In his most recent edition of “This Column Will Save Your Life,” Oliver Burkeman expounded on the value of signs: It turns out, there’s an art to giving instructions by public poster, and when they’re done right, they can pretty effective. Burkeman notes that there are a few key components to what researchers call “emotionally intelligent signage” (i.e. signs that work): Staying positive, invoking social norms and being specific, for the most part.
Of course, Burkeman also points out that the downside of signs is that they can encourage obsession over the issue at hand—studies have shown that ‘No Smoking’ signs, while obeyed, just encourage smokers to seek out other places to smoke. (But you’re not a smoker, right?) We think if all you need is a nudge to get yourself out of bed and running (or into bed and sleeping), these posters might help. And they’re cute: