Whether it's jogging or studying for an exam, it's common to motivate yourself with a reward for completing tasks you dread doing. The old carrot-and-stick method can work, but researcher Katy Milkman suggests a better version: Temptation bundling.
By now, you've probably heard a thing or two about the habit loop. It tells us a habit is formed by a cue, routine, and a reward. But there's one more factor that determines your success with a new habit: its simplicity.