We tend to assume that our personality drives our behavior.
But in many cases, our environment drives our behavior even more1.
So, whenever you want to break a bad habit, removing its triggers from your surroundings is a good practice.
Here are some examples:
- If you stay up too late at night, remove the TV from your bedroom.
- If you spend too much time on your phone, turn off your notifications.
- If you procrastinate at work, use software to block distracting websites.
The fewer unfavorable triggers you have in your environment, the less willpower you’ll need to resist them.