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My experience of buying glasses online: Must read if it is your first time!

Online shopping has become the order of the day and now you can get almost everything online. From the uprising companies to well known brands, everyone provides products to people on the internet so that they can shop from the comfort of their home. And for the lazy lads like I am, it is one great opportunity to get whatever you want and all you need to do is scroll through a few sites and pick the product you want to buy. However, it is not as simple as it seems and I only figured it out when I decided to purchase my spectacles. Here is my experience of buying glasses online.

Stage one: Finding about style and products

I sat down and started browsing the internet for my glasses. As soon as I typed ‘buy glasses online’ a number of websites popped up in front of me. So, going through all of them took some time and what was more confusing was the fact that there were various styles. I am not a fashion geek so I had to figure out which one will work best for me and for that again I did some Google research. Soon, I knew what I wanted and I was looking for relevant products.

Stage two: Shortlisting

From these websites, I was able to find ton of products that would match my style or look great to my eyes. So, I decided to shortlist them for comparison. What I did here was that I put up few STRICT checks for every product and anyone that failed to get all boxes checked would be left out. At the end, I was left with only a handful of glasses and now the hard task began (picking only the one that is best).

Stage three: Comparing

From my shortlist, I started comparing the products. I took a glance at their manufacturers, the quality, their prices, value in the market, and what other people were saying about the product (customer reviews). At the end, I was left with two glasses and I was not sure which one to select and which one I must leave. However, with a heavy heart, I decided to go with the one that my mom recommended (as I loved both so it was rather about which one I should leave than which one I must acquire).

Stage four: Pre purchase precautionary measures

Once done with the selection, I went on for the pre purchase precautionary measures that many individuals miss. These include checking for warranty, taking a look at return policy and see if I can get any guarantee about the quality of material, and checking the authenticity of the website.

Stage five: Purchase and delivery

Finally, I added the product to my cart and proceeded to checkout where I filled my necessary details. The amount was deducted from my account and it took a few days before the parcel arrived. Glad that the quality was up to the mark and it worth the money that I spent.

How long does it take to change behavior? Learning the theory behind it

Change Habits

If you are a victim of few bad habits and have developed it for a long time, chances that you would have been searching the internet for a while to seek help. People who look up for such stuff often come across the 21 day rule or 1 month general formula which is about breaking old habits and forming new ones. However, things aren’t as simple as they would tell you. So, how long does it take to change behavior? Studies suggest that an individual can take anywhere between 18 to 254 days to break or form a habit. Why there is so much variation in time? You will get to know after you dive into the theory.

The kind of habit

First of all, it depends on the kind of habit you are trying to establish or leave. For instance, you might be among individuals who love sugary food or may have been eating junk twice a day for a few years now before you decide to leave it because it is harming your health. Turning from it to veggies will take some time and effort as compared to lowering it to one time a day and then from there to once a week and so on. If you go on leaving it completely, you might be able to keep up with it only for a few days, and soon you may be back on your routine. However, taking baby steps will help you to stick to it, and you will see progress quickly which will motivate you to stay up for more.

The payoff of bad habits

The next thing is what kind of payoff you get from your bad habit. One thing that only a few people will tell you is the fact that bad habits also give you pleasure or benefit. It might be only for a little while, but the payoff is far quicker than most of the good habits. Therefore, you find it interesting and amusing and at the same time you are encouraged to keep doing it. Thus, you need to figure out the payoff and either cut it completely or replace it with something better which will help you in leaving this habit. It is why many people say that formation of new habits is the best way to leave bad old habits.

How automatic and often it is

Another reason why the answer to how long it takes to change behavior is so diverse is this fact. Habit is generally a three-step process where it is about trigger, action, and response. You get triggered in a certain way to perform a particular action which provides you a pleasing response. So, in order to remove the habit, you need to deal with the trigger, and it is only possible if you know about the environment/place/location or whatever it is that triggers your action. If you are aware about the particular circumstances in which you perform an action, it will be pretty easy for you to leave than trying to break a bad habit that takes place unconsciously.