Episode 22: The Oreo Cookie Approach To Breaking a Bad Habit

June 13, 2018

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Episode Overview

As a follow-up to the Habits 101 podcast, Annie and Lauren get together to discuss how to break a bad habit. They share their own experiences and use Oreo cookies to explain how to replace things you don’t want to do with things that you do. Join them and learn about how going cold turkey isn’t your only option.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How to break a bad habit
  • The habit cycle
  • Bad habits, positive rewards – unpacking what makes bad habits hard to break
  • Replacing bad habits with good habits
  • Finding ways to replicate the reward of a bad habit
  • How Annie & Lauren broke bad habits of their own (and what they were!)
  • Curating your environment to support your goals – why and how
  • Changing your habits: a conscious process
  • The value of aiming for consistency instead of perfection
  • What an experiment about water sales can teach us about habits
  • How the way you organize your fridge can impact your food habits
  • The rewards of good and bad habits – how fast they come and how that impacts what we do
  • Moving the rewards of good habits into the present
  • How to make unpleasant tasks more enjoyable



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.