20-Second Rule Principle #6 of Happiness Advantage
Principle #6 The 20-Second Rule
How to turn bad habits into Good Ones by Minimizing Barriers to Change.
Willpower weakens the more we use it, so to change habits, the better bet is to lower barriers to change.
Here a great article in the New York Times on how to conserve you will power.
Redirecting the Path: The 20-second Rule
Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid.
Set Rules of Engagement
Setting of rules in advance can free us from the constant barrage of willpower-depleting choices that make a real difference in our lives. Rules are especially helpful during the first few days of a behavior-changing venture, when it’s easier to stray off course. gradually as the desired action becomes more habitual, we can become more flexible.
If you can cut the activation energy for those habits that lead to success, even by as little as 20 seconds at a time, it won’t be long before you start reaping their benefits.