Instant downloads, same day deliveries, and fast passes at amusement parks are just a few items that hint to a growing impatient monster—instant gratification.
We all have in it us. No one is safe.
We want the fastest network, fastest internet speed and next day deliveries, all to satisfy our need to consume.
It definitely doesn’t help when you have the “Jones” showing off their new cars, vacations, and the hot new restaurant they ate at on social media.
How could you not want to try to keep up?
It’s nice to have all these things, but most of the time we buy them, forget about them, and move on to the next must-have item on our list.
The worst part about instant gratification is the amount of debt that can grow if we don’t bite the bullet and just overcome it. Not to mention the amount of clutter and stress that accumulates over time.
That’s definitely a miserable way to live.
No one is safe from it but we all can overcome it.
I’ve recently found a few genius hacks that could help us all overcome the daily temptations of consumerism. These bloggers hit home with these action packed tips that will motivate you to start the journey to kick your spending habits down a few notches.
1. Check Your Blind Spots:
When you’re changing lanes on the highway, you can only see so much through your mirrors, but before you make the actual lane change, you have to physically look behind you to see that no other cars are coming.
Author of The More of Less, Joshua Becker, gives us a phenomenal analogy that helps make you aware of those tricky triggers that get you to overspend. “The key to overcoming our consumeristic tendencies is to deliberately peer into our blind spot and see what we have been ignoring.”
Most of us sort of know what our weakness is when it comes to quick spending.
You know you go to Target a lot and spend too much there, but did you know you go to the electronic area and buy something you “needed” every time you leave target?
My tempter is food and grabbing a quick meal. It’s really the convenience that I love so much about it but that stuff adds up. And the price of a plate of food isn’t getting any cheaper.
So, once you deliberately look at your blind temptations, you will recognize and catch yourself when it happens again.
And at that point, you have to ask yourself, “Is this a necessity?”.
Minimize some of the decisions you make in a day (if you can).
Or if you notice that it’s been a stressful day, know that decision fatigue shows up easily on those days.
I get decision fatigue right after work, which is when immediately I think about getting home and making dinner sounds exhausting! But hey, take out sounds phenomenal!
There goes my willpower.
Science has proven that willpower is like a muscle. You have to work it out to keep the strength up and stay resilient.
The best time to make hard decisions is in the morning as you haven’t been bombarded with everyday minor decisions.
So in my case, I make the decision on what to cook days before. Then before I leave work in the morning, I set it out to make that evening. That way once I get home, I know what I have to do and it won’t take too long to prepare.
Remember, kicking Instant gratification’s butt is not instant.
Try a step or two and see how it works. Just like lifting weights, start light then build more mass with heavier weights throughout the journey.
One day, you will be free to just lay on the grass outside and not worry about all that stuff you have to clean up in your house. You’ll be able to have clean tables and counters without papers and boxes everywhere. Or maybe you’ll have paid off a credit card because you finally cut back on spending just because.
Whatever, your reason I’d love to hear it. Shoot me an email and tell me your exact reason to kick instant gratification’s butt right now! Show me your willpower muscles and let’s conquer it together!