Changing habits

Life Garage Core Concept

We all have habits we don’t want and those we want to develop.


Habits are simply those go to repeated behaviours which we all have. Habits tend to fall into three main categories:

  • Unnoticed– things we do without thinking (e.g., locking the door)

  • Healthy– things we try to develop (e.g., going to the gym)

  • Unhealthy– things we instinctively do without wanting to (e.g., self-criticism)

So, habits are neither good nor bad, but simply part of the way we navigate life. But they can be hacked in a way which helps us or otherwise.

The usefulness of habits

Because our habits are automatic scripts our brain runs, they can be helpful in creating behaviours without us having to think too much in the moment. For example, if I want to drink more water, creating a habit which means I just keep a glass at my desk and fill it when thirsty instead of asking myself what I want to drink (I’d never choose water!) can help me to make the right choice for my desired goal.

Changing habits

Our two tools for this session will look at some of the tools we can use to help us change our habits, but as a starter we need to recognise:

  • Research from Duke University suggest over 40% of what we do is determined by habits and not decisions.

  • If our habits go unchecked, we often won’t be aware of why we act in certain ways.

  • One of the best ways to get arid of old habits is to replace them with new ones.

Life Garage Key Tools
  • Understanding the behaviour chain
  • Designing healthy habits

Understanding the behaviour chain

People often say they can’t help how they act, or that things just happen. The truth is that there is a chain of events which occur before we act.

Designing healthy habits

Creating new habits requires us to think ahead, and to plan, prepare and then perform.


Download our free core concept and key tools resource worksheets.

Core concept

Key tools


Additional resources



What to know about forming habits


TEDx Talk

The science of habits



Atomic habits

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