Want to Change Your Habits? Change Your Environment

While motivation plays a major role in personal success, our environmental circumstances have the power to make or break even the strongest of intentions. If you want to lose weight, become more productive, exercise more, reduce stress or live a healthier and happier life, it’s not all about commitment and willpower. You need to address your environment.

If your environment isn’t serving to make your life easier, healthier, less stressful and more successful, you need to change it. You are worthy and capable of achieving anything, but your environment needs to reflect what you desire to achieve. Here are some small (but significant) changes you can make in the places you live and work to ensure that a new habit sticks.

Do some (re)arranging

Start small. Clean your desk. Organize important files. Get the junk food off the kitchen counter. Keep a pitcher of water by your bed for morning hydration. Do everything you can to make your current environment clean and organized in order to reduce the subconscious stress that disorder tends to cause. In essence, start your journey towards self-improvement with a clean environmental slate.

Make your new habit absurdly easy

If you are trying to eat healthier, but you share a kitchen with a junk food junkie, your environment is setting you up for failure. While you may not be able to move out or change their habits, you can buy a mini fridge for your room or office and stack it with health options like carrots, apples, berries, hummus, arugula and smoothie ingredients so that healthy snacks are always on hand. Productivity an issue? Place your phone in a locked drawer while you are working if you tend to waste a lot of time on apps, texting and social media. Want to get fitter? Perhaps jumping on the elliptical in the basement doesn’t appeal to you after a long day of work, so moving it to a more convenient location would encourage you to exercise more. Do everything you can to ensure your own success within your environment by making it nearly impossible to fail. If success is convenient, cultivating great new habits becomes incredibly easy.

Feng shui works

Perhaps you just don’t feel productive in your office. Or perhaps you feel subtly stressed when you wake up in your messy bedroom. Feng shui helps you to identify points of stress in your environment—and then change them. A stressful environment of any type can drain your energy. If your energy is drained, you can forget about trying to keep new habits. Instead, try changing the sounds of your morning alarm to something more soothing. Add more plants into your office to invigorate the energy. Rearrange stale furniture arrangements.  Go to your local library and take out a book in feng shui. The more you learn about feng shui, the more fascinating and useful it becomes.

Don’t just assume that you need to make a big move in order to become the person you want to be. A new job, a new house, moving to the other side of the country won’t change who you are at your core. Yes, if you are living in a toxic environment that is actively hurting or hindering you, it’s time to pack up and move on. But, if you just feel unproductive, unfit or overwhelmed, the grass won’t get any greener. Our habits and tendencies follow us no matter where we go. Start small and start local.

Those who stick to their habits and experience success after success only do so because they have the environment on their side, not in spite of it. Take a look at your home design, office tendencies, driving routes, bedroom ambiance and whatever else. See if they are truly serving you and making you the best version of yourself you can be. Our habits absolutely are a product of our environments. If you are continually failing at your goals, stop flogging yourself and make sure you environment reflects and represents what you desire to achieve.

Do you have a habit you’d like to adopt? What aspects of your environment are getting in your way, and how can you change them? Feel free to share with the community below!

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Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill6 months ago


Stephanie s
Stephanie s6 months ago

Thanks fr the advice.

Stephanie s
Stephanie s6 months ago

Thanks for the advice.

Ellie M
Ellie M7 months ago


William C
William C7 months ago

Thanks for the tips.

W. C
W. C7 months ago

Thank you.

Sophie M
Sophie L7 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Jan S
Jan S7 months ago

thanks for this

Stephanie s
Stephanie s7 months ago

Thank you