Yes, Your Phone Really Can Help You Build Better Habits

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We often blame our phones for our worst habits, from multitasking to poor spelling. But our phones can just as easily help us build better habits, by triggering a desired behavior.
o Start by considering when and where you want the habit to happen. For example, if you want to start flossing your teeth every day, decide when you’ll do it (after dinner or before bed?) and where (bathroom or kitchen sink?).
o Then set a recurring alert to remind you. (A task manager or calendar app may be useful.) Your phone can also cue you based on a specific location.
o If you’re trying to make mindfulness a habit, you can set a location-based reminder to take three deep breaths as soon as you get to the office.
Devices can help us break bad habits — the key is to create new habits that replace them.

Adapted from “How Your Phone Can Help You Set Better Habits,” by Alexandra Samuel

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