Hey guys today’s video [is] about building good study habits I think this is a really important [topic] because lots of smart people do themselves a disservice by not building up Good habits always hear people say that another person is lucky because they were born smart, but I don’t believe that’s true [in] University the differences in grades simply come down to who has the best study habits The steps I’m going to outline in this video Will actually help with changing any sort of habit, but I’m going to talk [about] everything in the context of school Let’s start by talking a bit about habits in general our habits essentially make us who [we] are so we have to choose them wisely what we do every [day] will ultimately define whom we become That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise [that] someone who studies and invest themselves in science every day will become a good scientist Likewise a good writer will write every day the thing is habits take time and effort to change Studies show [that] we actually have a limited amount of willpower when we make too many choices in a day We actually exhaust our willpower, and this is known as ego depletion For example consider someone who has been resisting the temptation to eat junk food all day as a result. They are diminishing their willpower According to the theory of ego depletion if this person was to tackle a [difficult] problem [they’ll] likely give up faster than someone who was not resisting [that] same temptation all day this idea really highlights the importance of habits Habits are automatic behaviors that we don’t really need to [think] about and because of that we exhaust less willpower in the day Now I’ll outline some simple steps for building good habits the first step is planning We need to carve out time in our schedules and really pinpoint a concrete place for the habit According to a study published in the European [journal] of Social psychology Habits are best implemented alongside cues for example after dinner. I’ll read for 30 minutes or after breakfast I’ll go for a 30 minute walk the basic structure is if x happens I will do y a Common example that most of us already follow is when I wake up. I’ll brush my teeth the study found that the level of automaticity which is how automatic in action feels rose asymptotically as Participants continually perform the action there are two main implications of this This means that the first few days two months of building a habit are the most important During that time you really don’t want to break the chain because even one day makes a huge impact on how automatic a certain action or behavior feels Secondly it also means that the more you perform an action the less willpower will be required to perform it again This means that the more you do an action the easier It is to keep doing it and the harder It [is] to break it This can be [a] good thing if the habits you create are good for us and a bad thing if the habits we create are bad for us It was also shown [that] the amount of time to form a habit Varied for each individual although the median time to form a habit was 66 days Individual times fell between 18 days and 254 days this is because complex habits take longer to Form than simple habits for most participants Missing a day of performing the habit after the first few months did not negatively contribute to forming the habit However, other studies suggested that taking breaks as long as a week maybe something like winter break or spring break do negatively contribute to the formation of a habit I’ve Included the study in the description for those who are interested in reading it the next step is monitoring In order to determine if a habit is changing for the better [or] for the worse You need to have objective measurements that help us gauge our progress We have to quantify the habit for example if we want to lose weight We should be tracking the amount of calories. We eat and the amount of exercise we perform studies have shown [that] [there’s] a significant correlation between Self-monitoring weight loss and exercise frequency I can say from our own personal experience that it doesn’t just stop [at] exercise Once we know the numbers associated with a habit. We can take small steps to improve them in the directions. We want For students who want to have better study habits they may want to consider the pomodoro technique? Which I briefly talked about in my [six] time management tips video Pomodoro’s [helped] quantify the amount of studying a student does day Once you have this information. You can take educated steps to achieving the results you want for example Let’s consider a student who studies for palma doors a day which are each 30 minutes long that means this student studies [2] hours total in a day if The field that they aren’t studying enough and want to build a habit of studying longer they can slowly increase their time They can add one pomodoro or one 30-minute studying block for the first week or month Bringing their total study time to 2 and a half hours. This is a small and manageable change After the first week or month they can add another pomodoro They can repeat this [cycle] until they are studying as long as they feel is a good amount of time in Gretchen Rubens book better than before she dedicates a whole chapter towards monitoring based off her findings She claims that accurate monitoring helps determine whether a habit is worth the time money or energy it consumes I would also add [that] it helped us make educated small and manageable changes to improve our habits The next step is convenience the easier is to do something the more likely we are to do it That’s why it’s important to make any habit that we want to keep as convenient as [possible] in Rubens book she finds out her sister Elizabeth uses Jenny Craig to lose weight when she discussed it with her sister elizabeth said that was convenience that made it easy to stick to the diet if You’re not familiar with Jenny Craig It’s a dieting program in which all the meals are prepackaged for you And all you have to do is warm up the food The reason it’s so successful is because it creates a lot of convenience for dieting The same Rule applies to any other habit. We want to keep in order to make going to the gym easier I pack my workout bag before I go to sleep and leave it by the front door on My way to school the next morning I grab the bag throw it in my back seat, and then hit the gym on the way home from school during stressful times like exams I find it easier to eat healthy when I cook my food in bulk And then store leftovers in the fridge to eat the next day this way I don’t have to worry about cooking every day and can focus on studying here are some quick convenience ideas Want to be more social but busy with school make a study group or join a club on campus Want to study more but distracted by technology like Netflix video games Etc disconnect all the relevant technology and give it to someone [to] hide from you make it more convenient to study and Inconvenient [or] [you] define and set up the technology? Want to read more? But can’t find the time use audiobooks and listen while you’re brushing your teeth or driving to school or work The last step is smart rewarding before reading rubens book I was under the assumption that rewards helped Create strong habits for example I would say something like I’ve been eating healthy all week So I deserve this cheap meal according to Rubens findings and I quote this type [of] reward teaches me that I wouldn’t do a Particular activity for its own sake but [only] to earn the reward Therefore I learned to associate the activity with an imposition a deprivation or a suffering The solution to this is [to] find a reward within the habit itself It would be better for me to say something like I’ve been working out consistently for a year I’m going to spend money on creating my own custom home gym. That’s a pretty expensive reward, but it gets the idea across the Reward reinforces the habit Ideally a home gym would help me work out even [more] another example would be I have an attending class [and] taking good notes So religiously [I’m] going to invest into an iPad or Microsoft surface so I can continue to do that easier again the reward reinforces the Habit and There you have it a simple starter’s guide to creating good habits We start with planning a habit? Followed by monitoring it then making it convenient as possible and lastly rewarding ourselves with something that reinforces the habit Here’s an example of everything put together When I get home from school. I will finish [6] pomodoro’s over the period of two weeks I’ll boost this number to 11 pomodoro’s and stay there consistently to make this habit convenient I’ll clean my desk after every work session and have all necessary materials laid down and ready to go for the following day if I study consistently for a month. I’ll buy a new iPad to streamline my note-taking process or a new app to make me more productive So I got some good news guys I finally got a Facebook page and an instagram page for this Youtube channel on the Facebook page I’m going to post my videos and make them easier to share with your friends on the Instagram page I’m actually gonna make one picture summaries of a video when I upload it That way even if you don’t end up watching my videos for the week you can take something valuable away from the photo So yeah be sure [to] follow me on both of those the links are on the video and in the description Lastly don’t forget to [like] comment and subscribe. Thanks for watching guys, and I’ll see you next time


