Habit Fields

by Jack Cheng

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  1. Thanks for the visual embodiment of my bad habits. I now visualize habit fields as magnetic fields, with “work” and “play” substituting north and south. Mixing habit or magnetic fields results in a net loss of field strength (using my work laptop on my sofa reduces my relaxation and productivity potentials)

    PS: while writing this comment I checked twitter and my email

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  2. I found it to be very interesting reading. It almost seems that Jack proposes we take a back to basics approach akin to the maxim of “the right tool for the job”. In associating modes of comport with spaces and places, we are ensuring that what we do in a place or space, we do really well. This makes a lot of sense. I always sleep much better in my bed than my kitchen floor, or half-way down my stairs.

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  3. Thanks for a great article.  Unfortunately, I only have a single desktop PC, but applying your ideas just to browsers on this one PC I now have Firefox set up with just work-related links and have installed LeechBlock to stop access to Twitter, etc.  All my personal/leisure stuff I now do on Chrome.

    So far it’s working well :)

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  4. A very interesting article! The malleability of memory has always fascinated me, but I didn’t think of it like this – being able to use it to create more productive associations.

    Focus is such a problem these days. I often pick up my iPod Touch and just idly flick through the app pages, then put it down again! Now, that’s an unproductive habit field right there!

    i have written an article about it on my writing site if anyone wants to take a look. Feedback encouraged. http://www.getmewriting.com/techniques-and-tips/habitual-writing/

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