I am currently reading an interesting book by Tim Ferriss called “The 4-hour body” which talks about hacking your body into a dream machine. This obviously requires some changes to your behaviour and these changes must stick. Tim researched for on-line tools which will help his audience stick with the new habits. They are very interesting and in line with what I have been writing in my blog. I am sharing the two most interesting ones with my audience.
Remember in my post New year resolutions I had said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This is popular wisdom. There is someone out there who thought that this was so important that they actually created a website for that purpose.
Habit Forge allows you to declare a something new that you want to make into a habit. Starting next day, you start receiving a mail that asks whether you did what you said. The mail has two links, Yes & No. If you click the Yes link, the day count goes up by one. When you keep doing it for 21 days, you get a congratulatory mail. However, if you miss for a single day, the count starts from one again.
I think this is a great idea. We as human beings are always fallible and are likely to fail or give up, in absence of active support. When I started working on healthy eating, I subscribed to a mailing list that sent a mail a day about healthy eating habits. I didn’t always eat healthy, but seeing that mail everyday, definitely made me conscious about what I was eating.
Another interesting tool that Tim talks about is Stickk. In an earlier blog, I had said that making a commitment to someone else is a certain way to keep it.
stickK was founded on the principle that creating incentives and assigning accountability are the two most important keys to achieving a goal. Thus, the “Commitment Contract” was born.
Entirely unique to each person, a Commitment Contract obliges you to achieve your goal within a particular time-frame. Not only are you challenging yourself by saying “Hey, I can do this,” you’re also putting your reputation at stake. If you are unsuccessful, they will let your friends know about it.
Have a look at these tools. Use them as you see fit. Do let me know what you think about them.