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Chapter 6: Motivation is overrated; Environment often matters more

If you want to make a habit a big part of your life, make the cue a big part of your environment.

Dutch researchers discovered that electrical energy usage depends strongly on the position of the electrical meter. Households that have the meter in the basement use more energy than ones that have the meter in a visible place, such as the main hallway. This is due to the nature of our habits. Seeing the meter reminds us about saving electricity.

It’s not easy to read a book if the bookshelf is in the corner. It’s not easy to practice guitar if the guitar is in the closet. Our environment is very important to following good habits.

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