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Research suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So there are 21 day challanges where you make yourself do something you want to form a habit for for 21 days and it will miraculously be a part of you.

What are the do's and don'ts when it comes to implementing and designing such a challenge for oneself?

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I've always known it as the '30 day challenge'.

There are many blogs about it from people trying it out for themselves. It's basically to find out if your body can cope, and if you like it.

For example I tried the challenge of becoming an early riser, which worked for a short while before my girlfriend got annoyed.

I would say, make sure the challenge will benefit you, make you more productive, or make you more "happy".

Another thing is to try and keep a blog and document your experience with the challenge, this will be a great help to you and others trying the same challenge.

Above all is, you must stick to it, if you miss out a few days, or only do 15 days, its pointless and you will have wasted your time.

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+1 for keeping the record. This will help keeping things on track; and you can take the experience in progress, not only the habit. – Hoàng Long Jul 9 '12 at 10:22

There's a site that I 'm going to start using for my personal goals called Chains:

On this site you create a chain for your goal where each day you accomplish the goal, you add a link to the chain. The goal then becomes not to break the chain. There are even groups on the site striving for common goals.

This is a more visual way to see your progress towards developing a new habit. Best of luck!

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