It’s an oft-repeated piece of advice: If a big task you’ve got on your plate looks overwhelming and intimidating, try breaking it down into smaller tasks in order to make it more manageable. But while these words of wisdom are frequently applied to very specific situations (at work, for example), they’re useful at just about every other time, too. In fact, there are loads of little daily habits that can make a big difference for your life in the long run — and adding them to your regular routine is a lot simpler than you might think.
That’s what Redditor u/jacla4 was getting at when they posed the following question recently to the denizens of AskReddit: “What small habit, if done every day over the course of a year, can lead to the biggest personal improvement/gain?” And indeed, as the nearly 1,500 comments in the thread indicate, there are a lot of these kinds of habits out there. But hey, guess what? Getting into these kinds of habits doesn’t take a ton of effort. According to Stanford University psychologist B.J. Fogg via Quartz, it only takes three steps to make small but meaningful adjustments in your life: First, identify a goal you want to achieve; then, identify a “tiny habit” or two that will help you accomplish that goal; and then, identify a habit you already have (a “trigger”) and peg the new habit to that existing one. Building the new habit into an old one will make it that much easier to adopt — and before you know it, voila! Goal achieved.
This isn’t to say that you have to put all of the habits suggested in the AskReddit thread on your to do list; what works for one person might not work for another for any number of reasons, so the whole thing is an extremely personal process. (You do you and all that.) But if you’re looking for a few ideas, here’s a good place to start; head on over toAskReddit for more.