The One Simple Hack to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution
Did you know that 92% of us won’t keep our resolutions?
Yikes, those aren’t good odds!
But what if I told you there was a way to hack the system…
A way to make it much more likely that you will create and stick with a healthy habit?
Would you try it?
This hack is to enlist the principle of temptation bundling.
Temptation bundling is this:
To boost your chance of doing something you need to do (desirable, healthy, good habit), bundle it with something you already do and enjoy.
You’re more likely to do what you need to do if you pair it with something you want to do.
I realize I do this regularly with exercise…Something I know I need to do but can easily put off.
I adore YouTube videos and could easily watch hours of them every day. Don’t ask me how I know this.
Earlier this year, I decided to pair exercise (something I need to do) with watching YouTube videos (something I already do and enjoy).
Several times a week, I will hop on a treadmill, set the incline at 12-15%, and walk at a good clip for 30-45 minutes while watching my favorite Australian and British vloggers.
When I paired these two activities together, I realized five things:
The time I was working out flew by because I was distracted
I wanted to walk for a longer time, because there would be one more video to watch
I look forward to my incline walks
My fitness improved, and I felt great after each incline walk
I’m more motivated to put on my tennis shoes and workout
What good, healthy habit have you tried but failed at?
If you want and need to tone up, perhaps pair exercise with scrolling on social media.
If you want and need to lose weight, perhaps pair cooking healthy meals at home with listening to your favorite podcasts.
If you want and need to get organized, perhaps pair organizing a specific room in the house with listening to a book on Audible.
If you want and need to do chores, perhaps pair folding laundry with watching your favorite show.
This method of temptation bundling is like multitasking, but way more productive and effective!
Action Step: Write down the activity you need to do (desirable habit) with something you already do and love.
Bonus Action Step: Let me know your temptation bundle by replying to this email! I'll share your creative temptation bundle ideas to help others looking for inspiration😊
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