We often use loopholes to justify breaking our good habits. A popular loophole is the Planning to Fail Loophole. When it comes to keeping our good habits, instead of fleeing temptation, we often arrange to succumb. We make a chain of little decisions that allow us secretly to engineer the very circumstances that we’ll find irresistible.
- I’ll just check my email quickly before I go to the gym … oops, I don’t have time to go to the gym, after all.
- I’m done eating for the tonight, but I’ll go into kitchen and look in the freezer. Just curious.
- I’ll buy some cookies — not for me, but in case someone stops by.