"Creating mini-goals, or identifying small steps toward the achievement of a larger goal, is important because reaching that step bolsters motivation to continue on," Virginia Brabender, Ph.D., professor of psychology atWidener University tells BuzzFeed in an email.
The more things you can cross off, the more awesome you'll feel! Plus, mini-goals can be easier to tackle than one big goal.
For example, say your overall goal is to eat less sugar. Some mini goals you can set for yourself:
-Learn the difference between added sugars and natural sugars
-Keep a food diary for a few days before giving up sugar, to figure out where your biggest sources of sugar are coming from
-Go through your cabinets and toss anything with a lot of added sugars
-Go to the grocery store and stock up on foods that have only natural sugars and no (or fewer) added sugars
-Take a Sunday afternoon to plan out some meals and snacks that are easy to make so that you don't have THINK very much about everything you eat — you're doing the thinking ahead of time.
-Check out this list of 14 ways to eat less sugar for more tips