Thursday, February 11, 2016

Temptation Bundling

Without realizing it, when I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts ("Freakonomics") while doing the dishes, I was doing exactly the behavior the podcast was about -- "temptation bundling."

According to the podcast, temptation bundling is, "the idea of tying together two activities — one you should do but may avoid; and one you love to do but isn’t necessarily productive."  So I started thinking about how that would apply to students in ABE classes.  An example may be that you can only eat your favorite snack when you are working on Khan Academy or Burlington English activities.  Another incentive may be that you buy an engaging novel such as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter or something by John Grisham or Stephen King, but you can only read it when you come to classes (maybe the first or last part of class).  

So, can you think of any creative ways to take willpower out of the picture by putting together something you should do with something you really want to do?  

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