|01-22-2009, 07:00 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Rafael, California
This appears to be the case with many things I have done. Not always suffering either, try adopting habits you enjoy
Muscle grows. Brains re-wire. Tastebuds reform. Novelty is conserved.
|01-22-2009, 07:09 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: London, United Kingdom
I usually form habits in around 15 days but to be on the safe side I always go through 30, not 21 day trial.
This way I know that I will not fall out of the habit if some distraction comes along after 30 days and I have to skip one day.
|01-23-2009, 06:50 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Holy City of Madina
|01-24-2009, 01:11 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
It's a good rule of thumb. 30 days to be safe is a good model - it also fits more neatly into a calendar month.
But it depends a lot on the habit. If you're an alcoholic, you're unlikely to have zero interest in alcohol after 30 days. Ditto cigarettes - it'll take more than 30 days to completely clean out your system.
In my experience, what the 30 days does is build up momentum. It basically becomes as easy to maintain the habit as to not do it. But if you do stop doing it for a few days (again, depending on the habit) the inertia starts building up again pretty quickly.
Regardless, you'll be in a better position after 30 days than you were at the start.
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