Want Better Money Habits? Take Our 4-Week ChallengeByMarianne Hayes Jul 04, 2016 Finance

Anyone who’s ever set a goal for themselves knows: Envisioning the end result is the easy part. The actual execution … that can be a little trickier. And when that goal involves anything that has to do with your finances—well, that can prove to be even more daunting.

If you find meeting a money goal intimidating, you can take small comfort in the fact that you’re not alone: According to the American Psychological Association’s 2016 Stress in America report, 67% of respondents cite money as a source of stress.

But that shouldn’t stop you from striving to take control of your finances—and one way to help make that feel a little more manageable is to turn smart financial practices into habits.

Not sure how to start? We’ve got you covered.

We’ve laid out a four-week challenge below that helps break things down into easy-to-do tasks, with just one task per week that you can ease into. By turning the occasional good choice into your new norm, smart money moves can soon feel like second nature.

Marianne Hayes
Freelance writer, storyteller, lover of books.