Nudge Theory Examples to Reach Your Career & Life Goals

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Sometimes you just need a nudge to help you do things, complete tasks, and achieve your goals, per nudge theory concept for inspiring positive action and behavior.


In life, you are going to face tasks and situations you don’t necessarily like sometimes. You may be able to push them aside for a little while, but you know you will have to push through with each one of them and get them done to reach your goals. Most things in life are those that come from a lot of self-motivation, self-drive, hard work, and persistence.

Yet, adding little nudges into your everyday routines could help you complete even unpleasant tasks, do what needs to be done, and reach your goals. For example, back when you were little, if a family member told you that you’d get ice cream after swimming lessons, you would do it without a question. You may even find going to practice easier than it was before.

Similarly, you can introduce little nudges into your life to help you do chores, complete tasks, and achieve your goals in life and business.


Nudge Theory: Simple Career and Life Nudges for Success

According to the experts at Mint, "Nudge theory is the concept that you can trick yourself into changing your habits through positive reinforcement and gentle suggestions." 

Rather than restricting your behaviors, you limit your exposure to bad influences or temptations, and overexpose yourself to positive ones. Basically, you trick your mind into doing something you may not have done otherwise."


Here are examples of simple nudges that can help you complete those tasks and get things done:


1. Make Recycling Fun

You may not want to have to sort through your recycled waste, or even take it out at the end of the week — but when you make it a game, it could be another story.

Cut out free printable basketball hoops of the internet and tape one above your recycling bin. When you and your loved ones are done with a plastic bottle, shoot and see who scores.


2. Swap Out Your Dishes

It’s sometimes hard to dictate how much your grocery budget should be. Or whether you really need as much food as you’re currently taking. Instead of filling up a large bowl or plate with all of your favorite meals, consider using smaller dishes instead.


3. Take the Long Way

Even though working out may not be as interesting as other tasks and activities, it’s good for your overall health and wellbeing. To get your steps in and foster a little competition, add calories counts to your stairs, or even furniture in your living space. Motivation may be sparked every time you see how much you could burn just by taking a few steps.


4. Put Up Reminders to Stay Motivated

You most likely have goals, small and big. To stay in touch with them, add reminders throughout your work and living space. Write out your favorite quotes on sticky notes and stick them to your bathroom mirror, work station, or even throughout your planner.


5. Inspire Healthy Competition

There’s nothing like having a healthy competition. Ask your friends or family to participate in no spend challenges, workout challenges, or even book clubs to keep you more accountable. If you want to set the bar higher, pair these challenges with a reward to keep you motivated to win.


6. Prepare for Unwanted Tasks

Sometimes we push off tasks that we really don’t want to complete, even though we have to. Instead of pushing off your daily workouts, add them to your calendar. That way you already made time for it and you’re more inclined to keep yourself accountable for showing up.


7. Be Thankful for What You Do Have

Sit down every morning and write out five things you’re grateful for. That could be your morning brew or your office workstation that provides you the tools for success. You may find yourself discovering a new love for things you already had — cutting down on your “extras” budget.


8. Automate What You Can

With new technology, apps, and websites coming out every day, it’s a perfect way to get out of the box and automate tedious things you hate to do. If you hate sticking to a budget, download an app that does it all for you.


9. Hit Snooze on Your Spending Habits

With new lifestyle and fashion trends always arising, it can be hard to stray away from purchasing things you don’t necessarily need. While you’re about to make a purchase re-evaluate your financial goals to cut potential overspending.


Nudges Theory Hacks for Success - Infographic

Check out this infographic from Mint showing nudge theory examples to reach your goals:


Kayla Montgomery is a digital content marketer who helps Mint create helpful and compelling stories worth sharing. Her background in digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to lifestyle. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys working out, writing for her own blog, traveling, and exploring all the in’s and out’s Austin, TX has to offer. Connect with her on LinkedIn.