Robby MacDonell: Are goals bad for forming habits?

March 9, 2012

Robby MacDonell from RescueTime tried many different tools to form habits, and didn’t find that any of them worked. After a good deal of frustration, he started to investigate the idea of having goals at all. In this great talk, Robby honestly shows data that isn’t pretty – hooray! He also shares some really interesting insights on how to make the process of behavior change gentler, from personal and system design perspectives. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

Robby MacDonell – Are goals bad for forming habits? from David Reeves on Vimeo.

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