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Willpower Isn't Enough

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Jason Shen graciously contributed a new guestpost to the site -- his have always been popular here. He's running an online class on "The Science of Willpower, Habits, And Behavior Change" in January. Here's Jason --

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is one of my favorite films and the best comic book to film translation ever done. Nolan's take on Batman is gritty, heroic, fresh, and even somewhat plausible. One of my favorite scenes from the first film, Batman Begins, is when he is being trained by Ra's al Ghul on the art of ninjutsu. The key conversation I want to point out here: 

George St. Pierre pummeling your untrained face

Next Level Habit Tracking and Formation

On Kevin Espiritu

As a follow up to my post on habits in 2013, I wanted to touch on some improvements that I have made to the system.

Previously I was tracking just one habit per month, making sure that it was likely to be a keystone habit - one that, if implemented, has a "cascade" effect on other parts of your life. Regular exercise is a great example of this, because you'll usually have more energy to devote to other aspects of your life and will achieve more things throughout your day.

I've upped the ante and am starting to think not only of single habit formation, but tracking many different habits throughout the day and using perfection as an ideal, not the desired result.

Because willpower is finite, there are simply going to be some days where my willpower gets tapped by business or personal life and some habits fall by the wayside for the day. The idea is to track a multitude of habits - some small, some large - over long periods of time and work on the meta-structure of your day and the order of the actions you take throughout the day.

Here's an idea of what it looks like:

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