Years ago when I began coaching the topic of how people change was at the forefront of my mind. People aspire to change but the reality is that default behaviour can be a lot more stubborn to shift than we predict.
I quizzed my aerospace friend about how she overcame this tricky problem – how do you get people to adopt a new way of doing something – and she had the most brilliant and simple piece of advice.
Make it harder to do it any other way.
We like the easiest route, the path with least friction. The trick here is to plan ahead, to prepare ahead. It can be argued that will-power or self-control is more about careful preparation to make the desired behaviour easier when you get to it.
This is a juicy design challenge for the Day Crafter. If you’re wanting to adopt a new habit or stop a harmful one, how might you design and craft the day so that the behaviour you want is the default; the choice that it is easier to take. Your ideas can make a good experiment.