“If you want to make a long-term change, make the behavior change tiny. Very tiny.” This is the advice of behavioral scientist and author BJ Fogg, who says that change begins with a step as small as flossing one tooth after brushing your teeth. He also says it’s important to notice and celebrate that you’ve achieved this step (no matter how small) immediately after doing it.
Fogg’s formula is simple: After I (pick a habit you already have), I will (pick a new habit you want to form). For example, After I start my morning coffee, I will tidy one item in the living room. Fogg’s theory is that you establish a new habit by linking it to an existing one. Then, build on it slowly, remembering to acknowledge your accomplishment every time.
To learn more check out this article, The Power of Tiny Habits, by J.D. Meier explaining Fogg’s tiny habits approach or watch B.J. Fogg’s Ted Talk:
Article by Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Executive Director of Communication Works