Using Anti Charity to Achieve Goals

I am a big fan of Tim Ferriss, I have read most of his books and listen to his podcast regularly. One of the things he advocates for is to use an “anti-charity” to achieve your goals. The idea is that you promise to donate to a charity that you hate if you do not complete a goal. There is psychology behind this with our brains focus on avoiding losses rather than gaining.

For me I want to start waking up earlier, so I can get more done in a day and have a more regular sleep cycle. I have planned to use this model of encouragement for awhile but I felt there wouldn’t be a successful way to monitor it without getting a personal assistant. There are solutions like Stickk (great name, almost as good as Pickk 😉 ) but they dont automate the location part.

Luckily I found a solution that helps to automate this. Stringify allows you to build simple “flows” that trigger events. The user interface is pretty simple.

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You are able to build some logic based of things on your phone.

On the left is my “Flow”.

  • If it is 8:30 am (Date & Time)
  • And If my phone is within 1000 feet of my home

Then:

  • Send an email to donate $50 to Donald Trump for president.

I would really not like to donate money to Trump’s campaign. It would be embarrassing after creating Coders For Sanders and it would put my name on a list that would get me unwanted mailers.

The system is currently only sending an email it’s not doing the automatic donation. I plan to have a friend do the donation part, that way if the system messes up for whatever reason my friend can ask before submitting the donation.

Is there a better way to achieve goals? Let me know what you think. Leave comment below to share the knowledge!