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What Is the One Food Habit You Wish You Could Break? What Is the One Food Habit You Wish You Could Break?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. This week, I’d like to talk about our bad habits and failures, and see if we can help each other be better (or we could just revel in our garbage-y…

Hack Your Notification Badges to Encourage Good Habits Hack Your Notification Badges to Encourage Good Habits

iOS/Android: Choosing how to use spare moments on your phone can feel like dieting. You might find yourself choosing Twitter or Facebook every time, mad at yourself for never cracking open Kindle or Instapaper. Fighting this habit takes a whole arsenal, so here’s one more weapon: Turn off all your “bad” notification…

How to Force-Close Just One Tab in Chrome How to Force-Close Just One Tab in Chrome

There are two kinds of people in this world: impossibly organized saints... and all the rest of us, with our 27 tabs open in Chrome at any given time. Sure, keeping all those tabs open is its own kind of organization—I’m saving this to read later, I need that open for reference—but when one of those pages becomes…

Break Your Boredom Shopping Habits With These Tricks Break Your Boredom Shopping Habits With These Tricks

I’ve got a bad habit. On Saturday nights, after a few glasses of Chablis and a night of doing nothing, I take a trip through my Amazon wishlist looking for something to buy. It’s a costly habit that’s filled my home with filled with cheap books, expensive Gundam model kits, and a few E-Mount lenses I haven’t exactly…

No More! Helps You Ditch Bad Habits No More! Helps You Ditch Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, whether it’s smoking or biting your nails or buying crap you don’t need. Some habits are harder to break than others, of course, and while this app won’t do the hard work for you, it might help you along the way.

Use the "Stopping Rule" To Break Your Social Media Loop Use the "Stopping Rule" To Break Your Social Media Loop

You pick up your phone, glance at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, then peek in on your email. By the time you’re done with that, it’s time to see if anything’s new on Facebook again. Then, you realize an hour has passed. Professor Natasha Dow Schüll calls this a “ludic loop.” Over at Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric…

Four Questions to Ask Before You Try to Make or Break a Habit Four Questions to Ask Before You Try to Make or Break a Habit

Everyone wants to quit their bad habits and start good ones instead, like a half-hour of exercise instead of sleeping in, or drinking seltzer instead of soda. But more often than not, you’ll stop halfway into your resolutions. The reason, Gretchen Rubin says, is poor self-assessment before you get started.

Make Breaking a Bad Habit Easier by Proving Yourself Wrong Make Breaking a Bad Habit Easier by Proving Yourself Wrong

Most of us have a habit or two we’d like to break, but we lie to ourselves so those bad habits don’t seem as bad as they are. If you want to give a jump start to the unlearning process, begin by showing yourself hard evidence that your habit really is affecting you in a negative way.

Invert Your Goals to Find All the Bad Habits You Should Avoid Invert Your Goals to Find All the Bad Habits You Should Avoid

Sometimes reaching a goal means adding new habits or learning a skill, but other times it simply means getting rid of some bad habits. If you want to identify what’s keeping you from your goal, invert it.

How to Break Your Worst Work Habits How to Break Your Worst Work Habits

All of us can admit to a poor work habit that holds us back. Maybe we’re always interrupting people, or we’re chronically late to meetings, or we’ve got an excuse for everything that goes awry.

Focus On Limiting Your Bad Habits First, Before Quitting Them Focus On Limiting Your Bad Habits First, Before Quitting Them

Quitting a bad habit doesn’t come naturally. Our brains aren’t built for suddenly breaking out of a routine. Instead, when trying to quit, focus on indulging in your bad habit in a consistent, limited way.

Don’t Be Afraid to Complain Don’t Be Afraid to Complain

Nobody likes complaining, but is it really that bad? Complaining feels cathartic. Complaining gives us something to talk about. Ninety percent of Seinfeld was just listening to four characters complain, and it was entertaining and relatable. Complaining can be harmful and obnoxious, but it can also serve a purpose. It…

A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

There aren’t many of us who don’t have some bad habit we’d like to quit: smoking, sweets, shopping, nail-biting, porn, excessive checking of phones or social media, other distractions. The problem is that we think we don’t have the willpower, faced with past evidence of failure after failure when we’ve tried to quit…

Top 10 Ways to Break Bad Habits Top 10 Ways to Break Bad Habits

We all have a bad habit or two we could stand to lose, but habits are hard to break. Whether your bad habit is procrastinating, overspending, swearing, or any other one you want to change, here are ten tips to break free of negative behavior patterns.

How I Got Over Being Shy and Embraced Talking to People I Don’t Know How I Got Over Being Shy and Embraced Talking to People I Don’t Know

I once showed up to a party alone, before any of my friends arrived. Instead of mingling, I hid in the bathroom to kill time and avoid talking to strangers. Embarrassing, but true. For a shy person, social interaction can be a stomach-churning, anxiety-filled experience. It was for me. But with some work, I was able…

Break Bad Habits and Save Money with the "Swear Jar" Method Break Bad Habits and Save Money with the "Swear Jar" Method

With a swear jar, you have to put some money in it every time you curse as punishment. If you want to break some other habits, you can use a similar approach, and increase your savings in the process.

Break Bad Habits by Tricking Your "Inner Caveman" Break Bad Habits by Tricking Your "Inner Caveman"

Bad habits are tough to break and—as modern as we think we are—we all have an "inner caveman" that controls a lot of our impulses and behaviors. To break your worst habits, you'll need to make tiny adjustments that you can sneak past your primitive self.

Kick Bad Habits With Short-Term Sprints Kick Bad Habits With Short-Term Sprints

Whether it's caffeine or a killer sweet tooth, bad habits are tough to ditch. Short-term "sprints" over time can make kicking those bad habits more feasible and a lot less daunting.

How to Deal with Chronic Complainers How to Deal with Chronic Complainers

It’s hard to be positive and productive when you have someone complaining in your ear all day. Chronic complainers believe the world is out to get them, but the truth is that they may not even know that they complain so much. Here are some helpful tips for handling those that have a penchant for informing everyone…

The Money You Can Save by Cutting Back on Beer, TV, Soda, and Smoking The Money You Can Save by Cutting Back on Beer, TV, Soda, and Smoking

Everyone has heard how drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and indulging sugary sodas is unhealthy one way or another, but there are other costs involved. This video gives some examples of the money and time you could save if you cut back on these common bad habits.

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