Infographics! (Or, a flowchart for changing a habit)

by Charles Duhigg in Habits, Uncategorized

At long last, I have flowcharts!

Have you ever been sitting at work, wondering to yourself, “is there a flowchart that can tell me how to change a habit?”

Now there is! Please feel free to download, email, post on your wall, send to friends or make paper airplanes out of this handy guide to changing a habit.

Click here to download! (Right click on link to save to your desktop.)

Coming soon: a flowchart for creating a habit.

Instructions on changing a habit

55 Responses to “Infographics! (Or, a flowchart for changing a habit)”

  1. Janar Eit says:

    Great infograph Charles! Must test it out with one of my habbits:)

  2. Tracy Morrison says:

    I just finished the book and am going to try the flowchart to change a pesky habit. If it works, I’m going to try is at the hospital to improve our infection rate. I wish I could download a copy that I could just fill in (oh yeah, a lazy habit of mine).

  3. Anne says:

    Very useful and I thank you for giving us another tool. I love this book and it’s changed my thinking about so many things.

  4. Sanjay says:

    Halfway through the book (audio version) and I have already made changes to my exercise regimen and spent more time with my son using the cue. routine, reward routine! And the info in the book is weel researched and disilled nicely in this flowchart.. a must for any motivated addict or procrastinator who feels an inner need to change!!
    Thanks Charles!!

  5. Cool! Visual is always great. Here is a blog I just wrote called “The Winning Habit” – I hope you like it…

  6. Christopher Tan says:

    Brilliant! Thanks

  7. Joe Brown says:

    I’d rename this the JUICE & COOKIES PLAN. It is a starting point. This diagram is like getting on an airplane and discovering the emergency instructions in the seat pocket consist of smiley faces. The charming self-deprecating cookie anecdote—like the “Aw Shucks” About the Author at the end of the book ignores your background and success. You are Harvard and Yale educated. You work for the Times. You were shortlisted for a Pulitzer. You are the 1% in which your life struggles consist of cookies and growing a full beard.

    What most of us are after is the MERE HUMAN PLAN. The Mere Human Plan differs because it attacks keystone habits and addresses failure:

    1. ATTACK ONE HABIT, A KEYSTONE HABIT. Exercise. Or Safety, in the case of Alcoa, which influence all other habits.

    2. INFLECTION POINT. Better named Stress Point. Where the cycle is most likely to collapse and must be strengthened.

    3. RECOVERY ROUTINE. It ignores the tools for recovery: Belief that change is feasible, which is bolstered by group membership.

    And the plan should begin not with CUE but with CRAVING (“craving powers the habit loop” 33).
    And finally, inexplicably, the annoying little circle diagram is there again. I think a better solution would have been to put the 1, 2, 3 in a circle, rather than, at this final stage, reducing it to a linear–and out of order–progression. And the circle should narrow at the Inflection Point, where arrows (Belief, Groups) reinforce the routine.

    (And this should be in a PDF that will print at 8 1/2 x 11 without reformatting.)

    • v says:

      Dear Joe Brown
      you’re a bit of a jerk
      you sound jealous that you didnt think of it first.

      creepy and critical note you left for a guy trying to make a difference in others lives

  8. Sam says:

    Great flowchart! Makes it very easy to explain the basic ideas to friends who are interested in this stuff!

    Looking very much forward to your take on how to create habits! Will that flowchart be published anytime soon?

  9. Marilyn says:

    I have just started reading The Power of Habits, and am both fascinated and excited by the power of this concept. Thank you for the graphic!

  10. fred duenas says:

    I got the tip of your book from the CNN Sunday morning show with Fareed Zakaria. Just started reading it. I interested in changing bad habits for myself and for those I supervise. Thanks for a very timely written book. I also like the flow chart. I’ll let you know how it comes along.

  11. mike says:

    The flowchart seems to have a cortically-mediated cognitive-behavioral leaning. Many habits containing a marked neuro-physiological component would need more than what is (at least overtly) expressed in the flowchart.

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  13. Kate says:

    This graphic in front of one’s face may help one to focus on positive changes. Looking forward to new graphic about creating new habits. Put them together and…one can hope it works.

  14. Consulting in stress relief and tai chi, I’ve seen how cravings, apathy, low self-esteem and stress disappear with a new activity. Doing anything other than our standard habit and not allowing time to lapse so that we get sucked into our regular behavior are key.

    Doing a movement activity works often because it produces a new set of chemical reactions which suppresses or lessens the “crave” hormones and may increase the pleasure neurotransmitters.

    The infographic portrays this simplicity. It is brilliant.

    Nice job!

  15. sid tabak says:

    Charles, I love your book. I listened to it during my daily exercise walks. It all seems so simple and obvious but yet requires soul searching and work. Thank you very much for your insights and thoughts.You have made a difference. Great stories! Sid

  16. Nina says:

    I did not read The book, yet, but your e mail worked very well: I’m curious and interested on it. I live in Brazil and I couldn’t find it in the apple store as an e-book and I m looking the paper one.

  17. I quite like looking through a post that will make people think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  18. Virginia says:

    There must be some way to work this plan in reverse. I’m interested in developing some good habits in order to achieve a few goals. Anyone want to try to rework this diagram to help people form positive habits?

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  23. Diana says:

    What a fabulous book! I thought it would be boring, but I couldn’t resist reading it….just in case it might work a miracle for me. Amazingly, it kept my avid interest and it contained not only interesting stories and background, but little miracles all the way through. Thank you!!!

  24. Teicko Huber says:

    Amazing book and well done. I’m asking all the sales people I know to read it so they can better serve their clients. It’s also a great book for sales people to establish better habits. I look forward to your future flow charts.

  25. James says:

    Nice infographic, but why the heck did you choose JPEG file format? JPEG is for photographs. For drawings you should favor PNG. In this particular case, I think it would make the most sense to make it available as a PDF.

  26. Flow chart says:

    What program did you use to make this? Looks pretty good.

  27. Areeb says:

    Re: “Coming soon: a flowchart for creating a habit.”

    For anyone looking for this (reposting from David’s comment in Charles’s subsequent blog post) :

    The flow chart for creating a new habit is already on the site. If you click on the Resources and Teaching Guide link you will find it at the bottom of the page. Here is the direct link to the chart:

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