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How can I stop looking at websites that just make me upset?

I can't stop reading PUA websites even though they make me unhappy, and I'm not sure how to deal with the effects it's having on me. [more inside]
posted by aivilo91 on Jun 9, 2014 - 45 answers

Curbing restless eating?

I am by nature a restless, fidgety person, and when I'm eating out with friends, this tendency manifests as restless eating -- just because the food is there and I want something to do with my hands and with myself. It happens almost unconsciously. Any tips on how to avoid this behavior?
posted by shivohum on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Self-Perpetuating Hierarchy

I saw an incredibly concise quote floating around social media a few weeks back that described how hierarchy becomes self-perpetuating. The gist of it was that those at the top of a hierarchy deprive those below them of the practice required to conceptualize and implement their own plans, and then turn around and justify their position by pointing out how incapable their subordinates have become. I'm almost certain the person quoted was female, and I'm fairly sure she was a social sciences academic, but may have been an activist of some stripe.
posted by wobdev on Nov 17, 2013 - 1 answer

What can I use as a psychological substitute for dessert?

For some reason, probably a combination of sweet tooth and several years of conditioning, I don't feel full after lunch/dinner unless I eat something sweet, ie. a dessert. But I would like to change that, especially after witnessing family members dealing with medical issues which would benefit from a healthier diet and observing the daily negotiation for/extortion of candy in exchange for a few bites of food between a toddler and his mother (not me, thank god). So I'm thinking about starting a new habit, some after-meal routine which would make my brain and stomach know I'm now done with eating, in place of eating a piece of cake or chocolate. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Aug 19, 2013 - 45 answers

Give me some life-long exercise habits to squish into my very busy life.

My life is crazy busy (whose isn't?) with school, small children and work, so often exercise is the thing that gets cut. I want to make my daily life more active, so that when I can't "exercise" I have still not been totally sedentary. I loved this question; I now stand like a flamingo every time I brush my teeth. But the question asks for general life tricks, and I am looking for exercise-specific habits. I am having a hard time googling for tricks because I am not looking for tricks or habits to implement while "exercising" or to get me to exercise. [more inside]
posted by heybearica on May 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Why is writing things down demotivating?

As soon as I write something down, I forget about it. This is very problematic for to-do lists... because as soon as I write down a thing I want to do, I no longer feel like doing it and find it uninteresting to even think about (because hey, I wrote it down, so I no longer have to think about it). Help me hack my motivation to overcome this. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Apr 26, 2013 - 24 answers

"Don't Break The Chain" app with skip days, because life is complicated

There are tons of "Don't Break The Chain"-style motivation tools in the iOS App Store and online, but I'm having trouble finding one with a feature I find essential: the ability to skip days on the fly without breaking your streak. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Apr 13, 2013 - 15 answers

What superpower or quirk have you picked up because of your 9-5 gig?

Please tell me about the habits and skills you've picked up as a result of your profession. It might be something you don't even notice because it's second nature to you, but others have pointed it out to you, or it could be something you've noticed about others. [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Feb 7, 2013 - 182 answers

Failure Mode Failure

Give me better rules of thumb for dealing with mundane failure: missing deadlines, losing things, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Dec 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Customizable fitness gamification, or other ways to motivate myself to do slow-result physical therapy?

How do I gamify my daily physical therapy, or otherwise help myself to stay compliant? [more inside]
posted by moira on Oct 6, 2012 - 16 answers

When eat meets shovel

How do I get my toddler to stop shoveling in his food and take his time? [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Aug 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Some practical questions about quitting smoking.

Need some advice and strategies for quitting smoking, with a couple of other specific practical questions (including how to manage it as a couple). [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Everyday workout

What's a simple workout that can help me get into the habit of regular gym visits? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on May 5, 2012 - 11 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

Relearning to drive

I've got some questions about driving after a hiatus of several years. [more inside]
posted by pavane on Apr 26, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I stop sipping?

When I get nervous in social situations, I feel the need to have something to sip on. If it's an alcoholic beverage, I can get over-inebriated. If it's non-alcoholic, I have to make constant trips to the bathroom. I need to break this habit or make it manageable. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 18, 2012 - 28 answers

How to make and keep good habits?

ResolutionFilter: I really want to start slowly adopting new, healthier habits. As it usually does, the inspiration has hit me just before New Years. But I don't want to make a resolution, I want to establish habits that I can keep. I've tried before, but here's where I always fall down: how do I make the new habits stick? They never actually make it to the "habit" stage for me. [more inside]
posted by duien on Dec 29, 2011 - 29 answers

End Nosepicking Now!

Please help me enforce my self imposed ban on nasal excavation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Soothe a Nerve

How to Comfort a Nervous Friend? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Jul 20, 2011 - 28 answers

Achievement Armlocked!

RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Help my friend detox

How can I help my friend detox from heroin in NYC? [more inside]
posted by alight on May 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me share my awesome idea!

