3 Proven Ways to Make Your Good Habits Appealing

Use temptation bundling, celebrate your wins, and track your progress.

Patrik Edblad
2 min readOct 14, 2022

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1. Use Temptation Bundling

Whenever you want to make a habit more appealing, you can use this formula:

I will only (tempting behavior) while I (desired behavior).

Here are some examples:

  • I will only listen to my favorite podcast while I work out.
  • I will only drink my favorite coffee while I work on my report.
  • I will only watch my favorite show while I fold the laundry.

By combining things you want to do with things you should do, you get to enjoy both immediate rewards and long-term benefits(1).

So, whenever a tempting behavior seems compatible with a desired one, consider bundling them together.

2. Celebrate Your Wins

According to behavior expert BJ Fogg, emotions create habits.

If you want a behavior to become habitual, your brain must associate it with feeling good.

And you can accomplish that by using Fogg’s “celebration” technique(2).

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Patrik Edblad

I write about timeless ideas and science-backed strategies to feel great and perform at your very best. Get more from me at https://www.patrikedblad.com