People have been asking me, “Why chores?” Honestly, I am not particularly passionate about chores of any kind. Surprise!
What I am really a geek about is behavior change. What motivates us? What inspires us to act? What practical and proven steps can we use to hack our brains and improve our lives?
Or to get way more personal and make it all about me … what can I do to quiet my annoying friend anxiety when I feel overwhelmed or out-of-control.
That’s what I am crazy curious about. That's why I read self-help books and crush on brain and behavior scientists.
Like BJ Fogg, PhD from Stanford University. He’s the guru of tiny habits. Maybe you’ve seen his Tedx Talk. I have. Multiple times. I am not responsible for his 1+ million views but I definitely did my part.
Dr. Fogg’s research shows that small changes, or tiny habits, done consistently—and celebrated (that's my favorite part)—can lead to lasting positive change.
I tend to have big ideas. Grand schemes. But where to even begin?!? So if there’s any advice I can get behind it’s to start small.
Let’s hear a “Hooyah!” for low expectations. They’re the best.
Sure, life sometimes calls for big, bold moves. But often the most successful leaps are fueled by much smaller moves done over time. Just doing the next right thing and then, one more thing.
Moving one small rock at a time.
My own wacky science project
Dr. Fogg is just one of my academic heroes on behavior change. I think he’d approve of “The 10-Pick-Up Game Morning Edition.” It helped me create a new habit by establishing a trigger, starting small, being systematic and celebrating the small wins.
On the RYC blog, I’ll be sharing the work of other thought leaders on hacking our own brains to make things happen. My tiny mission: Translate the science into games and tricks we can use to make chores more fun and to get stuff done (and if you're me: to feel less freaked out).
Basically, I am my own science project, and I really appreciate you coming along for the ride. I’ll try not to make it a chore.
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I am Margie Reece. I am here to help you rock your chores and have some fun doing it.