When possible, it’s often a good idea to consider your goals and habits in the context of setting a baseline. Once you have a baseline you can scale up or down as needed. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when setting goals is going for too much too soon. Instead, focus on building a baseline. When you have a baseline, it’s significantly easier to scale than starting from scratch.

If you want to run a marathon, build up the stamina to run a few miles a day.

If you want to lose weight, go a month eating x amount of calories.

Once your baseline is set, you won’t need to think about making your behaviors happen. The stronger the baseline, the better the results.