Part of my job is to champion continuous improvement. I love that part of my job and even embrace the principles of Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and TOC in my own home. My cupboards are labeled as are the shelves in the basement and the tools in the shop. I have a degree in this stuff. I made my husband a little bit crazy when I drew a spaghetti chart of the laundry room so we can make it more efficient.
I was not so diligent in figuring out the best way to stay on track with a quit. Which is why I had so many false starts and do-overs. If I approached my quit as a professional, and broke down what works for me, I could have been smoke free 5 years ago. Perhaps I was less than committed to quitting then.
Accountability: Let people know you are quitting. It helps me stay clear of smoking because I don’t want to admit if I fail. Letting people know you are quitting can also help develop a support system, but for me; accountability is key
New habits quickly: The quicker I am to adopt new habits, the easier. For example: no smoking in the car, or reading a book during breaks.
The Pledge: Honestly, taking the pledge is the best predictor of a day remaining smoke free. It seems simplistic, but I don’t argue with what works.
Written plan: Not just a plan; a written plan. A written plan that includes taking the pledge, a list of people I will tell that I am quitting, specific ideas for new habits, and, of course, taking the Pledge every day.
Do what works
Keep the quit