  1. I’ve been searching for this type of YouTube channel for so long and now I found it. Thanks for creating these types of video. I really love it and support your hardworking.

  2. praying 5 times a day already puts your life in order and helps having a healhy biological clock and like said in video it is easy to make a plan like after the morning prayer that and after the noon prayer that and because of it is according to sun it is most easy to adapt to it

  3. Sometimes i think im studying for 30minutes but its actually 2 hours and i think thats a problem for me . :/
    And i try to sleep 20 minutes EVERYTIME exhausted after studying but i always end up not realizing the alarm going off
    Anyway,this is a really good video.
    I never thought making it into a habit could make things easier

  4. Good ideas 😉 I really liked your video, maybe the music was too sleepy for me but probably i'm just too tired recently 😛

  5. plz can u make a vid about quitting smoking? coz it requires so little willpower to smokers to do it, and its so hard to stop

  6. I hope this will help I am a fresh men in high school and just started and it’s hard thank you for this information!

  7. I was an excellent student until my 17th birthday. I had 3 months summer holiday after finishing my exams at highschool. After those 3 months I lost my good habits, replaced them with bad habbits and failed many classes because of my laziness. My memories of the good years <17 years old managed to get me back on track. Memories are like Windows restore point. Think about the good times and find the good habits within them.

