Review: Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fogg--much like Charle Duhigg's Power of Habit or Jane McGonigal's Superbetter, provides an in-depth look at navigating goals for people by better understanding how motivation, environment, and triggers can be used effectively in small ways to guide people down paths they wish to go.  Whether it's addressing a habit one doesn't want, redirecting one's life to different goals, or just trying to be better at some aspect of life, Fogg helps readers understand that drastic changes rarely work but testing small adjustments coupled with reflecting can lead people to success in a variety of ways. Will-power and just motivation are not enough to do it and Fogg highlights why these are false hallmarks to embrace to make effective change in one's life.  Rather, he guides readers on the importance of creating extremely low stakes changes, stacking them over time, and celebrating the execution of them to build positive momentum forward as a beneficial approach to change.  What I like about Fogg's work is that he does provide lots of practical advice and tools (charts, templates, etc) to help people figure this out on their own. His arguments and methods align with much of the research out there about how humans meaningfully change their lives and in truth, there are lots of uses of this book as Fogg points out such as deploying it in family or business settings.  Equally useful to consider is its implications for teaching and learning and I would encourage educators to think about how and what might be used here to change classroom experiences and build tiny habits.

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