How to Use Temptation Bundling to Change Your Life

by Simplify

There are so many life hacks that claim they will solve all your problems. The problem is, they don’t really work. They aren’t based on human psychology and they don’t help you achieve your dreams. But, temptation bundling is a life hack that is based on research. It can help you achieve your dreams and make your chores melt away.

Do you suffer through chores? Do you procrastinate? It’s normal to avoid tasks you don’t enjoy. But distracting yourself can cause you to miss steps toward achieving your goals and dreams. Temptation bundling can be implemented into almost any task, even the most burdensome. It can literally change your life.

What is temptation bundling? Temptation bundling is pairing the things you need to do with the things you enjoy. Pick an enjoyable thing, and only allow yourself to partake in it while you are getting certain tasks done.

One psychology study on temptation bundling asked a group of participants to only listen to a certain exciting audiobook while at the gym. As a result, that group went to the gym 51% more often than the group that didn’t pair their exercise with the audiobook.

It’s not hard to implement this strategy in your life. You can pair an audiobook with the morning, or with cleaning. You can pair certain snacks with tedious paperwork or your favorite show with exercising.

Writing out a list of chores

In order to integrate temptation bundling, try writing down a list of activities you enjoy (try to be very specific — it needs to be something you can realistically refrain from most of the time) and a list of tasks you avoid. Then, look over the list and pair compatible chores and activities.

Temptation bundling

Temptation bundling can help you achieve your goals and dreams. It can help you take control of your life. Or, at the very least, it can make completing mundane chores more fun and more motivating. What are some things you avoid doing and how can you motivate yourself to get them done? Drop a comment and let us know.

For more life hacks, discover these decluttering tactics for overthinkers or minimalist hacks for people who aren't minimalists.

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  • Barbara Barbara on Feb 11, 2023

    I already use the audio book hack for many tasks. It's hard sometimes because it will skip if I am too active, so I use it when folding clothes, or doing the laundry, ironing, and cooking. I have to push myself to do "unrewarding tasks".