Surveying 2,000 years of self-change techniques, US International University professor Robert Epstein found three favorites that have been recommended through the centuries -- the three M's:
Modify Your Environment
Example: Want to spend more time sending thank-you notes? Put some on your desk and more by your TV.
Example: Want to learn that software? Daily, tell a friend whether you spent enough time on the program that day.
Monitor Your Behavior
Example: Want to stop saying "um"? Carry a golf-stroke counter. Each time you catch yourself saying "um," click the counter.
What You Could Do Today?
Think about one thing you'd like to change about yourself and which one of the three M's would most help you make that change. Then, use it!