Four small ways to make big changes:
- Make tech your friend. Wekelo is a fan of tracking her spending and saving by using her bank app to check in, versus only looking at her statement once a month. Drews recommends the Fitbit for tracking how much sleep you're getting, and MyFitnessPal for tracking macronutrients and calories.
- Take it slow. When testing a new habit, Fogg recommends thinking of yourself as a baby learning to walk. "Notice the baby doesn't blame itself if it stumbles, it keeps going and eventually gets better," he says.
- Use the buddy system. Drews suggests starting a new habit with a friend. A buddy can help keep you accountable and offer support and encouragement.
- Remember the why. Are you saving up for something special or for a long-term goal like retirement? "From the beginning, pick behaviors that you are motivated to do," says Fogg. "Clearly understand why you want to do something." Drews adds, "Be able to answer why you want something to change and what will change when you achieve it."