Build Better Habits By Having Someone Else Dole Out Your Rewards
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
If you know that a trusted friend controls rewards and punishments, you’ll be even more motivated to make sure you stay on task.
A good way to build a habit is to give yourself a specific reward when you stick to your habits. A better way is to have someone else control those rewards. Because, let’s face it, you can’t be trusted with them.
As tips blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree points out, it’s good idea to set up a reward system to build new habits. The problem is, it’s easy to cheat when you’re in control of your own rewards. You say “I can only have a burger if I’ve exercised three times this week,” but then you forget to exercise and give yourself a burger anyway. So, what was the point? If you have that struggle, try entrusting the rewards to someone else.