Delayed Gratification

A tool that we regularly use to keep our heads and our wallets in line, delayed gratification in an excellent resource for Minimalists and non-minimalists alike. Simple and easy to use, delayed gratification can be used in several ways to improve your life.

Why Would I Delay Gratification For Myself?

Trevor and I made a video talking about what delayed gratification is, why its a tool we utilize, and some examples of how we incorporate it daily. It’s such a wonderful resource that helps to reset your thought process, in terms of shopping and spending money, and causes you to rise above marketing strategies and gimmicks. Long term, delayed gratification reforms shopping habits and alters your sense of urgency.

Ways We Use Delayed Gratification In Our Lives

Plenty of good footage and discussion had to be removed from our video, so let’s talk in a little more detail about the ways Trevor and I incorporate delayed gratification in our lives.

Take A Photo

Mentioned in the video, we utilize the camera on our phones while we’re out and about in brick-and-mortar stores. Whenever we see something we like, or get excited about, we take a photo. Chances are that item will be quickly forgotten and the photo can be deleted.

Otherwise, if you find yourself re-visiting the item frequently on your phone, you can safely say that item is an item you truly want (not just an item you were drawn to due to proximity and a sense of urgency). From there you can get the item, or add it to a rolling Wish List for yourself.

Wish Lists

As mentioned in our video, we’ll be going into more detail next week about how we utilize Wish Lists, but they are a great tool. Not to mention, Wish Lists are often free with an online account to a store. Why not use them?

We have several different types of Wish Lists, but the use is basically the same: add the item to a Wish List, then pick the item up at a later date. We don’t actually purchase all the items we move to wish lists, which we will fully explain next week, but its an awesome place to store items you might want and can review later.

Feeling Hungry

A more loose and abstract application of the philosophy is that I’ve started to practice intermittent fasting. This is a newer application for myself, in which I am trying to delay food consumption to eat at regular intervals instead of graze. There are plenty of arguments as to which method of eating is better; I’m just trying to sort out which is better for my body.

Essentially I’m using intermittent fasting, which is kind of like giving your body a cool-down from eating food. I’m eating all my food for the day in an eight hour window, which is plenty of time to eat three meals. When I feel slightly hungry, I no longer reach for a snack or calories. Instead, I wait until I feel hungry enough to eat a full meal, delaying the satisfaction of feeling full.

Discounted Purchase

One of the consistent ways we practice delayed gratification is to not purchase entertainment immediately as it comes out. Granted, there are exceptions, but for the most part we wait for the price to drop. This holds especially true with games, movies, and books. Music has been a little more difficult to save money, especially since we’ve gone all digital and the price rarely fluctuates on the service we use. For the rest of our entertainment, we rarely pay full price and often buy when the item is discounted at least 30%.

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