Change Your Life – One Tiny Step at a Time
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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warm up

  • What can you do to make your routines more enjoyable?
  • What are some bad habits you’ve fallen into/gotten out of?
  • Do you find creating habits easy?
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part one

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:22 What are some popular goals people often set themselves?
  • ⌚ 0:34 What qualities are necessary to achieve our goals?
  • ⌚ 0:52 How do some people feel when they slip back into old (bad) habits?
  • ⌚ 1:09 Do you agree that change is hard?
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part two

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 1:32 In what sense our brain is like a jungle?
  • ⌚ 1:41 What trick has our brain come up with?
  • ⌚ 2:10 What happens to this rough trail after some time?
  • ⌚ 2:27 Why is change particularly difficult for adults?
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part three

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 2:48 What is a routine? Give some examples.
  • ⌚ 3:26 What are the characteristics of a ‘wise planner’ who executes routines?
  • ⌚ 3:35 How are habits different from routines?
  • ⌚ 3:45 In what sense does a habit make us feel like on autopilot?
  • ⌚ 4:06 What are triggers? Give some examples. 
  • ⌚ 4:45 What are the characteristics of a ‘toddler’ who executes habits?
  • ⌚ 5:12 How are bad habits born?
  • ⌚ 5:43 How are the planner and the toddler helping us going through life?
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part four

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 6:02 Why is it better to improve your life  alittle than aiming high?
  • ⌚ 6:18 What is a better way to form a habit than forcing it with willpower?
  • ⌚ 6:30 How are the planner and the toddler helpful in creating new habits?
  • ⌚ 6:41 What is the first step in creating a new habit? Why is this step important?
  • ⌚ 7:52 What is the next step after setting your trigger and action? What outcome will it bring?
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part five

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 8:27 What can we do to make the action more likely to be picked up by the ‘toddler’?
  • ⌚ 9:06 Is it possible to know how long it will take us to form a new habit?
  • ⌚ 9:26 Which part of forming a new habit is the most difficult?
  • ⌚ 9:45 Are there any silver bullets for effecting change?
  • ⌚ 9:56 Is change a direction or a destination? How do you understand it?
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DISCUSSION

  • What do you think of the idea of the planner and the toddler presented in this lesson?
  • What do you think of the difference between a habit and a routine? Does it make sense to you?
  • What happens when you put aside instant gratification and prioritise delayed gratification?
  • What happens when we aim too high? 
  • How can we design our environments to help us trigger more good habits?
  • What is your method of forming a habit and sticking to it long-term?
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