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More effective than rules

Texting and driving is dangerous, so I made a rule to never to do so unless the car was in park.  To cut back on carbs and sugar, I gave myself a daily consumption quota.  Rules like this are helpful only if you’re disciplined enough to police yourself.  But…

Changing my phone settings so that texts don’t display at all before I drive makes compliance easy.  Not allowing carbs or sugar in my house cancels the need for self-control.  You can rely on willpower to NOT hit snooze, or you can position your alarm clock so you have to get up to turn it off.

Discipline is essential of course, but you can improve outcomes for following rules when if you minimize or eliminate the option to break them.

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