It is the first month of a brand new year and I am sure that you have set goals, intentions or resolutions. Did you know that 80% of all New Year resolutions are likely to fail before the end of February? When you set goals, you want to stick to your intents all year round; you need to make sure they are achievable.
It can be really easy to fall into the trap of making huge lists of goals, habits or intentions you have for the year. You do not need to set all these at the start of the New Year; you can make changes and set goals throughout the year. Starting small with micro habits can be a great way to start making positive changes in your life.
What Is A Micro Habit?
Micro habits are actions that require minimum motivation or effort to complete. The idea is that over time, a micro habit will slowly build up on top of itself and result in something significant. Micro habits are small but mighty catalysts for change. Making positive changes comes from starting small. They are an opportunity to prove to yourself ‘I can do this!’ which turns into momentum.
Setting yourself micro habits to start practising can be simple especially with the help of a habit tracker which can hold you accountable. If you are struggling with what micro habits you can start this year, here are my 9 suggestions to help you be more organised and that will positively change your life:
1. Make Your Bed Every Morning
If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the ay. It will give you a sense of pride and it will then encourage you to do another and another. Making your bed helps to reinforce the importance of life’s finer details.
It may be a small accomplishment, but making your bed sets the tone for the rest of your day. It also encourages you to keep your bedroom tidy. A well-made bed helps the rest of your room look styled; you are them more likely to feel more inspired to be clean and tidy. A clear and tidy room has been known to improve relaxation and sleep. Take those few minutes in the morning to make our bed; it has far more benefit than you think.
2. Delay Your Reactions
Life can be really fast-paced and you can be swept up in the momentum. However, this does not mean that your reactions have to be instant i.e. in the moment.
When you are asked a question or extended an invitation, you should learn to say ‘I will get back to you on this’, or ‘I will let you know later’ and other similar statements. Instead of saying yes to an offer straight away, take a few minutes to think about it and make sure that it will fit into your schedule. This will allow you to save time and avoid any disappointment in the future.
Your delayed reactions are so beneficial during a disagreement or argument. Taking a step back to sit with your emotions and what has been said can help you to not only avoid saying something that you will regret, but to gather your thoughts to then work through the issue.
3. Prepare Your Day The Night Before
If you plan the night before for the following day, you are going to be less stressed and already start your day productively.
It takes a few minutes of your evening to plan your outfit, make sure your bag is ready and any important tasks are ready for the following day. You can plan these things the most efficiently with a planner or calendar hat you can use for reference. Planning the night before can also mean a few extra minutes in bed so it’s a win-win!
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4. Take Movement Breaks
In between tasks it can be so easy to take social media and scroll; I am so guilty of this! However, instead of reaching for your phone, you should get u and move. It can be hard because it can become second nature to reach for your phone. It can be as simple as gentle stretching of your body, or doing a small task that requires physical movement which energises your body and helps to reset your mind. You can then return to your workload with a renewed sense of motivation.
5. Sit Up Straight
When you sit or stand with correct posture, it naturally puts less stress on your whole musculoskeletal system. Sitting or standing in a neutral position rather than hunched over will mean that you do not strain your hips, shoulders, neck and back.
There are so many benefits to you ensuring you practising good posture including:
- Reduced lower back pain
- Fewer headaches
- Improved circulation and digestion
- Less tension in your shoulders and neck
- Increased energy levels
Your posture can affect your physical and your mental health. It is important that you are aware of the strains you out on your body when you are sitting or standing.
6. Tidy Your Space Before Bed
A cluttered space can mean a cluttered mind. Your environment can have a big impact on your mental health and your ability to relax.
Taking the time before you get ready for bed to clear away any mess will help you to create a relaxing room to fall asleep in. It has been proven that having a tidy room helps you to fall and stay asleep. When you have a better night’s sleep, you will feel energised, motivated and creates positive feelings which aid good mental health.
7. Say No When You Want To
Do you avoid saying no even when you really want to? We can all be guilty of agreeing to things we didn’t want to do or ended up not wanting. I don’t know about you, but I would feel guilty if I was to say no. however, that is not healthy and can lead to a busier schedule which ca be overwhelming and cause unnecessary stress.
Mastering the art of saying no can be difficult, but well worth learning because there are so many reasons to be doing what you want to. Learning to say responses such as: ‘That sounds great, but unfortunately, my schedule is too busy right now’, or ‘I would love to, but I will have to pass as I do not have any free time currently’. It is important that you balance your schedule to ensure that you have time to yourself.
8. Unfollow Or Mute Social Media Accounts
Social media is hugely popular and the majority of people have at least one social media platform. There has been a lot discussion about the effects of social media on mental health.
So, filtering your social media followers can be really beneficial. You want to unfollow all accounts that don’t make you feel inspired, happy or confident. Surrounding yourself with positive accounts is going to help boost your self-esteem and your self-worth.
Taking the time to unsubscribe to unwanted emails and monthly subscriptions can help you to save money and avoid having an overwhelming amount of emails to work through each week. Reducing the unwanted emails will mean that you are far less likely to miss important emails that you need to see.
These are just 9 micro habits that are simple to introduce to your routines, but can have a huge positive impact on 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.