Fresh Starts, Guilty Pleasures And Other Pro Tips For Sticking To Good Habits

For most of us, sticking to a good habit is a battle of will. But the researchers who study habit formation turn to science to help curtail their own tendency to slack off.

Katy Milkman played tennis at Princeton, and when she finished college, she went to the gym every day. But when she started grad school, her fitness routine went south.

"At the end of a long day of classes, I was exhausted," Milkman says. "Frankly, the last thing I wanted to do was drag myself to the gym. What I really wanted to do was watch TV or read Harry Potter.

But Milkman, who went on to study human behavior and decision-making, found a way to, too: She resolved to only indulge her love of fantasy novels at the gym — listening to audio books through earbuds.The pairing did the trick.

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