Habits That Help

If I have to clean, weed, or do a boring chore, I put on the headphones and listen to a book or podcast.

There's a name for that bargaining tool. It's called "pairing" and it's something I learned from a book called Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin.

 Better Than Before is about  how the kinds of tendencies you have (she identifies four) can help you reach your goals. If you;re ready to face them,  then pick up this book.  I immediately identified myself as an "Obliger" and learned ways to reach goals and set healthy habits in a way that made sense to my rule-following self. It worked! 

And then it didn't.  I immediately did the opposite. That's because we're often a combo of the four tendencies.  But there is something comforting about recognizing your habit tendency and then finding ways to work with it.

So are you a Rebel, Upstander, Questioner, or Obliger?

http://gretchenrubin.com/books/before-after/before-after/

Her podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/happier-with-gretchen-rubin/id969519520?mt=2