By Amy Nguyen
Have you ever created grand New Year’s Resolutions to be more productive, do well in school, get enough sleep, etc, but ended falling short of your goals? A great book to help you rethink your goals and habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear.
This book recommends that you break down your goals into more digestible, easy to practice habits called atomic habits. An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is small and simple to accomplish, and when compounded will have remarkable results.
For example, let’s say you have a paper to write. Instead of waiting until the last minute to complete it, you can make it a habit to write two-three sentences each day. It is low commitment, but as you continue this practice daily, you will get the bulk of your paper written before you know it.
If you want to get more sleep, you could start out by practicing going to sleep 10 minutes earlier than your normal time every day for a month. It is a small change that shouldn’t cause you a lot of resistance, and when you are adjusted to this schedule, you can slowly attempt to go to sleep another 5 minutes early and work that into your routine until you are satisfied with the amount of sleep that you get.
When you set big goals, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to achieve them all at once. However, if you learn to make small changes to your habits and routines, you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish if you are consistent with them.