The Minimalist Guide to Hacking Your Habits

Sometimes you think you’re driving the elephant, but really the elephant is driving you.

And everything that you’ve heard about willpower, about success—it might all be wrong.

While studying social psychology at Stanford, I found myself unable to finish a particular project on time. My project, ironically, involved procrastination.

So I delved deeply into the literature and discovered that what we think we know about fear, goal setting and willpower is backwards.

We don’t need to use willpower. Instead, we need to build systems that force ourselves to succeed—without any possibility of failure.

I’ve prepared a seriously substantial gift. You’re going to get a collection of my best resources to fighting fears and building successful habits. Just enter in your email address below to get the first gift, The Minimalists Guide to Hacking Your Habits.


The guide will show you how to

  • Hack Accountability, Monetary Punishment, and Solution-based Psychology to help you finally make that change—be it quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising, learning a language, or whatever goal you have.
  • Offer you a worksheet and a step-by-step process to understand WHY you do what you do—and how to shape your behavior through contextual and environmental changes.

Sign up below:

You’ll also receive updates to the Hack the System newsletter, where you’ll learn the secrets of life hacking — How to earn free plane tickets, how to lose 28 lbs in a month, how to network with celebrities—and much more.

Who am I? I’m Maneesh Sethi—24 years old, Stanford educated—who’s been traveling to exotic locations for over four years. Since 2007, I’ve:

  • Lived in and learned the languages of Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, and India.
  • Founded an NGO in India that raised $5000 to build a library and computer lab for a poor village in India. (
  • Had a sandwich named after me in Florence,Italy.
  • Built a completely passive business, outsourced with several virtual assistants, that runs on fewer than four hours of work per week.


Xe April 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

I also only got something about travelling…


Sean Golden April 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

No hacking habits guide either. Seems like you need to fix something. Just got the having the system guide about traveling.


John Brownhts April 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm

When I signed up to get Minimalist Guide to Hacking Your Habits, that’s not what I got a link to. Can I get the right John link?


Lisa April 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

I find your site fascinating, would love a copy of the hack your habits book. Thanks!


Michael Lorenz April 5, 2013 at 7:43 am

Curious to see what you’ve found!


Curt April 5, 2013 at 5:09 am

looking forward to regular posts too…
(Aside: It isn’t immediately obvious WHERE one is supposed to “sign up” for the various guides, etc. I’m guessing it’s here, because there is no other place or link.)


kathy April 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Same here – I got the travel guide but not the hacking habits one.


Nancy March 31, 2013 at 2:52 am



Oz March 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

Thank you!!


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Christina March 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I got the travel hacking guide instead of the hacking habits guide. It seems other people have had the same problem. Please send me the link


Kathy Zuckerman March 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I got the section about free airline tickets but not an ebook. What’s next?


maneesh March 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

weird you didn’t get it. emailed


Carlos March 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I didn’t get the hacking habits guide but the travel hacking guide. Any way that I can get the correct download?


Sharon Carey March 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

Looking forward the the newsletter.


Lynnette March 28, 2013 at 5:36 am

What’s in the sandwich?


maneesh March 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

Il Panino Maneesh, in Florence Italy (at Pinos, Salumeria Verde on Via Verde). It has sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto crudo, mozzarella di buffalo, salsa picante, all on foccaicia bread.


Bshane March 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

The “Hacking Your Habits” newsletter sounds wonderful. I’m tempted to subscribe but first wanted to ask what might happen to the information I submit. Is it possible my name and email address will be sold or traded? What sorts of email might I receive, in addition to the newsletter? Thanks.


maneesh March 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

won’t be sold or traded.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

You will receive a weekly newsletter and info about posts i’ve written on my blog.


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Grouchomarc March 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

Your belief system helps to fill in some gaps in what I believed to be working in my life.I am a person of self-motivation.You have reminded me of things that do work yet I have neglected or forgotten them.It is good to know I don’t have to do it all myself.By allowing others into my life,I in turn am returning that energy into theirs.Peace.


G-PSY March 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

Writing a too long thesis ^^

Looking forward to the constructive procrastination or reading up 🙂



salvador machuca ruiz March 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

me gustaria conocer mas sobre las maneras de simplificar mi vida y mi trabajo


SteveB March 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

Loved your column on making habits impossible to fail. I want the minimalist guide to hacking your habits. Got a lot of bad ones to change and good ones to set up.


Marge March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am

Looking forward to “Hack the System”. Thanks


Annie March 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Thanks! I’ll give it a try!


Neish Carroll March 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks! Looking forward to trying this.


John K March 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Looking forward to reading it


sanghvi March 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

lets hack it together then!


Jonathan Stitt March 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Thank you!


Erma Kelso March 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Here is something hanging on my bulletion board and I read it often.

Unless one is commited, there is hesitancy
The chance to draw back-always ineffectiveness
This is an elementary truth:
The moment that one definitely commits oneself,
The Providence moes too.
All sorts of things occcur to help one that would never
Othewise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issue from the decision
Raising in one’s favor all manner ofnts
Unforseen incidents and material assistance whi
No man could have dreamed would have come his way.

I think this is exactly what you are saying and wish I could afford your newsletter but don’t think I can.


maneesh March 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

my newsletter is free….


Martin March 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm



Janice March 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Didn’t get what I asked for, the Minimalist guide to Hacking Your Habits.


maneesh March 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

did you receive it now? I resent it out…


Art M. March 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I got the newsletter with ideas about airline miles and Regus office space but never got the ebook about habits. Where do I get it? Can you send it to me? Thanks, Art


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Christie March 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Is this where I sign up?


william March 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

Can’t sign up for ‘minimalist guide to hacking your habits’ / email list. I’ve had this problem with aweber before. If something goes wrong and you don’t get the activation email (I know all about spam folders, etc. blah), aweber does not allow you to try again (as your web page suggests).


ejuice March 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

hi!,I like your writing so so much! share we be in contact extra
approximately your article on AOL? I need a specialist on this
house to unravel my problem. May be that is you!

Having a look forward to see you.


Gilly Burke January 17, 2013 at 5:22 am

Thank You


Anton December 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Ooh, looks promising. Let’s see what it’s about ^^


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