Optimize your environment to improve your habits - 129



Optimize Your Environment To Improve Your Habits – 129


In Episode 129 of The Improvement Project podcast I share some research and thoughts on how to optimize your environment to improve your habits.

We don’t really consider that our surroundings can have a significant impact on what we do or don’t do each day.  Don’t you think it would be amazing to change something in your environment and that simple change would make it way more likely that you’d follow through with a good habit without even thinking about it that much?  I do!!  Sign me up.

By changing your surroundings, you can place a hurdle in the way of bad behaviours and remove the barriers to good ones. James Clear refers to this strategy as environment design.

Here’s an easy way to apply environment design to your own life: think about your environment in relation to the number of steps it takes to perform a habit. To make good habits easier, reduce the number of steps to do them. To make bad habits harder, increase the number of steps between you and the habit.


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


0:36: Intro

1:16: In episode 129 of The Improvement Project podcast, I talk about how you can optimize your environment to improve your habits.  The cues that you see around you in your surroundings each day play a huge role in what you do or don’t do.  Let’s learn how we can tap into our environment intentionally to move us toward good habits and then ultimately our big goals and dreams.

16:00: Outro


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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Episode 1, 37, 38, 39, 40, 90, 92 of The Improvement Project Podcast

Article by James Clear on Environment Design and habits

Book: Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin




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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone. Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures as well as Cat Mom to the floofy ragdoll Amigo Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her! Join her weekly to explore how to create healthy habits that stick on the journey to becoming better humans!




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Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

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Peggy xo