I was *this* close to signing up for Crossfit last week. And *this* close to buying the intro pack at the nearby yoga studio. But the sad fact of the matter is, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with either of those things. Plus, I’m too poor to really afford them on the long term.
I’m a bit too aware of my own Motivation + Ability + Trigger breaking points to really be able to make commitments that are too difficult to keep given my current work + home priorities. Exercise is only important to me in the sense that it makes my work + home priorities stronger… definitely not going to be usurping those anytime soon.
So, instead of signing up for $200 private trainer orientation classes, I bought this $80 pull-up/push-up/sit-up/etc thing and installed it in our new offices. And then, after reading Why Persuasive Design Should Be Your Next Skill Set, I decided to think about ways to increase the triggers to actually use this dang machine.
After some research into various productivity / time out apps, I installed this Pomodoro app on my work laptop and set the timer to 25 minutes. It definitely takes me less than 5 minutes on this machine to feel completely exhausted, so now I have a fun little way to both manage my mental and physical health.
Plus, pomodoros are pretty.
Plus, we’re working on a new mobile app that is going to be very much in the spirit of this motivation hacking, and having an infernal torture machine staring us down near the office door is going to help us make sure we build the right thing.