The Nudge Theory is the concept that, through positive reinforcement and gentle suggestions, can tempt you to change your habits. Instead of restricting your behavior, limit your exposure to bad influences or temptations and expose yourself to positive influences. Basically, you're deluding your mind into doing something that you might not otherwise have done.
For example, if you put a small basketball hoop over your wastebasket, you may be able to recycle more. You may be focusing more on shooting and shooting than throwing plastic away. Your friends and family may also want to join.
Whether you want to save money or lose weight, prepare yourself for success with these nine practices of nudge theory. Read on to find out why and how these examples of nudge theory work, or read our infographic for a quick overview.
Sometimes you need an extra boost to achieve your biggest goals. You may not want to put any extra money in your savings or contribute consistently to your 401K, but instead opt for instant gratification. However, hacking your mindset without thinking about it may be easier than you think. Read on for our nine best ways to hack your habits.
1. Use smaller plates and bowls to reduce waste
Reduce your food waste and food bill by throwing away large dishes. Instead of spending your budget on unnecessary groceries, just exchange your dishes. Opt for a smaller plate or bowl to eat only what you need. If you're still hungry, you can give out another serving. You may save a little more on your next grocery shopping and get a better idea of how much food you are actually eating.
2. Turn recycling into a game and earn extra money
Recycling can help eliminate waste and reduce water pollution. To encourage you and your loved ones to recycle more, turn it into a game. Go online and print a full-page picture of a basketball net. Then stick it directly over your trash. Shoot every time you need to recycle something and check if you score. Return your plastics to your local recycling facility for cash.
3. Take the stairs to burn calories and save membership
It can be difficult for many to get into the daily steps. Skip the elevator or take short breaks to get your body moving by climbing a few stairs. To motivate yourself at home, place sticky notes on each staircase that show the number of calories you burn with each step. For example, you burn 0.17 calories per staircase or half a calorie for every set of ten.
4. Add motivational tips to your mirror to stay focused
It is possible that the most famous and successful people feel like cheaters. If you are confident in what you are doing, you are unlikely to be interviewed. Stick your favorite motivational quotes on your mirror to strengthen your trust. If you frequently motivate yourself, you may be more inclined to ask for a raise or earn your dream job.
5. Create a competitive environment to exceed your goals
A friendly competition can benefit your budget. Enforce a healthy, competitive work and personal life. Instead of saving a few hundred additional dollars a month, start a challenge without spending against your loved ones. Not only can you save more, your loved ones can also work towards their financial goals.
6. Plan the time to complete unwanted tasks
Schedule tedious tasks that you know you don't want to do. This can include exercising or shopping instead of eating out. Block an hour of your time on your calendar for a workout every day or a few hours a week to run to business. Set up calendar reminders for 10 minutes before your task to mentally prepare yourself. That way you know when to get ready and run.
7. Practice gratitude every morning to spend less
If you are thankful for what you have, you mostly don't want to buy anymore. Sit down every morning and write down five things you are thankful for. This can be your morning coffee, your workplace, or your favorite free apps. You may not want a brand new car or fancy computer because you are grateful for what you already have.
8. Set up automatic withdrawals so that no payment is missed
Simplify budgeting by setting up automatic payments for each invoice. Not only can this help you stay responsible for your finances, you can also avoid late fees. Most online payment services offer an option for automatic payments. Use our app to check your monthly budget and track your transactions.
9. Use an app to curb spending habits
Sometimes many of us give up our cards and close our eyes. Since you don't physically hand over money, you may not think about how much you spend regularly. You may be at a loss with your credit card balance at the end of the month. Use our app to keep an eye on your purchases and better keep an eye on your money. Not only can you track your expenses, you can also set up notifications for upcoming invoices and excessive expenses. You may find that you are spending too much on areas that you had no idea were a financial burden.
Now is the time to put the nudge theory into practice. As soon as you have created tips for implementing positive measures, you are better equipped to achieve your goals. Now is the time to put them into practice and achieve your greatest goals.
swell: Behavioral Science & Policy Association