You may think that you control most of your choices, but the truth is that a large portion of your actions every day are simply a response to the environment design around you. The forms you are mailed, the food on your kitchen counter, the items on your desk at work — they all impact your behavior in one way or another.
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Most of the time we assume that to take a certain action, we need to have an incentive. You hear people say this all the time: “I need to get motivated.” or “I need to have a good reason for doing X.”
Environment design paints a different picture. It proves that our choices and preferences ...
How is your environment design impacting your choices? And what will you do to improve it?
Reduce mindless eating. I don’t know about you, but if I see a cookie sitting on the kitchen counter, then I’m going to eat it. I don’t even need to be hungry. It’s just there, so I respond. I’m simply reacting to my environment. Make life easier on yourself by removing unhealthy...
Your environment is the “default option to which you are assigned.” The environment you surround yourself with determines the default actions that you take on a day–to–day basis.
Here’s an easy way to apply environment design to your own life: think about your environment in relation to the number of steps it takes to perform a habit.
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As leaders, people are watching you all the time whether you realize it or not. So, pause and consider how you are showing up in both your words and your actions.
When you become aware of your impact, you can control it and steer it in the right direction.
Immediate-return environment: your actions instantly deliver clear and immediate outcomes.
Delayed Return Environment: the choices you make today will not benefit you immediately. If you save money now, you'll have enough for retirement later.
In habit speak, don’t underestimate the power of everything around you to act as a trigger.
A better option than relying purely on willpower is to consciously design your environment to remove the temptations that regularly get in the way of what you’re trying to do.
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