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Newsletter: How to form a new habit (March 8, 2024)

Hi friends,


Have you wanted to pick up a new habit, but just feel too exhausted at the end of the day?


Perhaps, you want to dive into that book your mentor recommended, but the thought of more work at the end of the day is revolting.


Netflix, please!


In my quest to evolve and grow, I've found a couple of hacks I've successfully implemented, and tested for validity with willing mentees and students.


Want to learn my secrets?


Secret #1: Start with the hard stuff

One of the big secrets to getting things done is starting with the hard stuff.


When you do this, everything that follows feels easier.


You may have intuitively known that starting earlier was a good way to get the momentum going, but did you ever see it visually represented? Check out the diagram below to see why starting with ONE good choice can automatically set your day on a better course.


The power of decisive moments from James Clear's Atomic Habits
The power of decisive moments from James Clear's Atomic Habits

So now that you know how important it is to start your day with something that feels like a "good choice," let me share my number one hack for making a good choice the easiest thing in the world.


Secret #2: Commit for 2 minutes or less 

To start your day with a good choice, use the two-minute or less rule.


Whatever habit you are trying to build, instead of committing to something that feels overwhelming and self-defeating, only commit to the tiniest amount you are willing to do.


For example, if you want to start reading at night, instead of tracking how many books you finished (a lagging indicator), start by tracking whether or not you opened your book today (a leading indicator).


Check out how this looked in my life last month.



Final thought

If you are a parent or educator who wants to teach this to your student, start by trying this method out to see if it works for you. Remember, to write the book, you must become the book.


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About the author

Sean G. McCormick is a former public school special education teacher who founded Executive Function Specialists to ensure all students with ADHD and Autism have access to high-quality online executive function coaching services. 


With this mission in mind, he then founded the Executive Function Coaching Academy which trains schools, educators, and individuals to learn the key approaches to improve executive function skills for students.


He is also the co-founder of UpSkill Specialists, a business with a mission to provide adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, access to high-quality executive function coaching services that can be accessed through Self-Determination funding.

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EFS started with one teacher deciding that kids with ADHD needed better access to quality executive function coaching services. Since then, we have grown to a team of specialists working both private students and public schools to enhance executive function skills for all students. 

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