93: Nudge by Richard Thaler

93: Nudge by Richard Thaler
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Episode found at: https://bookworm.fm/93/

Whether it’s deciding what to eat for dinner or which investments to pick for our 401k, we humans have a track record of making poor choices. But is it really our fault? Today’s author argues that choice architecture is largely to blame, and explains how small nudges can help move us in a better direction.…

@joebuhlig mentioned on this episode that he has trouble with planning tasks that have to happen in two or three days. Copying them from your rapid log every day is not very efficient after all. I encountered this problem too and I have found a method that might help. It’s an adaptation of the Alastair Method. The original method is described at https://alastairjohnston.com/cracking-the-bullet-journal-forward-planning-problem/index.html and the adaptation by Boho Berry (who adapted it for the weekly log) is described at https://www.bohoberry.com/how-to-use-the-alastair-method-weekly-spread/ (I’m talking about the Tasks part on the left page of the spreads in this blogpost). I have found it to work well. Basically you assign a page in your BuJo every week for tasks. You write them down as they occur to you throughout the week. To the left of the task you make columns for the seven days of the week and you assign your task to one of the weekdays with a dot. The beauty of the system is that you can brain dump tasks during the week and plan them for any day in that week without having to transfer them from daily log to daily log. Hope this helps.

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This is exactly how I do my weekly planning and it‘s been great so far.

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Interesting to see that two Nobel prize winners didn’t get high ratings. I would actually agree with the ratings while I think both books cover very important areas, neither book is an easy read. I suspect a strong editor could have cut 30-50% of the content from either book and they would have been better for it.

I would add with regards Nudge I have read two other related books that I prefer to Nudge. Think Small by Owain Service and Rory Gallagher is a book influenced by Nudge ( the two authors both worked at the Nudge Unit in the UK ) and is a book about habits. Not as detailed as Tiny ( or Atomic ) Habits but still a good read.

The second Inside the Nudge Unit by David Halpern is the one I enjoyed most of all as it takes you through the creation of Behavioural Insight Team (aka the Nudge Unit )n the UK and covers a lot of interesting areas.

I also suspect Friction by Roger Dooley which is on my To Buy list might be covering a similar path.