Sameer

Co-Organizer

Location:

New York, NY
Hometown: Tudor City

Member since:

October 17, 2012

We are highly selective with admitting new members (~20% admit rate), so fully completed profile questions will get priority. What is your full name and LinkedIn profile URL?

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What is the nature of your interest in designing experiences for personal habit development?

I have been intensely interested in behavioral change for about a year now, after doing a 6 week personal growth challenge which taught me a lot about how to hack my behavior. Since then, I've been reading voraciously on personal behavioral change and experimenting with a variety of techniques for creating the life I want to live. I want to keep getting better and better at hacking habits, share and learn with likeminded habit hackers, and someday, apply the knowledge I've gained on a broader scale (whether by blogging or some other medium of impacting others).

Can you share a 5-minute personal story about your a successful habit development experience? If so, please give us just a quick synopsis!

Yes. I did a 6-week personal growth challenge over the course of which I developed the habits of meditating regularly, substantially limiting my time surfing the web (which apparently didn't work perfectly...), eating red meat no more than 3x a week, and calling my grandparents twice a month. I discovered a number of tools which help me develop and sustain behavioral change: clear rules, clear motivation for change, regular reminders and tracking, accountability to another person, and, if necessary, consequences (e.g., a 2 minute cold shower). Now, if I want to work on a new habit, I simply mention it to my "accountability partner" (whom I check in with on a weekly basis), commit to whatever action I want to take, and set a reminder for myself at the appropriate interval. If I find that I'm having trouble sticking to it, I throw in a consequence.

Which (if any) relevant guest speaker(s) could you contact to speak at a future meetup with whom you already have a personal relationship?

None at the moment, sorry!

Which specific host locations (if any) could you contact to host/sponsor a future meetup?

Potentially the meeting space at PwC (300 Madison at 42nd)

Introduction

I'm a healthcare strategist with a strong personal interest in habit design in addition to my professional focus on mobile health.


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