“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed!”
So, we’re half way through 2021 and what better time to review your New Year’s Resolutions. What? You ditched them by 3rd January. Oh, wait you were better than that, you kept up the good work until the end of January. Congratulations!
The reason I am being so tongue in cheek about reviewing NYRs is because we all know that we start the year with the best of intentions and then slowly but surely the wheels drop off. The main reason for this is because you’re doing TOO MUCH and making TOO MANY CHANGES, TOO QUICKLY!
From past experience my NYRs have encompassed more than one thing, and have typically been huge changes. They have included such boomerang style activities as losing weight, getting fit, giving up booze, walking to work and saving money, to name but a few. Of course, I’ve always wanted this to happen yesterday, so to add to my huge challenges I have allowed myself totally unrealistic achievement time frame too.
Does any of that sound familiar? Well, it’s taken me a while to learn, but I’m here to wave my magic wand and tell you all about the wonders of micro-habits!
What are Micro-habits?
Micro-habits – as the name might suggest – is the use of teeny tiny habits that, over time, mount up to make a big difference. And the beauty of micro-habits is that they don’t take up too much of your time or energy, and can be used to break your goals into manageable chunks. If you’re already familiar with Manifesting and the Law of Attraction, micro-habits will support you in the often missed out bit of the Manifesting equation… ACTION. Each little tiny micro-habit acts as an action towards your desired Manifestation.
What kind of Micro-habits should I be doing?
Now micro-habits can be whatever you want them to be but here are some of my fave micro-habits;
- Be grateful. Write down three things that you’re grateful for from your day. I often talk about an attitude of gratitude on my blog, but it’s a very power activity if done regularly. The key thing to remember is that you must always try and be positive, not matter how your day has gone. This activity really helps you reframe even the worst days.
- Refuse once a week! That’s right, just say no. This can be at work or in your personal life. Remember you can’t drink from an empty cup so by having the courage to say no when being asked to do something really puts you back in control. The best way to refuse is when something just doesn’t vibe with you, feel right or doesn’t excite you. And once you start refusing, you will realise how empowering and liberating it feels.
- Manage your money. It’s not always easy to know where your money is coming from or more importantly where it’s going to. And if you want to save for the future you need to be clear about these things, so that you can save successfully. There’s loads of apps out there to help you with this; your bank might even have one. Just get clear on your finances; know what you can spend and what you can save.
- Stand up every hour. Of all the micro-habits on the list, this is by far my favourite. I do this regularly (like once an hour actually) and at work I go into the ladies and do a few exercises. It really gets the blood pumping; so, when I’m dancing around waving my hands above my head in the cubicle it makes me LOL.
- Do it now! If a task takes less than five minutes, then do it straight away, this saves you from procrastinating about it and putting it off. Loading the dishwasher – less than five minutes. Putting the laundry on – less than five minutes. Putting the bins out – less than five minutes. Make your bed – less than five minutes (see the next point for making your bed). These are just three of a myriad of things that take less than five minutes. Get it done. Move on!
- Make your bed. “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed” Admiral William McRaven famously said this in a speech. This might seem like a little thing that doesn’t matter. It might seem like something that’s a waste of time, but it sets you in the right mood for the rest of the day. If you don’t achieve anything else that day, you will have a nice tidy, comfy bed to get into.
These things aren’t, in themselves, going to change the world, but they teach you about the size of your action steps to set you on a path towards accomplishment of goals. And, if like me you have suffered with depression, one of the hardest things is to do is to motivate yourself to do anything. These tiny little micro-habits support you to motivating yourself, because they’re small and take up almost no time to do.