I thought I found a shortcut.
In my recent failure as a landscaper at my house, I thought I could just cover up the grass instead of removing it. It’s called a ‘kill mulch’ and the the idea is that if you cut the grass off from light it will die without the use of herbicides and without removing it.
For the first week this worked great. After that my brown mulch was flecked with little bits of green. After that I had straight up grass growing in my mulch bed. There are no shortcuts in eradicating weeds.
It seems to be the same with bad habits.
You can cover them up. You can try to trick them. One day you’re still gonna end up with your hands in the dirt, turning the soil and pulling them up by the roots.