Are you a person that it takes a lot to motivate and get going? Great. Micro habits are an action that requires minimal motivation or effort to complete. The idea is over time; a micro habit will slowly build on top of itself and result in something significant.
The first example of micro-habits, is reading. You have maybe never been reading before, but anyone can read a single page of a book before they go to bed. It is not reading one page of the book that is important, rather it is forming the habit. It’s nearly impossible to make an excuse not to take a minute for reading a page of a book. Thus, the habit begins to form. Sometimes it can be a struggle (especially after long days), but remember — it’s only one page. Eventually, you will slowly be able to increase the volume in five-minute increments to get to forty-five minutes of reading a night.
Another micro-habit that can enrich your life is meditation. If you always have a cluttered mind and want to start doing something to clear your thoughts, breathing exercises can be your path to a clear mind.
To kick off the meditation process, you can start by meditating for a minute in the morning and at night. Establishing the process can help you make it a part of your routine. After a little while, you will be able to meditate for fifteen minutes in the morning and a half an hour at night, and enjoy every second of it!
WHY MICRO-HABITS WORK
At heart, micro-habits are about forming routines.
The beauty of micro-habits is that they’re so simple, you can’t say no to them or make any excuse not to follow through with them. As humans, we often overestimate what we think we can accomplish, but then we give up the moment reality sets in, and life gets complicated.
Micro-habits are all about preventing you from giving up due to something being too ‘hard.’
When practiced consistently, you can do something without even having to think about it. Micro-habits you probably already ingrained into your daily life include brushing your teeth, taking a shower, making a morning cup of coffee, etc.
HOW YOU CAN START USING MICRO-HABITS
Pick something you want to do and improve on. Then determine the path of least resistance to be able to accomplish your goal. From there, determine what micro-habit you can start doing today to kick off your goal.
This micro-habit will set you on your journey from making a dream become a habit.