Enjoy this guest post (and giveaway!) by Brent from VOSA. Brent’s a world record holder, inventor, engineer, entrepreneur, world traveler & eternal optimist. You can read more of his writing about personal finance, entrepreneurship and travel at VOSA.com.
Left sock, right sock. Left shoe, right shoe. Right shoelace, left shoelace.
That’s the routine I’ve followed when putting on my shoes for as long as I can remember.
It’s so engrained into my mental and muscle memory I literally have a hard time doing it any other way even when I try.
Now I’m sure there are some behavioral psychologist reading this saying “claaaasssiiic O.C.D.”.
O.C.D. or not, habits like this rule our lives more than we know it.
Just think about how you put on your shoes, or the first three things you do every morning when you wake up, or how you respond when someone ask you “how are you?”
Chances are, that you too, have some standard routines that you weren’t aware about until just now.
Don’t get me wrong, habits are a great thing. They allow us to save mental capacity for when we have to make bigger and more important decisions than which sock and shoe I should put on first or weather you should brush your teeth before or after your shower in the morning.
Studies have proven that willpower is a finite element that you can exhaust over the course of a day.
This is why you’re more likely to eat that piece of cheesecake at 11 PM after a long and stressful day compared to 9 AM when you’re putting out fires and savings lives at your day job.
How Habits Form
Knowing how habits can govern your actions can help you financially. In this post I’m going to focus on four different sneaky ways to use habits to save more money.