Doing things in small doses or taking small steps towards a longer-term goal, be it doing your part for the environment, spreading out a big assignment, reading 6 pages of a book each day, learning a new sport/new skill, or saving small sums of money each week, is taking control of your day and your life as well as vastly improving the odds of reaching that faraway objective.
The hashtag #everylittlehelps came into being precisely because small things do matter so much and almost always have a ripple effect, leading to bigger and better things. The power of aggregates (the piling up of small things) plays out in different ways. But one thing is the same for all small things, they give a sense of power, control and joy – in fact an enormous mental reward for very little effort.
There are plenty of examples of how small actions have big effects. Think about when the UK Government in 2015 introduced the tiny amount of 5 pence for a plastic shopping bag, which had been free until then. The total number of plastic shopping bags used since 2015 has gone down by 95%, a total of 7.4 billon bags. The insignificant small amount of 5 pence led to billions.
Reading 6-7 pages of a book each day will only take up a fraction of your time, and assuming the average length of a book is 100.000 words (400 pages), this means you will read 6 books a year you are not reading now. This will make you appreciate what a time commitment Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates each make to reading by making it through 26 and 50 books a year respectively. Warren Buffett - arguably the world’s most successful investor - is famous for reading 500 pages of material each day. Think you can never reach that? Start small. And reading will make you smarter. Fact.