HOME CHANGES FOR HEALTH SE Hayes Oct 11, 2012Tuesday, October 16, 12
Our environment cues many of our actions What impacts do changes in our home have on our health?Tuesday, October 16, 12
Health Change 1 Experiment: Boosting Accountability Make Tracking VISIBLE Change 1: Make Weight Tracking Visible Goal: Create a Daily Habit of Checking in with Health Design Opportunity: Weighing myself & tracking in google wasn’t sticking as well as I had hoped, nor was it producing the behavior impacts during the day. so I Moved Tracking from... Google Docs I started the tiny h weigh myself ever to start a daily ritu thinking of food c Until I decided to m My Mirror Change Opportunity Discovery 1: it felt unsatisfying in google docs...buTuesday, October 16, 12 change.
Health Change 1: Make Tracking Household Visible Experiment: Boosting Accountability Change 1: Make Weight Tracking Visible What this changes... - Makes Accountability a Household Activity - Creates a Trigger - Makes the logging Activity Easier What happened Failed: Weight went up - Perceived failure in impacting health choices BUT... Behavior Modiﬁed - Yoga in the morning + daily walk Since this wasn’t ‘scale’ related I didn’t realize that is was happening Conclusion - Boosts background awareness w/ micro choices I started the tiny h weigh myself ever Insights: to start a daily ritu Felt “Scary” to make weight public - was a jumpstart thinking of food c Did impact behavior choices, but only until about noon Until I decided to m Change Opportunity Making it visible where I’m getting ready for the day makes it move into Discovery 1: the day it felt unsatisfying in google docs...buTuesday, October 16, 12 change.
Health Change 2 Experiment: Boosting Accountability Kick Diet Coke to the Can Change 1: Make Weight Tracking Visible Goal: Stop Drinking Diet Coke all day long at work Design Opportunity: Free Diet Coke in the kitchen at work has made this habit hard to stop. so I created a ‘water cooler’ area NOT in the kitchen with all kinds of happy things that I LIKE I started the tiny h weigh myself ever to start a daily ritu thinking of food c Until I decided to m Change Opportunity Discovery 1: it felt unsatisfying in google docs...buTuesday, October 16, 12 change.
Health Change 2: Kick Diet Coke to the Can What this changes... - Replaces a Trigger - Re-Frames Reward (Free is a large Reward for me) - Makes Easier because $ is already spent, and it’s closer in reach than diet coke What happened Successful, Sometimes - I’m drinking atleast 3 cups of water daily. - I’m choosing tea, most of the time when I feel like I need a lift But when I’m stressed and I’m drained...Diet Coke is still my ‘Go To’ Insights: 2 Emergent Need Buckets: Cognitive Decisions & Involuntary Decisions - I knew $ is a decision factor, but I didn’t realize HOW MUCH this drives “rewards” on choices. Change OpportunityI reload - Making Kombucha gives me a ‘weekly anchor’ to make sure that and restock...having it be a alive and will die if I don’t is keyTuesday, October 16, 12
Health Change 3 Experiment: Boosting Accountability Changing My Wallet Change 1: Make Weight Tracking Visible Goal: Reframe “Rewards” to spending money on health Design Opportunity: I dislike spending $, and this often makes hard for me to chose healthy options. so I Put $40 in my wallet that I MUST spend each week on health items (or I spend it on Household items) I started the tiny h weigh myself ever to start a daily ritu thinking of food c Until I decided to m Change Opportunity Discovery 1: it felt unsatisfying in google docs...buTuesday, October 16, 12 change.
Health Change 3: Changing My Wallet What this changes... - Separates “Expensive” from “Health” on daily activities - It’s a Trigger when I make purchase decisions - This is a build activity from an insight on #2 What happened Successful, but not over the curve - I give myself permission now to buy something like water - I still don’t ‘feel’ right about it, and still have to convince myself that it’s ok - When something is FREE, I can’t spend $ on alternative Insights: - Even if you don’t fully ‘believe’ the change...it makes room for other behaviors, when 2 choices are close together in value. - If I don’t feel good about spending $ on a healthy behavior, I will put a ‘to do’ for another work around (like carrying a water Opportunity Change bottle) on my activity list for the next ‘high motivation’ wave moment, and since the activity is now only ‘temporary’ I can live with it until the next interval.Tuesday, October 16, 12
CONCLUSIONS Environmental Changes = Very Helpful Environmental = Anchors (Starting & End Points) When Environmental Changes Don’t Work = Still get data and insights of what to do next.Tuesday, October 16, 12