Sunday, May 7, 2017

Habits - Entry 1

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle

As I look back on what has allowed me to be successful, it has been due to the painstaking efforts I have made to cultivate helpful habits.  Whether it has been:

  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Continuous learning practices
  • Getting a kick out of racing someone else to acquire the most in-depth knowledge of a subject. 
  • Practicing using that knowledge to execute a project.  
All of these things, which started out as one-time events, I continued until they became habits.

Lately, I have become fixated on how automatic patterns are formed, what habits I have, and how to replace my harmful, or unproductive, practices with productive practices.  I expect to post many entries as a kind of record as I go deeper and deeper into how to encourage healthy and productive habits.

In future entries I will talk about:
  • The brain and habits
  • The psychology of habits
  • Applications and Apps for habits
But first, let's talk about why habits are so important.  Energy conservation. We each only have so much mental and physical energy (though you can grow both through training).  When something is a habit it takes less of both.  Less mental energy and less physical energy.  This means we can use the energy we have to focus on important infrequent tasks.  We can give those tasks more attention to detail and produce a better result.

If you have thoughts on habits feel free to comment below

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