Design environments to facilitate desired behaviours

Tags: Change Management Human Behaviour Habits Human Behaviour

Willpower is unreliable when it comes to adopting new behaviours or actions. However, willpower can be supplemented if the environment is designed to facilitate activities or behaviours we want to encourage. The environment includes affordances that make some actions easier and some actions more difficult; manipulating friction around certain actions can influence behaviour one way or another.

For example, if someone wishes to avoid eating a certain food, they should eliminate it from their environment.

  • See Four laws of behaviour changeFour laws of behaviour change
    Tags: [[Habits]] [[Health]] [[Change Management]] [[Human Behaviour]]

    In Atomic Habits James Clear outlines his four laws of behaviour change. To successfully adopt a new habit, one should

    . Cues are very powerful in terms of encouraging or discouraging certain behaviours; designing an environment that emphasizes or eliminates certain cues may influence behaviour.
  • See Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods correlate with better health outcomesPedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods correlate with better health outcomes
    Tags: [[Health]] [[Design]]

    Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that neighbourhoods that included pedestrian-friendly features like sidewalks and crosswalks cor...
    as a possible larger scale example of a correlation between environment design and behavioural outcomes


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