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Keystone habits were described in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The idea is that instead of a changing the big habits in life we should focus on small seemingly inconsequential habits and work towards changing them. The result will be an easier change in the bigger habits.

Does this approach work?

That book is pretty much the only popular reference to the concept of Keystone Habits. It does not seem to be present in any other popular books/sites.

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After going through the book, I think it's a question better posed to Cogsci SE. From a productivity standpoint, it's considered motivating to keep accomplishing goals, and would generally be the method most people take to change large habits. But the book seems more directed towards a neurology/psychology standpoint, which may be what your question is about? – Muz Feb 1 '13 at 1:19
@Muz Yes, actually. It was more from a psychological standpoint. – AsheeshR Feb 16 '13 at 7:27

I believe it does. Motivation works like snow ball spinning down a mountain. It is getting bigger and bigger every spin. By achieving smaller goals, you motivate yourself that you can do the bigger goal. Having achieved hundreds of goals in various sizes for a year, you are less likely to give up on any goal.

You might want to read Switch. That books explain how motivation works better than I do.

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