How do I get a good idea in front of more people? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on May 6, 2011 - 25 answers

mouth off

I chew my mouth and I want to stop without using gum or other mouth foods as my main crutch. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Artificial sweetener is my vice and I think it is gross

I use artificial sweetener. I think I shouldn't. Help me not. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 14, 2011 - 26 answers

Unplugging and reconnecting

Wando the Reliable has carried me through multiple relationships and alone times, but I think it's time. Help me break up with my Hitachi Magic Wand. [more inside]
posted by sphallolalia on Nov 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Can a hare become a tortoise?

How can I train myself to do [anything] every day? Help me to re-calibrate my routine-resistant brain. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2010 - 22 answers

What's the deal with e-cigarettes anyway? Anecdotes, please!

Despite years of badgering, my mom will not stop smoking cigarettes. I've decided to compromise and buy her an e-cigarette device. Have you made this transition? What were your experiences, and what product(s) did you try?
posted by tybeet on Apr 29, 2010 - 24 answers

I married a fidgeter. Help me live with it!

Help me be less bothered by my husband's habit of worrying things and gnawing on them. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Mar 17, 2010 - 29 answers

Do people really change?

I'm looking for figures on will-power. How many people who try to lose weight, quit smoking, kick an addiction, start exercising, etc. will be successful (particularly long term)? In other words, I'm looking for experimental or population studies on how often people are able to change their behavior in significant ways when they resolve to do so. Well supported anecdotal data about large groups ("vietnam vets were(n't) largely able to quit heroin on coming home") is only slightly less appreciated.
posted by elektrotechnicus on Dec 14, 2009 - 11 answers

An app to track completions?

An app for that? I want to give my iPhone a list of things I want to collect data on. "How many of the last n days have I completed x" is exactly want I want to know. It's not a goal, it's not a habit, I'm not trying to hit a target weight, and I'm not trying to quit smoking. [more inside]
posted by phritosan on Nov 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Finger Pain & Nail Biting

Fingernail Filter: I know its been asked many times how to quit this compulsion. While that is a concern of mine, I need to know what to do to alleviate pain in the fingers from excessive fingernail biting. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Nov 3, 2009 - 32 answers

building a life

I'm looking for ways to change my behavior. It's important for various reasons that I start reinforcing some behaviors and stopping others. I'm a procrastinator for one, and tend to start projects and not finish them for another. Is there a research backed methodology for doing so? [more inside]
posted by diode on Aug 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

What can I do to stop/discourage my habit of pulling out facial hair? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Jun 13, 2008 - 13 answers

sick of the highs and the lows

I have Tourette Syndrome, and I can't stop jumping up and down. Help me rewire my defective brain to channel this activity into something less destructive. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 31, 2008 - 37 answers

How do we get the dog off our bed at night?

Dogfilter: We need help training our dog to sleep in her kennel and not in our bed. How can we do this? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Mar 13, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I stop compulsively pulling my beard hair?

I've always had a problem with pulling my beard hair out similar to other people's problems with biting their fingernails. This sort of behavior also runs in my family. What can I do to stop? [more inside]
posted by JacksonEsquire on Apr 30, 2007 - 17 answers

Starting Good Work Habits

I'm starting a new job soon. What are some good habits to incorporate from day one? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Apr 9, 2007 - 28 answers

Nun in a baseball cap instead of a habit?

I have a very strong image in my head of a nun who, instead of the traditional habit, is wearing a baseball cap of sorts. Where did I see this? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Oct 23, 2006 - 8 answers

What makes your todo list work for you?

What makes your todo list work for you? I don't care if it's digital or on papter, I want to know how you got in the habit of using a todo list everyday.
posted by the giant pill on Jun 18, 2006 - 33 answers

How do I stop the habit of walking around the house when thinking something or having my lunch or dinner ?

I have a habit of walking to and fro from one room of my house to another, whenever I am thinking something, or even when I am having my lunch or dinner ? I am aware this is not a good habit, as I waste valuable calories in the process (I am a thin person by the way). How do I get rid of this habit ? Please give some innovative ideas. Has anyone else suffered from the same habit ? Basically I am quite a restless person. This habit looks quite odd in front of guests.
posted by inquisitive on Feb 2, 2006 - 20 answers

I like juice

Bottled juice is making me poor. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Jan 6, 2006 - 35 answers

internet download monitor?

I keep on getting in trouble for going over my daily download limit at work. Can anyone recommend an app which will track how much bandwidth i'm using throughout the day? (for Win XP) [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Jun 16, 2005 - 13 answers

Quitting Smoking

I'm finally doing it. I'm quitting smoking - yay me! Anybody who has done this (and succeeded) - how did you get over the rough patches when the urge to light up was almost too powerful to ignore? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Jun 14, 2005 - 40 answers

Can a mid 30's person to change their life habits?

Is it possible for a mid 30's person to change their life habits? Even more specificially, can a lifetime of disorganization be turned around into one of organization? (MI) [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 9, 2004 - 9 answers

Is there a term for unbidden standard thoughts? Can I train myself to stop thinking them?

When I perform some everyday tasks, or walk past certain locations, I think the exact same things every time. It isn't just me, is it? Is there a term for these unbidden little standard thoughts, and can I train myself to stop thinking them? [examples inside] [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Dec 15, 2003 - 13 answers

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