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I can think of two approaches. I strongly prefer the first one: Approach #1 - make smaller tasks Many tasks can be made smaller. Having one 8 hour task isn't terrible, but a lot of big tasks are going to get lost and impact your planning. I think doing your taxes is a great example of how to subdivide a task. For me, doing my taxes has the following ...
In my experience, this kind of "nudge" is useful, but at a much lower frequency. One a day electronically is what works for me. I have a kludgy but working system, loading random quotes on my blog with watchthatpage.com alerting me once a day when the blog changes. Since the quote changes each time the page is loaded, this ends up being a once a day ...
Dennis made an important point earlier: The random repeat interval turns out to be important for reinforcement. If things are expected, they are not ineffective but they are less effective than when things unexpectedly show up at random times. Your brain will attempt to filter out known items. For me, I find myself not opening an email that I already ...
Automatic positive messages sent to support somebody trying to achieve something difficult has been shown to be effective. For instance, a study published in the Lancet showed it was easier to quit smoking with the support of such messages. So you are on the right track. Try lowering the message frequency, and carefully select texts which are motivational.
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