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Baby Steps, Giant Steps

“That’s one small step for man…” There is an algorithm in cryptography called the Baby-Step, Giant-Step. Now, I don’t really understand what this all means (if you like, you can read more on Wikipedia), but it got me thinking: Is it ever...

Another Reason for Baby Steps

Baby steps can help to reduce anxiety. Trying to do too much at one time can cause anxiety. Whenever you procrastinate, it causes more anxiety. If you take a baby step early on, it will give you momentum and you’ll be more likely to finish a task by your...

Keep going!

Sometimes after you take a baby step, the logical thing is to keep going. Taking too many baby steps in different areas can lead to task switching. Despite what most job ads would have you believe, multitasking is a myth. It’s really task switching, and when you...

Do over!

No, I’m not performing a do over for this website, although I still would like to make it prettier and more modern looking. However, that’s not what I’m writing about right now. When you take baby steps and decide that you’re going in the wrong...

Role of Experimentation with Baby Steps

Feel free to experiment with baby steps. One big advantage is that if you start small, you can recognize how what you change (i.e., independent variable) influences the result (i.e., the dependent variable). For example, if you give up sugar, processed meats, and...

Ways to take Baby Steps

Depending on the task and/or the person, sometimes baby steps can be sequential, while other times they might include putting together a big picture scenario first and then filling in the details. For example, to write a short story, you could proceed like this: Write...

Consistency in Baby Steps

One important factor that I haven’t mentioned yet is consistency. I missed last week’s blog post. Thursday was a busy day for me, but it turned out Friday was worse, so I put off the blog post until this week. Here are some factors when maintaining...

Pick a Direction, Any Direction!

Not sure what to do? Pick a direction, any direction, and then take a baby step in that direction! Of course, that’s just to start, and it’s important not to give up too quickly. On the other hand, if you find that something is really not to your liking,...

Good Article About Small Habits

Recently, Success Magazine posted an article written by Mary Sauer about small, positive habits. Mary started a gratitude practice, intentional acts of kindness, and she started to wake up earlier. You may want to try these things as well, but if they don’t...

Another Reason to Take Baby Steps

Another reason to take baby steps is to gauge your direction. Sometimes we take big steps, but it turns out that it is in the wrong direction. It can then be costly to undo everything and start from scratch. Baby steps can help ensure that those drastic measures...