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Here’s How to Get More Small Things Done Daily

It’s accomplished through a method called “habit chaining.”

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Want to get a bunch of small things done on a daily basis? Just do them, one after the other. That’s pretty much the advice of an e-book by blogger SJ Scott entitled Habit Stacking. The basic concept behind Scott’s (very brief) book is an old one in psychology — “habit chaining.” The idea is to pick something you have no problem motivating yourself to do — brushing your teeth is the classic example — then link to it some habit you want to acquire: flossing, say. Habit stacking is the nuclear-powered version. Make a list of small habits that take no more than five minutes each and 30 minutes in total, Scott advises. Then you’ll need to remember, and find motivation for, only one new piece of behavior: to rattle through the checklist once a day. Before long, you’ll jump from bed, drink a glass of water, eat one of your five-a-day vegetables, answer one long-neglected email, meditate for five minutes, do 10 pushups and read your daily bulletin from INSTORE.

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