We all have 1440 minutes in each day.  We tend to waste quite a few of those minutes by running from here to there helter-skelter – racing through the day’s tasks and often having to do them over again – and having unfocused time that we can never recapture.  Worse yet, we have trouble finding the time to make changes to make better use of those many minutes our days gift us. Do you have a few minutes to make some teeny tiny changes that will truly make a difference! Nod your head YES so we can look into this.

Focus on a Change

Is there a change you would like to make in your life that could definitely make a difference?  BJ Fogg, a behavior scientist at Stanford University, indicates that there are only three options that will make a long-term change in our behavior:  have an epiphany – make a change in our surroundings – or take tiny steps. The last option sounds much easier than the first two, so let’s continue with that one.  The Fogg Method focuses on three steps to take to change your behavior.

Step 1:  Get Specific

Instead of focusing on the habit or weakness that you have, focus on what behavior you would like to start.  What would you like to do instead? For instance, let’s say you would like to manage your time better. Think of yourself as someone who not only shows up on time, but maybe one who even gets there a little early.

Step 2:  Make It Easy

What can you do to make a change in your behavior so that it seems easy?  We tend to like easy fixes – something more challenging doesn’t interest us for long.  Think of a change you could make that would be simple but help you reach that outcome. We all do better with an easy change – something that helps us make the change, but not anything that is too oppressive, too stifling, too challenging.  How could we make that awareness of time a simple step?

Step 3:  Trigger the Behavior

Now consider what actions or reactions will encourage this new behavior.  It sounds as though someone who is often late probably has always been so.  Because of that, a trigger must be created to prompt this new behavior. How could we make that awareness of time a simple step?  Perhaps we notice the time and we think we can do just one more thing before the clock strikes twelve. If that is the case – here’s a solution, plain and simple:  change all of the clocks and watches in your house and in your office. Set them 15 minutes ahead! When you see the time, you’ll hustle, but you’ll be on time! If your brain won’t fall for such trickery, another change you could make is to set a timer to beckon you, letting you know that you have only 10 minutes more.  These are simple steps to help you change the behavior.

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