In 2017, Nudge Theory has helped the famous economist Richard Thaler win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Richard Thaler becomes one of the very few behavioral economists to receive the discipline’s highest honor for his contributions to behavioral economics especially as a pioneer of "nudges".
So what is Nudge and why it creates huge impacts on many life aspects? Based on Wikipedia, Nudge theory (or nudge) is a concept in behavioral science, political theory, and economics which proposes positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance to influence the motives, incentives and decision making of groups and individuals. The claim is that nudges are at least as effective, if not more effective, than direct instruction, legislation, or enforcement.
In simpler words, human behavior is highly affected or "guided" by what surrounding or accessible to us, understanding this human behavior tendency, it is important to create a "Good Nudge" to place around to encourage better decision and actions. For examples: If you realize you have the tendency of choosing high calories food, instead of fight your desire to resist the foods, make more tasty and healthy food approachable more easily.
In a higher perspective, if you are fighting to avoid a bad habit, instead of fighting the hard way to resist the bad habit, make a replacement habit that attractive to you and easily approachable, this will be much more effective. In short, Nudge helps to create a favorable environment and system that favor to the better decision.
Read this title by the pioneer of Nudges to know about how nudge impacts our life - Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - by Richard Thaler.
With the year 2018 just starting, it is a good point that we start creating and putting some good "Nudges" in our life and surrounding, in order to form good habits and flow. Here we suggested 3 great Nudges to help you start your 2018 well!
To summarize these 3 nudges in the visible forms:
i) Clean surrounding and spirit for a new start,
ii) Great book for mastering goal setting skill,
iii) Single and simple tool to mark and track Goals
To summarize these 3 nudges in solid actions:
i) "Spring Cleaning" for spirit and environment,
ii) Set clear and achievable goals,
iii) Mark and refer daily to clear goals at most reachable place
Early in the year is a very good time to hit the refreshing button. To ensure we have space, energy to work on new goals and tasks, this is the time we can get rid of whatever bad stuff, habits, or energy, and having something new, clean, and positive to start the year.
Cleaning always sounds tiring and boring to some people so they will prefer do it the fastest way by throwing away everything unwanted or simply skip it.
But we could actually treat it as a great ceremony to learn about ourselves while reviewing what, why and how we possess something, and whether we still need them. This triggers the self-review sessions on desires and behavior. Giving away something that we no longer need not only give a second life to the item, creating a more pleasing environment when we surrounding with only important stuff, it also helps to create more mindful thoughts when we possess something.
Spring cleaning is not limited to cleaning of our environment, it could be a ceremony to do "Spiritual Spring Cleaning" as well. This is the time we do the review for the past, understanding, forgiving, improving, and move ahead. We could also utilize the new skill that we had just learned about "Nudge" for learning the new living style that nudges us to live towards our dream lifestyle instead of trying hard to get rid of habits or lifestyles that we don't like.
We have curated some useful topics to help you master the art of spring cleaning for both spiritual and environmental, and picking up the new lifestyles that make you happier. Click here for the list of these titles that will have great impacts on your life.
To have a fruitful year ahead, it is so important to set clear and achievable goals at the beginning of the year.
By the way, although we know how important to have goals set, yet we always procrastinate to set goals or simply left behind whatever goals that we have set when days passed by. Most of the time, this happens due to the lacking of skills to set goals right in the first place. One could easily set his goals based on his current thoughts, feeling or desire, or set it too high that it could only happen if some miracles occur. No wonder those goals fail miserably.
To have a successful goal planning, don't jump into the goal-setting mode in rush, take some time to pick up the correct skills to help you do the right job. To help you with this, we have curated a list of titles that can really help you to look into your desires in life, better align your goals and forms achievable tasks and habits towards the goals. Why not just treat it as your first goal in this year for reading a title on mastering goal setting technique, pick up at least one title to read, then you have your first goal achieved in action! Click here for the list of titles that are powerful for mastering goal planning and goal achieving skills.
Once you have the right skills to set your goals, the next step is to have the right tools to help you mark down your goals and track your progress. There are so many ways to do this job, and this also normally the reason why it is very easy to fail in this job too. Since there are so many options to do planning and tracking: diary, phone apps, calendar, and so on, one easily has too many different tracking systems running at the same time. And they soon get lost track when things get divergent in the different systems. This is another main reason why goal settings fail miserably.
We suggest limiting your tracking at one place, this way can help you to have a clear mind on where and what to refer to when you advance. Select one approach that you are able to bring along with you most of the time. Some people prefer mobile apps, some prefer hard copy write out, either way will do.
If you are someone like us who prefer writing out your mind, here is our suggestion: a clear planner. Why? Because a simple and clear planner can help you create your very custom style of planning yet clear and simple enough for staying focus on the goals. We recommend these plain yet elegant planners to do the best job.