By Karina | May 4, 2011
I mentioned before that I’m helping out with my companies Better Way to Work week – and between that and the increases in gas prices, I’ve been trying to think of more creative ways to convince people to give a new thing (like public transit, carpooling, or even just avoiding plastic bottles) a shot. I realized this week that by breaking the choices down into smaller bits, it’s way easier for people to engage – and hopefully they’ll find that after taking that first step, the next one is much easier!
As they say – “The longest journey starts with a single step.”
So I’ve thought of a few ways that we can help to make a big choice look a little smaller by breaking it into steps – things like:
- If your transit options are unwieldy or ridiculously long, commit to making ONE public transit trip per week instead of thinking about it as a whole-hog situation. If you take one transit trip each work week you’ve reduced your commuting emissions by 20% – and you’re not endlessly inconvenienced by an extra long commute each day.
- Similarly, start to participate in (or introduce your family to) Meatless Mondays if you want to reduce your consumption of animal protein but are having a hard time getting started.
- If you’re making the decision to buy a new car, really take the time to choose to rent a big vehicle if you need it, and size down to a smaller car.
- Instead of carrying both a water bottle and a reusable mug, use the reusable mug to carry water (or fill with soda at a fast food joint) when you aren’t drinking a hot beverage.
- If you’d like to carpool, find a buddy who lives nearby and set up a 2x a week occasion. One day they get to determine the schedule, the other day you get to.
These are just a few, I bet there are lots more. What are some big choices YOU’VE been able to break down into smaller pieces?
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