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“New Habits” is the first of six planned modules
of the Work With Flow Workshop.
Format: digital streaming/digital download.

Train New Habits So You Can
Get More Done in Less Time
Without Using Will Power.

I once heard a speaker say that your current habits will keep you in your current rut.

We’ll call this the “Static Habit Principle”:

Static Habit Principle: if you rely on the habits you have now, your life is likely to stay the way it is right now.

The Static Habit Principle is wrong.

The Static Habit Principle assumes that all habits have immediate effects only. They change you a little bit and then you are stuck at that level until you do something else.

Some habits are like that, but not all.

Some habits set you on a path to improvement.

And while some people adopt mostly static habits, others tend to adopt habits that set them on a path to improvement.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably in the second group. YOU are most likely industrious, creative, at least somewhat entrepreneurial, and have successfully completed some creative projects in the past.

You probably ARE making progress with your current habits. And it’s quite possible your current habits do have you on the road to wild success — eventually.

HOWEVER, . . . there is a good chance it’s taking you longer (perhaps much longer) to get to your ideal outcome than you thought it would.

And there’s a good chance that you could use BETTER habits — habits that will get you moving faster toward your ideal outcome than you’re moving right now.

So let me offer an alternative to the Static Habit Principle. We’ll call it the “Dynamic Habit Principle”:

Dynamic Habit Principle: If you want success to come at a faster pace than it’s coming right now, you probably need some new habits.

Even if the Static Habit Principle doesn’t apply to you, the Dynamic Habit Principle probably does.

Your current habits probably have you on a slow train to success. And a few new habits could secure you at ticket on a much faster train to success.

Well, I have good news for you. I’ve recently discovered a secret for forming new habits quickly and easily.

Over the last few months I’ve changed several habits. And these new habits are speeding up the pace at which I am approaching my goals.

Just in the last few months I’ve established the following new habits:

  • I now get core value creation work done for the first two hours of almost every single work day before doing anything else.
  • I maintain a clear mind all the time.
  • I immediately recognize when I feel confused about my plans, and I break them down further right away (without wallowing in confusion first).
  • I immediately recognize when I’ve lost motivation for a project and immediately regain clarity about my outcomes (instead of losing motivation and finding a distraction to procrastinate with)
  • I immediately move to solution whenever unexpected complications show up (rather than brooding about it and saying “why me?”)
  • I stopped biting my nails almost instantly! (This had been a lifelong habit I was previously unable to break)
  • I’ve lost 21 pounds (I do think the right kind of diet advice helps, too, though)
  • I’ve cut down on coffee consumption (so I’m sleeping consistently well again at night)
  • I’ve trained myself to be a decent disc golf player in a short amount of time (my new obsession)

I’ve never made so many positive changes in such a short time — ever.

New Habits Can Be Established Very Quickly

You may have heard that “due to limited will power” you can only really effectively train one habit at a time, and that it takes about 30 days to make a habit stick.

Not so.

There is a way to make things happen much faster.

And this “secret” isn’t just some tired advice you’ve heard a hundred times before.




Researchers at Cornell and NYU have
unlocked two big habit training secrets.

It involves a couple techniques that are being actively researched at places like Cornell University and New York University.

The researchers of both techniques have shown consistently powerful results time after time.

And I’ve seen these powerful results in my own life time after time.

The research started in the late 1990s, but has yet to trickle down into the mainstream (and when people do get wind of the techniques they often misapply them).

Because the techniques are so new, there’s also a lot of room to refine the techniques beyond what the researchers themselves have done.

And I’ve done this. I’ve combined these two new techniques with the theory of motivational conflict I used in my PhD research and developed the “Work With Flow Habit Training Method”.

After tinkering and trying things in different orders, and things like that, I’ve got the method so it’s working like a charm for me.

I believe it will work wonders for you as well.

Here’s the thing.

This procedure for forming new habits is very simple.

But the details matter.

And I’m going to lay it all out for you in the first module of the “Work with Flow” workshop.

The first module is titled “New Habits”.

Now you might be wondering, . . . if our goal is productivity, why start with habit training?

