Sometimes it is wiser to get yourself quick small wins in terms of your daily “to do” list than it is to take on the biggest, hardest task first.
To this point, a study tracked customers who were given frequent visit cards at two different car washes. Both establishments offered a free visit when all eight spaces on a card had been stamped.
At one car wash, customers were handed their first card with a 20% head start – two of the eight slots were already stamped.
At another location the customers had to start from scratch and work on filling out the entire eight spaces on their own.
Interestingly, after a few months only 19% of those who had to earn all eight-stamps had earned their free car wash. Conversly 34% of those who had the head-start card had earned their free wash.
Many times we find it motivating to have a portion of a goal accomplished right out of the starting gate. On those days when your will-power is low use this bit of knowledge to your benefit. Give yourself the boost of one or two quick wins by planning easy to accomplish tasks first.
And should you try this quick win strategy on, I’d love to know how and when it worked for you.
The research referenced above is taken from the book Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Currently I’m reading this book by Chip and Dan Heath in conjunction with an article written by John Tierney titled: Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Both are quite informative in terms of understanding common roadblocks that prohibit us from making significant change. If you are interested in the article e-mail me, and I’ll send you an electronic copy.