Think Small in the New Year

Have you made a goal for yourself in the new year? How is it going two weeks in?

Changing our behavior in the beginning of the new year is a good time to start—but remember you can do anytime of the year. The key is to get started!

If a goal is to start or change an exercise routine or eating healthy, we often think that it's not worth it unless we "go big or go home".  According to BJ Fogg, a behavior scientist at Stanford University and author of the new book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, we should think small — as in tiny behaviors that can become habits. The idea is to make these behavior changes so small that they're easy to do.

First, you take any new habit you want, and you scale it back so that it's super-tiny. In the case of wanting to read more, that might mean read one paragraph. In the case of meditating, it might be take three calming breaths.

You make it so simple that it's almost like you have no excuse not to do it. So even when you're in a rush or you're sick or you're distracted, it's so tiny that you can still do it.

Continue on to access the article or listen to the interview on npr.org.

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