Commitment Devices

A commitment device is a way of proactively locking yourself to a particular course of action1.

It’s something you put in place now, so you will act the way you want to later.

Here are some examples:

  • Cutting up your credit cards to avoid mindless spending.
  • Getting a long-term gym membership to work out regularly.
  • Putting your alarm clock across the room to get up on time.
  • Buying unhealthy snacks in small packages to avoid binging.
  • Installing a website blocker to avoid procrastinating at work.

A well-chosen commitment device can be incredibly effective.

So, whenever you’re struggling to maintain a desired behavior, think about how to lock yourself into it.


  1. Commitment Device

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