Set Goals By Time Instead Of Distance Or Quantity

Set Goals by Time Instead of Distance or Quantity

Setting goals is the easy part, achieving them is the difficult bit. But that success is more likely if those goals are set based on a unit of time than one of distance or quantity, says Redditor cntlswvs, a Ph. D. student at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Photo by Bitch Cakes.

He/she uploaded notes from important papers on behavioural change, which are full of tricks on forming new habits or changing old ones. One particular tip stood out:

Time goals rather than distance goals are better. (Run for 10 minutes, not for 3 miles. It's much more effective. Study for 2 hours, not 2 chapters.)

Time-based goals also have the added advantage of letting you start small and be specific about your target. In fact, doing a little bit every day is a good strategy to get huge projects done, like writing a book. For example, Darren Rowse recommends allocating just 15 minutes to any task you want to do. Here's his reasoning:

1. Identify what you want to achieve

2. Allocate 15 minutes a day to it

3. Over the next year you will will spend 91 hours on your task

Hit the links for more on behaviour change and incorporating the 15-minutes-a-day habit.

[LPT] I study the psychology of behaviour change [Reddit]

How To Get Overwhelming Things Done [Darren Rowse]


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