Katy Milkman, author of How To Change, explains that your desired habits need to be enjoyable while you do them. For most people, the gratification of getting closer to our goals isn’t good enough. So, if you’re not enjoying the task on its own enough, temptation bundling will become your best friend.
Temptation Bundling: Pairing something you enjoy with something you don’t enjoy as much.
Something that I don’t particularly enjoy: Running on the treadmill. Something that I do enjoy: Bingeing Grey’s Anatomy. Temptation bundling: Watching Grey’s Anatomy only when I run. The key is to only let yourself indulge in this enjoyable activity when you’re doing the unenjoyable one. This way, you’ll start to crave the habit. You’ll start to crave cardio because it means some quality McDreamy time. Other examples: only listen to your favorite podcast when you fold laundry or do the dishes; only order from your favorite restaurant when you finally decide to clean out your inbox.
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Key Takeaway: Choose something you love to do. Choose something you don’t love to do. Bundle them. Now, you’ll start to crave the dreaded activity.