one hour workout at the gym every single day,
if you are coming from a place where workouts or fitness levels are very low,
and you’re not used to that kind of routine
maybe it’s very important that on the first step, you try to show up at the gym.
也许 第一阶段非常重要的是 你要试图出现在健身房
Maybe a 15-minute workout is best suited for you to start developing your fitness habits
instead of trying to pursue this ultimate goal of being very fitness prone
and going to the gym every single day and doing something
that is very different from your current schedule.
A good way to summarize this is to use the 2 minute rule.
The 2 minute rule basically says that in order to accomplish something,
you must try at least to do that for 2 minutes.
For instance, if you’re trying to write a book, a novel,
例如 如果你试着写一本书 一本小说
or even a very long research paper,
instead of telling yourself that you need to write 1,000 words every single day,
why not just selling yourself to open your laptop and write a sentence or at least a small paragraph.
Even if it’s not the exact outcome you want to,
at least you’re trying to build that habit of every day showing up for that specific task.
When you formed the habit of showing up every single day,
you are much more prone to start developing that habit at a second stage.
And take your showing out the criteria and build upon it
to write more sentences, more paragraphs, more words every single day.
每天写下更多的句子 更长的段落 更多的单词
The fourth rule is to make habits satisfying.
Basically we are much more likely to start developing habits that grant us rewards
because our human brain was just made to prioritize instant rewards over the late rewards.
You can create these rewards for yourself in many different ways,
and they mostly depend on your budget, on your availability, or your time.
For instance, if you are trying to tackle a large research paper,
maybe you can tell yourself that after each thousand words,
you can watch an episode of your favorite series.
If you have the budget, maybe you can tell yourself that
after seven successful days at the gym, you deserve massage.
However, James Clear tries to approach this problem with peoples of all different kinds, and with all different types of budgets,
and he says that the most satisfying way to build habits is actually keeping a habit tracker.
最后作者说 培养习惯令人最满意的方法 实际上是保持记录习惯
With the habit tracker, you should focus on your progress, and not only on your goals,
有了记录习惯 你应该专注于过程 并不仅仅是结果
but it lets you see that you’re doing things in a good way,
and that you’re positively improving your life.
Allowing yourself to not break the chain and seeing that on paper,
or in your favorite organization app grants a very satisfying feeling,
because you finally feel like you can accomplish something.
In that sense, habit tracking is a very fundamental part of habit building.
And although you can build habits without the habit tracking parts,
it’s really recommended that if you’re starting from zero,
a habit tracker will definitely improve your experience
to make you understand where you are failing and why,
and to basically allow you to feel accountable for your habit building,
and make your experience way more thorough and positive.
I want to know what is your opinion on these methods
and whether you’ve read Atomic Habits by James Clear.
And I also want to know what kinds of habits are you trying to improve right now.
I can definitely say that my main problems with habit building is drinking more water and improving my fitness routine.
So I want to hear your thoughts on this.
Leave a comment down below and I will see you in my next video. Bye.
你可以在下面留言来交流 我们下个视频见 拜拜
Hello everyone. So today we are going to talk about how to build strong habits.