Micro-Habits That Will Transform Your Life
Big changes start with small steps. You don’t just wake up one morning and change your habits, you have to start small. There’s so much power in starting small. To achieve your life goals you need to make consistent changes in your life. There are certain micro-habits that will transform your life. All you need to be is consistent and your life will transform day by day. Breaking a habit is no easy task, you need to change gradually for you to see any sort of transformation in your life.
“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.” —James Clear – Atomic Habits
If you want to change and transform your life in the next couple of years, you need to start small, you need to be consistent and you need to start now. Here are micro-habits that will transform your life:
Delay Your Reaction
Learn to take your time before doing or deciding something. In a culture of busy learning to delay your reaction is essential. Don’t just say yes only to change your mind later. Learn to say I’ll get back to you on this. This will save you a lot of time. Delay your reaction when you hear something that makes you angry or upsets you. Take your time and evaluate the situation, if it won’t matter in 5 years, it’s not even worth 5 seconds of your life. Learning to delay your reaction will automatically change how you view life and perspective in the long run.
Learn something new daily
Make sure you learn something new every day. When you stop learning, you stop growing. Whether you’re reading a book or not make sure you’re learning. If you have never been one to pick up a book and read that’s okay, there are plenty of other ways you can learn. On social media, there are multiple accounts that share interesting ideas, quotes, and ways you can continually improve yourself. Listen to a podcast or an audiobook on se0lf-improvement on your way to work or from work. Make a habit out of it and watch your life transform.
Make a habit of always knowing how much money you have. Most people are afraid of checking their bank account balances. There’s a certain kind of pressure and anxiety that comes with checking your account balances. However, always staying up to date with how much money you have makes you make better spending decisions. By knowing how much money you have at all times is the first step to financial freedom. After knowing your account balance at all times, you automatically spend within your range.
Complete a Task When You Don’t Feel Like It
Every day make sure you complete a task that you did not want to finish. This builds resilience and persistence. It can be small habits like making your bed first thing in the morning, to making breakfast at home. Once you do this daily, you’ll see how easy it is to accomplish these tasks every day. There’s also something about accomplishing something you’ve always hated doing. You will be more motivated to do more tasks throughout the day. This is one of the micro-habits that will transform your life. It will teach you to finish your tasks despite your mood.
Prioritize your future self
If you want to have a good life in the future, you have to start prioritizing it now. Consider your future and how you want it to look. Then take micro-steps toward achieving that. Before making any rash decision, ask yourself how is this benefiting my future self? Take time and think about the consequences of your actions. If I spend this much at the club instead of saving it, how am I benefiting my future self? Do not live by the rule ‘here for a good time and not a long time.’ This will set you back in the long term. This motto is self-destructive mentally, financially,relationship-wise and in some instances healthwise. You might lose a couple of friends but your future self will thank you for it. Learn how to balance fun and bad decisions. You can have fun but always remember there’s a limit.
Use moments that frustrate you to practice your patience. There are times where we all get frustrated especially in government offices. You’re in line for hours with nothing better to do, this would be a great place to practice patience. Take a long deep breath, chant your personal mantra and work on your patience.
Write it down
Make a habit of writing everything, especially when you are sure you’ll remember it. From memories to quotes, ideas, and articles. Writing things down helps you stay more organized and makes you remember everything. Make lists to help you stay organized. How many times have you gone to the grocery store and convinced yourself that you will remember what you need and end up forgetting? This is why writing down things is important. It ensures you remember everything. Writing may not sound as easy as it sounds. Just write something small every day and with time you’ll gain momentum.
Practice saying no, limit who has access to you and your time. Saying no helps establish healthy boundaries. Embrace putting yourself first. Don’t say yes to people just because you’re afraid of disappointing them. Just remember every time you say yes when you want to say no you’re disrespecting yourself.
Plan your days ahead of time. You can use a daily planner, weekly planner, monthly, and annual planner to plan ahead. You can make a list of your goals, action plans, and tasks to help keep your life organized. This is one of the micro-habits that will change your life. Start with an easy task like planinng what you will wear the next day. You don’t need to finish everything on your to-do list on day one. Just start with easy tasks and work your way up. Set manageable tasks that will challenge you. If you plan for your days, you automatically get things done faster.
Watch your thoughts
Your thoughts are powerful, so what you think about has the power to make or break you. At times you will get negative thoughts, just brush them aside, divert your attention and start thinking about positive things. Negative thoughts are like a viscious cycle and you will end up spiraling.
Embrace rejection as you grow older. You will be rejected frequently and you should get used to it. Approach investors and employers, apply for jobs you don’t think you would get. The worst thing you can be told is no. Learn to ask for what you want, you might get it and you might not. And, it’s totally okay. Exposing yourself to rejection will build your character and it will make the ocassional yes so worthwhile.
Start eating to live and stop living to eat. You don’t have to completely change your diet overnight. Focus on getting rid of one unhealthy snack at a time then work your way up. Make it a habit to eat healthy. If you find it hard to drink water, there are recipes where you can infuse your water. Start by drinking one extra cup a day and build on it. Work eating mindfully into your routine.
Work on reducing your screen time so as to increase your productivity. Make an effort to know how much screentime you’re getting and plan on how you will reduce it. Chances are if you’re on your phone you’re on social media; facebook, pinterest, instagram, tiktok. You can reduce screen time by setting a limit on your social media applications. You can also choose to put your phone far from your sitting area. You’ll start to slowly realize you’re not missing much by constantly being on your phone.
Observe your patterns
You are your own worst enemy, if you criticize yourself more than you compliment yourself. You need to be accountable to yourself without being overly critical. Make a list of all your weaknesses and how you want to get rid of them. Pick one by one and start workin on them. Make a list of all positive traits you would also like to have and start working on them as well.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. These micro-habits will transform your life. Start implementing them and watch your life change significantly in a year or two.
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