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These kinds of statistics really annoy the heck out of me 'cause I work
with people who tend not to fit those definitions of "normal."  Okay,
especially this one, because I find habits extremely, extremely hard to
form.  Routines R NOT us (and it's a huge part of  why I'm not in the
classroom :-)). 

I also think that our current culture's obsession with cute but invalid
attempted axioms flies directly in the face of attempting to teach
critical thinking. 

I love the idea of keeping track of the habit-forming process and
learning to look for progress even when there are backslides and memory
lapses.  





Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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>>> "McCarthy, Suzanne" <[log in to unmask]> 11/21/2006
1:00 PM >>>
I believe Stephen Covey's book refers to a 32 day plan to form a new
habit.
Suzanne McCarthy 
Director of Learning Support
H & B Smith Learning Center
908.852.1400 X2376
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Centenary College
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Hackettstown, NJ 07840
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Subject: Habit question

For years I've heard the statistic "It take 30 days for an action to
become a habit."  But I've also heard 10 days...2 weeks.  Does anyone
know the "real" statistic and where it came from?  I'm working on a
time
management presentation and would like to include it in the section on
keeping a schedule.  Thank you so much for any help you could provide.
Happy Thanksgiving!  Melanie

Melanie Marine
Lecturer
Reading Study Center
Nursing Ed Room 201
UW Oshkosh
424-1031
www.uwosh.edu/readingstudycenter 

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