My name is Shira and I am the head of the Community team at Yerdle. I come from a long line of pack rats, and I view my frequent posting of items on Yerdle a therapeutic form of liberation. I’ve been thinking about how easy or hard it is for people to reduce and reuse. Can we scale the Yerdle Cure of shedding to the mass market? What are the right ways to make Yerdling habitual?
Using the beginning of the year to evaluate my own propensity for hoarding and shedding, I stumbled upon an article in The New York Times about common myths about how we change our habits.
Here are the common myths about changing or starting habits.
- Myth 1: We fail to change our habits--or start good new ones-- because we lack willpower.
- Myth 2: We fall back on bad habits when we are stressed.
- Myth 3: It takes about 21 days to break or make a habit.
- Myth 4: You need positive thinking to break or make a habit.
- Myth 5: Doing things by rote, or habit, isn’t good in most cases. Its better to be mindful of everything we do.
- Myth 6: Everything in moderation.
- Myth 7: Shame and guilt keep you on track.
The thing is, true change is possible and it isn’t that difficult. In my short six months working at Yerdle, I re-thought my consumption patterns and reduced just by being more aware. I also cleared out a boatload of inventory from my house--joyfully and with great relief! Seriously: thank goodness for Yerdle! It is Pack Rats Anonymous!
Which one of these myths are holding you back from Yerdling all your dead weight today? Which ones will help make Yerdle habit-forming? Or make this habit Yerdle-forming?
To read the full article from The New York Times, click here.