Law 2: Make Good Habits Attractive & Bad Habits Unattractive
One way to ensure desired habits take hold is to make them more tempting and attractive. We can do this using the following two strategies:
- Temptation Bundle! Couple the thing you ‘need’ to do with a thing you ‘want’ to do.
- Join a Community! Humans are social creatures and tend to adopt habits approved of by our “tribe.” One of the most effective things you can do to build better habits is to join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior.
Below are some examples:
Good Habit: I want to bring my lunch to work everyday.
Temptation Bundle: Spend 15 min the night before packing your lunch. Listen to your favorite podcast while you do it!
Bad Habit: I want to stop ordering take-out so frequently.
Temptation Bundle: Put on your favorite TV show in the background while you cook dinner.
Good Habit: I want to train for and run a 10K.
Join a Community: Enroll in an in-person or virtual running club and complete weekly group runs.
Bad Habit: I want to stop snoozing my alarm when I try to wake up early to workout.
Join a Community: Introduce yourself to 3 people at the 7 AM gym class you want to go to. Tell them you’ll be there three days this week so you feel accountable to meet them there.