Programmers use If-Then statements to instruct a computer to do something if certain conditions are met. If “X” happens, do “Y”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could use this technique to build personal development habits?
If-Then statements for personal development
It’s easy to set up our own If-Then statements, all it takes is a small commitment. The best If-Then statements have a clear stimulus and follow up action. The stimulus is a wake up call to your brain to take action, but the stimulus should be easy to understand and happen on a regular basis.
In order for the If-Then statements to take hold you need to start with one, and work on it for 66 days as mentioned in Jay Papasans one thing.
Examples of great If-Then statements
If I wake up early in the morning then I need to work out right away.
If I’m stuck in traffic then I will listen to an educational podcast.
If I’m waiting in line then I will study spanish with duolingo.
If I’m feeling uncertain then I need to track this thought with my journal.
If I’m frustrated then I will take 25 minute break to work on a side project.
If I’m in bed early then I will start reading a book.
If I learned something from the meeting then I will take 30 seconds to write it down in my journal.
You can create If-Then statements for almost anything
The possibilities are endless. Try experimenting with one and let me know how it works out.
Try this experiment and let me know what happens in the comment section.
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