I’m sure you have been there.
You go out and buy yourself, say a new dress.
Then you realise that none of your old shoes are going to be quite right for that new dress.
So you buy a new pair of shoes.
And then of course with the new shoes, you are going to have to have a new handbag.
Next thing you know – you are having your hair done and your nails painted …
All to match that new dress 😀
How did that happen?
One purchase leads to another purchase in an almost compulsive spiral.
If you have been there, you are not alone.
There is an actual name for this phenomenon.
It’s called the Diderot effect.
When it comes to shopping, the Diderot Effect is not always a good thing –
It can lead to a blown out budget and perhaps a bit of buyers remorse,
But when it comes to creating good habits that you WANT to cultivate,
this tendency to decide what you do next, based on what you have just finished doing
is a tool that you can make WORK for you.
Here’s one example of how I use this.
My morning routine during the week:
- Get up
- Make my bed
- Get dressed in my exercise clothes, without fail.
- (Get the kids ready for school)
- Get out and exercise.
There is no lounging around in my pyjamas, no showering or getting dressed in my ‘day’ clothes.
The exercise clothes always go on.
Why do I do this? –
Because I know once I have got those workout clothes on –
I might as well go ahead and use them, right?
The decision as to whether of not I will exercise is made when I get dressed.
I never have to second guess myself, or um and ah.
I have the right clothes on, so I just do it.
I don’t need to think about it.
It is automatic.
What are some ways that you might use the Diderot Effect to establish some great habits in your life?
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