Swapping out the bad for the good
Time management expert Julie Morgenstern reveals how to analyze what we are receiving from a bad habit and explains the tool of replacing it with a different choice that yields the same result.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Nobody lets go of anything, any bad behavior, any bad habits, without reaching for something else.
We can't just stop doing something. We have to do something different, instead.
That is the key to breaking bad habits is to replace them with a healthier choice that gets you to the same goal
that the bad habit was serving. And it really starts with understanding whatever it is you're trying to stop doing-- eating too much,
drinking too much, smoking. All habits have a good intention. What is it that I'm trying to get to here?
And then, what is a better way for me to achieve that goal? Clutter, in many ways, is a habit.
Like, not putting things away or kind of leaving things in a really messy state.
There's a few ways to kind of break the habit of piling and cluttering and not
maintaining a space. One of them is a mindset shift, which is putting things away immediately.
But stop thinking of it as putting it away. Think of it as setting things up for their next use.
It's a gift to yourself that when you go looking for that T-shirt or the calendar,
it's going to be exactly where it belongs. You open up the closet, you open up the drawer, and voila, it's there.
It's like a time gift to yourself. And then, also, with clients, what we will often do
is create one small space in their home that is an oasis of order.
Just the bookshelf. Just your sock drawer. Just the utensil door in the kitchen.
Maybe, just your fridge. If you just do one oasis of order and don't try to do it all at once, you would feel such a victory that you
have conquered that space, and it is a nourishment for you. So those are ways to break a habit through mindset
and very small concrete steps. Take a deep breath in.
MAN: Mindset is everything. I'm not 90 for nothing. Small steps, one motion.
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