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How can I stop repeating certain behavioral patterns?

"We've had this conversation before. I don't want to have it again." I'm finding myself on the receiving end of this line way too often, from both my spouse and my employer. The problem is, I keep repeating bad patterns like forgetting to turn off the light as I leave the room at home, or not managing my project time effectively at work. I'm aware of the problems and I know how to fix them... I just don't think to, in the moment. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 16, 2015 - 32 answers

Breaking bad...habits with good ones?

They say you should kick a bad habit to the curb by replacing it with a good one. Well, what should that be? Let's say it should be something you can do at a desk to replace a bad Internet-related compulsion. It should preferably be something straightforward but productive that (eventually) makes you feel like you've accomplished something of value, not just a useless "tic" (so, something more meaningful than pen-spinning or card shuffling, but not something overly complex that will be given up on). Any suggestions?
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Have you ever managed to break a long-term cycle of self-sabotage?

or repeated mistakes? If you have any insight or personal experience please give it. I'm starting to suspect that I may never make any progress because it keeps happening again and again and the consequences are only getting worse. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Jul 21, 2014 - 17 answers

Stop it. No, really, stop it.

How do you force yourself to break minor bad habits, when you're already aware of them and you really, genuinely do want to stop them? [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Aug 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Could (or should) I put my puppy in a pack n play while I'm at home?

My puppy is fine in his crate if I'm not around or if he's sleeping, but he loses his mind if I crate him while I'm at home. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

"She slipped the dirk from under her pillow..."

Should I train myself to sleep on my back? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on May 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Teach myself to type "correctly"?

I've always typed quickly but a bit "wrong" (only 6-8 fingers). Is it worth re-learning to type properly? [more inside]
posted by razorfrog on Sep 24, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every night?

How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every single night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 41 answers


After tracking myself for a few weeks, I learned that I have very, very bad reading habits. Help me improve myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2010 - 11 answers

How to maintain good personal hygiene.

Need any help I can get overcoming a lifelong major set of bad habits, all related to personal hygiene. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 - 43 answers

Pain relief for nailbiting episode?

I snapped and bit my nails way too short after having kicked the habit for several months. Now all my fingertips are seriously painful. Is there any kind of ointment or something I can buy at a drug store to cut down on the pain? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jun 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

How can I change my habits? I'm a graduate student, and I am taking my PhD qualifying examinations within the next year. I am down to the wire and I need to change my habits, and they are very, very bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Help! I'm a stuffaholic.

I’m not materialistic, just far too attached to my worldly possessions. How can I break my addiction to stuff? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 25, 2007 - 34 answers

Seasons change, but people don't??

How can a compulsive liar change their ways? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Apr 29, 2007 - 8 answers

How to break bad behaviors

How do I break behaviors that I've been doing for years? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Apr 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Is my throat abnormally suggestible?

Why is it that I feel nauseated when I hear other people rattle their phlegm (you know, that pre-loogie sound), but my own throat feels somehow "better" when I hear someone else clearing his?
posted by kittyprecious on Jan 26, 2006 - 8 answers

The quest for happy, healthy, hard-working hands

PromoteSafeVolunteeringFilter. I would like to start volunteering regularly at an AIDS hospice. My nails and cuticles are an ugly, bloody mess from a pretty bad nail-and-cuticle biting habit. It hasn't bothered me until now; but even with the double-layer of gloves I wear while doing the cleaning, the nuns who run the place have pointed out this is not a good situation for the patients or myself. How do I make my hands healthy and keep them that way in as short a time as possible? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 28, 2005 - 14 answers

Fingernail Biting

How do I stop myself from biting my fingernails? I'm in my twenties now and this habit is really injurious to my self-esteem (and probably my health, too). Every so often I'll remove so much that my fingers are sore for a few days and once or twice I've drawn blood. I can stop for up to about a week, but inevitably I succumb in a moment of distracted agitation, and the habit returns. (Answers amounting to "stop being nervous!" are not especially welcome.)
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2005 - 29 answers

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