Nudges to Shape Behavior

Note to my future self…

Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about ways in which I can set stronger queues in my environment to help me remember and get conditioned on a specific behavior. For example, I want to have stronger queues to eat healthy and avoid food that’s bad for me. I also want to have stronger queues for practicing mindfulness. Finally, I want to have stronger queues for remembering my top-line goals.

In any case, I want to use this post as a way to brainstorm out loud certain ideas for how I can go about this. So far I’ve this is what I’ve:

  1. Elevators: every time you take an elevator take a second to ask yourself a question. In my case I might use this one to practice a short mindfulness exercise.
  2. Post-Its: I am writing post-its and sticking them to the wall right above my desk. I sit on this desk every day to meditate, write and go over my goals so I am constantly exposed to this.
  3. Notifications: Phone notifications might get a bad rep (with good reason) but I think that there must be a good tool to send yourself customized notifications that nudge you towards certain behaviors that you want to consolidate.

That’s it for now. I will incorporate these different tactics and report back on how it goes(:

Now back to work…