How can microhabits improve my life?
We all have both good & bad habits. They are things that happen totally automatically. For instance, maybe you always put your phone in the same pocket every time you go to the gym. Habits are generally a reflection of how we think and operate. We are not always aware of why we develop habits, while other habits are consciously made in an effort to start or stop doing something. We may make the decision to take a daily walk to start a healthy habit or decide to give up table salt to banish an unhealthy habit. Starting, stopping, and/or changing behaviors can help improve our lives.
What are micro habits?
Micro habits are small actions that require very little commitment. They are tied to larger goals that are much more ambitious and help make them achievable. IImagine you have the goal to read more. If you don’t already have the time set aside for reading, it may seem like you couldn’t possibly add reading to your long to do list. Creating the micro habit of reading one page per day is an excellent first step towards becoming an avid reader. Finding time in the day for one page in a book is nearly effortless. Once you establish the micro habit, it's easier to expand your reading over time.
Micro habits have been proven to be really effective for making changes.
Habits are things you repeat over and over to the point where they become automatic. Do you brush your teeth before bed? That’s a habit! Do you bite your nails too? That is too. Habits are good sometimes but some are also bad. They can be easier to break down into smaller actions that are more manageable if they’re one's self inclined. Micro habits are great for making changes because they require very little motivation or effort and have the staying power needed to shift behavior over time.
What's the Difference Between Micro and Regular Habits?
If you think about a habit as a system, it can help you better understand how your system may, or may not, be working well. If your system is big and complicated, it can be hard to stick to or could be missing important steps. Breaking things down into micro steps reduces activities and behaviors to very manageable micro habits. So, switching to vegetarianism may feel tough if you are used to eating meat for dinner every night, but starting your journey with one meatless meal each week is easy and can lead to a more sustainable habit.
Micro-habits are effortless and make a big difference when trying to change behavior. Smaller habits, done routinely over time, can make a big impact on your health and your overall lifestyle.
The challenges I offer are to help you shift and change your micro habits to impact your overall focus and productivity. Are you struggling with productivity? Check out my Purposely Productive 7 Day Challenge to help with simple daily action tasks to change how you approach your daily tasks.