My takeaways from this method:
- It worked. It made me quit smoking and haven’t smoked since.
- I found it easy to start. When you start the method there’s still years of happy smoking ahead.
- It is kind of fun. It becomes a thing. It is something that I did. Others will take interest and will be amused.
- The fact that it takes so long also becomes a strength. After a year through of keeping track and doing this method, it starts feels like a waste to quit. There’s a strong sense of “I can’t quite now or it will all have been for nothing”.
- While waiting for another minute was easy, it was be several minutes before that I already started counting down and craving. The actual hard period is longer than a minute. In my case about half an hour or so.
- But get this: while I was fighting my way through this craving period, I had forgotten about my typical smoking moments before that period. The craving period shifts with the first cigarette and remains constant in length. The period before that, in which I no longer thought about smoking at all, gets longer and longer.
- I really feel that, compared to more abrupt methods for stopping smoking, this one slowly but thoroughly roots out smoking routines and rituals. You really annihilate them minute by minute. In cold-turkey style ways you learn to resist your habits, but you never dismantle them like this method does.
- I have never broken rule #1. I would have thought that in some instances I would have gotten slightly ‘creative’ about it – you know, like smokers do so well - but this hasn’t happened. I am not sure if this was my own discipline and determination at work, or whether it is an logical effect of the method. If there is only one rule to break, breaking it is harder.
- The prospect of being allowed to compensate after the minute is comforting, even if you don’t actually will.
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