set in ways

set in (one's) ways

Inflexible; unwilling to change. Grandma will never retire—she's been a teacher for 50 years and is totally set in her ways. You'll never convince him to change, he's too set in his ways now.
See also: set, way

set in one's ways

leading a fixed lifestyle; living according to one's own established patterns. At her age, she's getting sort of set in her ways. If you weren't so set in your ways, you'd be able to understand young people better.
See also: set, way