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    James Clear | 1/27/14 | 5 min
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    • Florian4 weeks ago

      I completely agree with this and it also applies to having apps available on your phone’s Home Screen

    • bartadamley
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      1 month ago

      Great piece on detailing how the ways in which our environments shape our behaviors. Choice architecture is critical to when it comes to designing our lives.. and the goals we hope to achieve. As for example: we could plan on going to the gym in the morning, but what clothes do we throw on initially after we shower? Not your everyday clothing, but instead your gym clothes.. to ensure you cannot back out. It may even be helpful to wear your gym shoes around the house.

      In this way, the most common form of change is not internal, but external: we are changed by the world around us. Every habit is context dependent.

      Be the designer of your world, and not merely the consumer of it.

      This not only applies to our lives offline, but I also vastly believe it applies to our lives online. It is interesting because typically in the morning, the first two things I attend to online are Readup & Roam Research.. these are slower environments, where really the speed is determined by the user which I love. Therefore, once I go onto Twitter, to send out some morning tweets I can recognize the continual ever-changing nature of this.. to realize I have no control over the environment.

      I think the lesson to be learned is.. for the sake of our sanity, spend more time in environments in which you have control over, and if your time is limited make sure you make the healthier choice easier.