5 Fundamentals of Breaking a Bad Habit and Build Good Ones

The Habit Framework - Part 1

Which was the first thing you did early in the morning as you woke up?
Did you first check your mobile, go straight to the washroom or simply lie down on the bed for next ten-fifteen minutes?
As you were leaving the home for office today, which footwear did you wear first, right, or left?
What did you say to your children or your wife while leaving the house?
Which path did you opt for commuting to the office?
What engaged you in the office, initially?
After returning from the office, what did you do first? It was followed by which activity?
Did you similarly perform all the activities yesterday or day before yesterday, in short, daily? If yes, how do you feel about it?
Don't you think that our whole life is the result of many of our habits?


Psychologists state that more than forty per cent of our actions are the outcome of our habits. Many times, we do feel that we have taken conscious decisions, but in reality, it’s quite opposite. Usually, we make a decision or take an action following our habit, which is later followed by logical thoughts (proving those decisions or actions as correct ones). In a nutshell, our habits drive our lives, happy or gloomy!

Most of the times our habits get deeply rooted in our minds, that we become oblivious about those habitual patterns and then these habits start dictating our lives. These habits, positive or negative, intensify every passing day, becoming involuntary actions. We begin to operate on an auto-pilot mode, sometimes working contrary to our common sense! Therefore, it is very crucial to ensure that our habits make our lives full of joy, success, and solutions.

So do you want to work on your habits?

In this series of blogs, we will deliberate upon habits, learn some great tools that will help us control and alter our habits. Before learning the techniques, we need to understand 'The Habit Framework' theory, and do some experiments on ourselves accordingly, which would assist us in getting rid of harmful practices and foster positive habits in our life.

Five parts of 'The Habit Framework' are,

1. Habit Analysis

2. Describe the hidden pattern of the habit

3. Find Triggers

4. Search for Gains

5. Make an Action Plan

Before changing our habits, we need to understand the mechanism of our habits, this 'The Habit Framework' will be useful in this process. When we would apply this habit framework to the habits we want to change, we would understand the brain process behind those habits. We would also understand how habits are framed in our life, what is the process of habit formation, how to take control of that process and get rid of negative habits & inculcate the constructive habits.

Let us look at an example to understand every part of 'The Habit Framework' ...

Sam is a software engineer working in a multinational company. A few days ago, he went to a doctor who instructed him to control the consumption of sugar, as he was diagnosed with diabetic symptoms. Hence, he decided to discontinue his afternoon tea. But sadly, he could not keep up with this decision, even after several attempts.

Every day around 04:00 pm, he accompanies his colleagues to the canteen, and while gossiping with them, he consumes a cup of tea. While taking sips of tea, he feels good, but later as he starts working again, he feels guilty. He is aware that leaving tea is essential, but he fails every day. Each day he decides to quit drinking tea from the next day and fells on his face. Now he is feeling that with every passing day, his habit of drinking tea becoming stronger.

Now, Ramesh wants to give up this habit and if want to help him, we need to find the hidden structure behind it. Let us examine the five parts of 'The Habit Framework' to find the mechanism,

1. Habit Analysis 

2. Describe the pattern 

3. Find Triggers 

4. Search for Gains 

5. Action Plan 

Now, let’s think about Sam’s problem with these five aspects of 'The Habit Framework'.
- How would you analyze this habit of Sam?
- How would you describe the habit pattern?
- Can you find the triggers that are automating Sam’s habit?
- Can you discover the hidden benefits behind this habit?
- If Sam wants to quit this habit, what would be his action plan?


Please think about these questions, we would discuss each aspect of 'The Habit Framework' in the next blog.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog! Do share it with your near & dear ones. Let’s meet at the next Blog. Till then…….

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