You’ll see why by the end of the module, but let me see if I can give you some idea right now.

Our goal is to work with FLOW

Our goal is to work with what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “FLOW”.

For the most part, when you work with flow, you will enjoy your work, work better, and work longer (if you want to).

The problem is, there are many obstacles to “FLOW”.

Some of these obstacles are bad habits we have.

And some of these obstacles can be overcome with new good habits.

The Work With Flow Workshop is currently slated to have six modules. “New Habits” is the first.

In most of the other modules we will discuss some planning and productivity techniques that will allow us to work with flow pretty much all the time.

In order to get the most out of these techniques, it’s best if they simply become HABITS.

And that’s why our first module is about how to very efficiently establish new habits. That way, when it’s time to learn a new habit that will let you work with flow, you’ll be able to incorporate it very quickly and easily.

Now, our main agenda is working with flow, but you probably have some health and personal habits you’d like to train as well.

And that’s one of the side benefits of this training. Yes, we will be training some new productivity habits. But you can also use this material to train some new health and wellness habits as well.

Over the last few months, I’ve personally established new productivity habits AND new health habits.

And you can, too.

So, . . .

What’s In This First Module?

Here are some of the things we will cover in the first module of the workshop:

  • A method to help you short circuit your anti-productivity urges (this method is so powerful it even helped heroin addicts stick to complex plans while in withdrawl)
  • The exact formula for this method that works the best (slightly different formulations will yield dramatically different results)
  • How to use this method to work on several habits at the same time (you really can work on more than one habit per month — much more)
  • The right way to think about your goal so it motivates you to achieve it (you might currently be doing it in a way that actually reduces your motivation to achieve it)
  • Two kinds of will power (and how to use the easy kind)
  • Why our will power gets drained (and how to maintain high levels)
  • Why we often don’t do the things we want to do (and how to change that)
  • Why we often do the things we don’t want to do (and how to change that)

“I want you to know that it works!”

“The New Habits module enlightened me on a new and easy way to create, change, or modify habits.

Procrastination has done me no favors. It’s one habit that has caused me to lose money, time, and a lot of potential for growth in many areas of my life.

Well, that is now changing. What made the big difference? Your easy-to-understand [habit training technique]. Very clever. I just want you to know that it works! And I’m using this 3rd Step, along with Steps 1 & 2, of the Plan A you laid out for us in other areas of my life. I’m blown away with how life-changing this is for me. Thank you so much.

And just a few notes about the 1st Module itself. I love the idea of the homework assignment that you gave us. Easy, but still challenging enough to “really want to give it a go!” Your presentation is easy to understand because you have a way of keeping it simple and clear. Also, I love the nice-funky music you have as a lead-in and between your presentations.

Oh yeah, one more thing! Price is very sweet too :) Looking forward to the next module. The best way I can sum up what the “New Habits Workshop Module” did for me is…..”Up-n-Out!” (Willy Wonka)”

– Ken, Nagoya JP


“. . . very insightful.”

“I bought this right away b/c I trust your expertise – it didn’t disappoint. I watched the first module right away and thought it was very insightful. I won’t give away any secrets, though :)”

– Michael Shearer netexperienced.com

“Immediately cured sleeping in habit . . .”

“Jim, Great work on this. :) I’ve successfully applied and used the training. Watched the video 2 times, then printed and laminated all the sheets. Immediately cured sleeping in habit, and now waking up at 5:30am sharp, and getting more done than ever. Have a big list of habits to form, and working through them a couple at a time.”


“I’ve modified what I automatically eat during the day when I’m hungry, . . .”

“The strategies work.

I’ve modified what I automatically eat during the day when I’m hungry and added 2 or 3 one minute exercise sessions to each day. According to my measurements I’ve lost 5 pounds in 10 days while gaining muscle through using this method.

I’ve implemented a few other simple habits. I started 11 new habits at the same time, so revisiting the list of statements helps, along with reinforcing through visualization.

Using this approach with my children changes what could be nagging reminders into an experiment together in strategy. That experiment is not yet finished. I’ll let you know how it goes!”

