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Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Carolyn Angelini Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs
Katherine Gouldin Katherine Gouldin Brand Communications Associate

Everyone has bad habits they’d like to change, good habits they’d like to improve upon and aspirations to adopt habits that will positively impact their lives. It can be daunting to know where to begin and challenging to have the motivation to put them into practice! Carolyn Angelini, the Director of Resource and Supplier Relations here at PS, attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women this past October where James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits,” spoke on this important topic. Here are some of Carolyn’s key takeaways:

  • The Power of Incremental Change – We don’t necessarily need radical improvements, we just need to take the time to commit to what Clear calls the “power of tiny gains”. Incremental, small changes are the key to making lasting transformations. Daily choices compound over time into long-term change. Taking that small first step makes all the difference.
  • Don’t Get in Your Own Way – Usually, we get in the way of our own intention to make changes in our lives. Setting the goal to change is easy, but getting in the right mindset to commit to that change of habit is what takes hard work. It’s critical to not let that little nagging negative voice in your head lead your steps.  
  • Shoot for Identity-Based Habits – Something as simple as the way someone phrases a statement about their identity plays a large role in forming habits. For example, instead of expressing, “I want to write a book,” say, “I am a writer.” Let your behavior lead the way for forming good habits and how you express yourself as a person who is shaped by those habits.
  • The “Two-Minute Rule” – Clear’s insightful “Two-Minute Rule” states that if one does something for two minutes, it will place them in the right direction towards changing a bad habit. We don’t need to change a habit all at once, just start with practicing the different behavior for two minutes, and that will put you on the right path. 

Give some of these tactics a try during this holiday season and into the new year!  We hope these insights are inspiring and helpful to you as you form (and most importantly keep!) your commitment to transformational positive habits.

About the Author

Carolyn Angelini
Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs

Carolyn, PS’ Director of Resource and Postal Affairs, has been serving with PS since 2016. With over 24 years of experience in our industry, Carolyn has a deep knowledge about sourcing and managing supplier relationship across various operational areas and a significant portion of her career has been focused on direct mail, fulfillment and postal topics. Carolyn defines clear expectations and she understands and conveys PS’ mission with authentic communication and care. 

Carolyn is from Randolph, New Jersey and she telecommutes full-time from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her three kids, Crossfit, volunteering in her kids’ Cub Scout Pack and swooning over Mid-Century modern architecture and furnishings.

Katherine Gouldin
Katherine Gouldin Brand Communications Associate

Katherine is PS’ Brand Communications Associate and she has been serving with PS since 2019. Living in Great Falls, Virginia, Katherine loves writing and reading about self-improvement topics, practicing mindfulness meditation, trying international cuisines, and learning about people’s stories. Katherine is passionate about philosophy and spiritual development, she lived in Italy for five months, and she has been skydiving twice and highly recommends it!

Responsible for supporting and executing internal and external communications for PS, Katherine ensures consistent brand messaging and engagement. She supports PS leadership by writing the company Win Report and newsletters, gives a voice to the incredible work being accomplished at PS through blogs, manages social media and supports sales enablement activities. Katherine loves contributing to a mission that has purpose and makes a powerful impact.