A 2006 paper published by a Duke University researcher found that over 40% of our every day actions were not conscious, but habits.*
That's a big chunk of life to be running on autopilot. My name is Elijah Szasz and in 2011, I began a series of 21 Day experiments around life optimization through better habits.
It is widely believed that you can make or break most habits when consistently practicing a routine for 21 Days. While each habit is as different as the person trying change it, 21 Days continues to be an ideal amount of time to try a totally new experience. From fun experiments to life-changing shifts, this is a collection of my findings and continued evolution.
*Bas Verplanken and Wendy Wood, “Interventions to Break and Create Consumer Habits,” Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 25, no. 1 (2006): 90– 103; David T. Neal, Wendy Wood, and Jeffrey M. Quinn, “Habits— A Repeat Performance,” Current Directions in Psychological Science 15, no. 4 (2006): 198– 202.