Whether it’s caffeine or a killer sweet tooth, bad habits are tough to ditch. Short-term “sprints” over time can make kicking those bad habits more feasible and a lot less daunting.
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Sprints are a short time period during which you alter your habits for the better, and 7 Tutorials’ Andrei-Adnan Ismail used them to kick caffeine once and for all. Once you’ve decided to quit, monitor your habits and then track your progress when you start cutting back on it. In this case, Ismail put together a spreadsheet to track how he felt when he cut back on his coffee drinking every couple of weeks. He started off by just watching his habits, then how his body reacted as he made slow, gradual changes. Over time, he was able to see exactly how his changes benefitted him.
Of course this doesn’t just apply to caffeine. You could use this approach to kick any bad habit. All you have to do is design a slow-and-steady sprint system and stick to it.