I recently learnt a very important lesson in goal-setting and habit-forming from a medical doctor. A persistent bad back has me visiting the orthopedics more than I like. They all say the same thing—regular exercise is your panacea. Not marathon running but just a simple, regular workout. I find that I begin well enough, but two months later regress into inaction. Travel, the big destroyer of routines, is the usual excuse for not finding the 30-40 minutes to do what is needed. Then this one guy sits me down and tells me: just do these three exercises. Do them twice a day. Don’t skip. Don’t do more if you have no time. Don’t do three sets of 10 each if you don’t have time. Do each just once. But do them. I hear him. And start. That’s it. The goal became smaller. Much more manageable, and one that did not require a full 30-40 minute time slot in the morning. I find that when one set is done, there is always space to do one more. And when three exercises are done there is always the space to do 10 more.