  8. I had a job I hated this summer. It drained so much of my willpower I had nothing left to write and I spent most of my summer eating junk food, watching TV and surfing the web .

    I quit my job and now I have enough willpower to "write." and do homework. Just on YouTube to fill up my tank.

  9. I've decided in may to make my bed every morning. At first, it felt like a chore, but now, I barely care at all and I haven't forgotten to do it one single day. It's not much, but it feels great. 🙂

  10. This Video was simply AMAZING!!!

    The Ego Depletion is what i have been doing for so long and not realizing why I have no motivation to sit down and study after having done everything else.

    Trust me when I say this I've been watching videos on this and related to this topic for years, and THIS videos is all you need, save some Time.

  12. Instead of adding another pomodoro, add 2mins(or whatever amount of small increments) to each current pomodoro that you do per week/month. This way you will increase your focus & studying capacity without the strain of adding another large chunk of time to your routine.

  13. Note the ego depletion theory has come under scrutiny due to bad research methodology used in the studies. More rigorous studies have been unable to prove the existence of ego depletion at all.

  14. What should I do if I have a terribly short attention span due to ADHD? I know the pamodoro technique works great, but I can’t pay attention for 30 minutes, even if I set a reward for myself after that. My attention span can be as short as 20 seconds or as long as 8 minutes depending on the situation.

  15. I’ve been use to not having to study and still getting A’s and B’s but as I’ve been going through my first year of high school I haven’t been able to do that. So thank you for helping me.

  16. This is a great video with lots of useful info. For more, check out this useful book by Mark Gray "Achieve optimal success in your studies"

  17. Just started by MBA degree. Before today I had a gap year after finishing my undergrad. So I needed this as a pick me up because this entire year I lost myself, pure lazy, purely demotivated, purely a pile of crap. I needed this video. (Although I’m down for cheat meals, they actually help)

  18. Great content. For anyone who is interested in the research of ego depletion, recent study also shows that ego depletion depends on what your position to willpower is. Short story: If you have the belief that willpower is a limited resource, it will become one. If you belief, that it is not a limited resource, you will perform much better after the same exercise.
    Study is from Veronika Job, Carol S. Dweck, and Gregory M.Walton from Stanford University named: Ego Depletion—Is It All in Your Head? Implicit Theories About Willpower Affect Self-Regulation

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  20. I need to indulge in good study habits to improve in school .It seems I get distracted easy and loose focus but thanks for the encouraging words. This clip very helpful advice to me.

  21. Great video! I'm doing some retraining on how to study. The two gems I found in this were:
    1) to find a study group based on my goals to be more social (how convenient)
    2) is that the reward should reinforce the habit (I've been doing it all wrong)

  22. Great advices! I’m currently taking some university courses to upgrade my trade/craft certification, and one thing that I must absolutely do is, when I do homework/study is I have to act like I’m going to work; I need to get into the mode (can’t be in sweats), I need to be dressed, and showered like I’m literally going to work. And also, I set up my computer table like it’s an office (with printer, architect lamp, files, etc.).

  23. Honestly, you speak like your either sleepy or hungry. There’s no passionate energy in the way you voice over.

  24. I'm in highscool rn so this really helps. I'm passing all my classes but mostly get Cs and struggle most with maths and really just don't understand most topics. I know I can do better if I really try to but just can't find the motivation but if I want to continue studying law once I finish school. I really need to improve

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