Wisconsinite Peter Schroeder is transforming small habits into daily routines.
A digital marketing specialist at SchoolKeep, Schroeder has used “micro-habits” to master reading, learning a new language and even web development.
“A micro-habit is basically just a really small step on how you can start doing pretty much anything you want to do,” Schroeder tells NBC NEWS BETTER.
For example, if you want to become a runner, start by taking a jog around your block once a day instead of attempting a full mile.
“It’s overcoming that first step of saying ‘Wow, this is a really incredible monumental thing that I need to do. How am I going to get there?’ As opposed to just taking one step at a time,” Schroeder explains.
“When I wanted to start reading more, I started reading just a page before bed just to get the habit down and doing it over and over, just getting a page a night,” says Schroeder. “I couldn’t say no to a page a night because it takes you a minute to do.”
Over time, Schroeder’s reading habit evolved from 5 minutes a night to over 30 minutes.
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“Once a habit becomes part of your routine you can do it without thinking about it. It’s like brushing your teeth,” he explains.
When Schroeder was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, he needed to learn programming for a class. He took 5-10 minutes out of his day to teach himself how to code through Codecademy.
“It’s overcoming that first step of saying ‘Wow, this is a really incredible monumental thing that I need to do. How am I going to get there?’ As opposed to just taking one step at a time.”
“Whether it’s people just trying to improve professionally or people just trying to learn new things, it all just starts with baby steps and once it’s ingrained in the process then it can grow from there,” says Schroeder.
Schroeder believes anyone can use micro-habits to form new habits they wouldn’t typical attempt otherwise.