– Sarah Hurty, Carlton, Oregon

This module contains the following:

  • A 63 minute video presentation of “New Habits”. Format: digital streaming/digital download.
  • An mp3 version, so you can listen in your car, or while taking a walk
  • Supporting PDF files that summarize the method, and provide troubleshooting questions
  • Links to supporting resources on the web for further research
  • A PDF document containing the presentation slides.

And, remember, if you follow the Fractal Heads blog, and you enroll in these modules as they come out, you get a great deal. You can still get this module for $27 on an a la carte basis.

Note:

Releasing the workshop in parts allows me to get feedback and testimonials along the way, and it allows you to get a great price. (The full workshop will probably go for $249 — which is still a great deal, but not as good as this one :-)

A La Carte Enrollment Will End When
all Six Modules are Completed.

You can watch enroll in the first module, “New Habits” today, and start training some new habits today.

Just click the “buy now” button, watch the video, and start training new habits into your life right away:


P.S. I’m really excited to get your feedback about these methods. I’d love to hear your thoughts about how the presentation can be improved. But also, I look forward to hearing over the next couple weeks how your life is being improved with new habits.

Sincerely,

Jim

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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I bought this right away b/c I trust your expertise – it didn’t disappoint. I watched the first module right away and thought it was very insightful. I won’t give away any secrets, though :)

    • Jim Stone
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Michael! I’ve found these techniques to be quite effective. I’m glad to be able to finally get them out there.

  2. Posted October 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Jim, this 1st module was really helpful. I’m a victim of a catch-22 bad habit. This habit has cost me a lot of wasted time, lost income, and a a lot more I really don’t want to think about. The habit…Procrastination. After listening to Module one, I feel pretty good and confident about applying your lesson to the ‘bad habit assignment’. I’ll start tomorrow (joking :) ). Actually started already.

    In regards to the your presentation: You have a way of breaking things down so folks like me can really connect to what you are saying and inspires me to take action. You keep it simple.

    Also, I love that funky music you use to entertain us in the beginning and between chapters. Really fun to listen too.

    A QUESTION: Will we be able to email in our questions if we are unable to attend the Q & A for Module-1? (I’m in Japan and work on weekends)

    Thank you… m(_ _)m

    • Jim Stone
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Ken. Thank you for all your nice comments. I’m glad the first module seems helpful for you.

      About emailing questions in absentia . . . yes, absolutely. When I email the details for the call, you can reply to that message with any questions you have.

  3. Zelda
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I just came across this blog today and see that I’ve missed out on buying Module 1. May I still purchase it?

    On a side note, will the Fractal Planner work on an iPhone?

    Thank you!

    • Jim Stone
      Posted November 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Zelda. No, the initial offering for the New Habits module is over. I might re-open in a la carte for $27, so people can participate in later modules and still “fill in” old ones they missed. But I promised those who purchased that they were getting the best deal by acting quickly, and I’ll hold to that. I’ll make an announcement if I decide to go that way. Of course, once the whole workshop is put together, I won’t offer the a la carte discount any more.

      About the iphone . . . no plans at this point. I would have to hire that out, and am not ready to go that direction yet. I’ll continue to improve the full-size web browser version going forward, though.

  4. Hilary
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jim,

    Ack! just found your site, so I just missed this. Any chance you might turn it into a downloadable product? (It’s really hard to type with my fingers crossed like this.)

    • Jim Stone
      Posted November 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Hilary.

      Yes, it is a downloadable product. The question is whether I will sell that module again before the main product is completed. If I do it will be for a higher price than the original $17, but still lower than the pro-rated price for the whole workshop. This will allow people who want to participate in the early release of future modules to “catch up”, while still holding to my promise that the initial price was the best price people could get.

      Tell me, would you be interested in the “New Habits” module for $27, knowing you could still grab future modules at $17 (provided you get them during the initial enrollment period)? Because I want to limit my administration window, I might just offer older modules for $27 during the enrollment window for future modules.

      I’ll let you and others know when I decide how to handle this.

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