“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Madame Marie du Deffand
Making a positive change in your life does not have to be about making a huge leap.
But I believe that belief is one of those things that hold people back from improving their life and world.
A simpler way that more often results in actual action being taken and new habits being established – in my life at least – is to take smaller steps but many of them.
So today I’d like to share 10 quick habits that can help you to change your life in just 2 minutes or so a day.
Through these small steps you can start to build habits that become stronger and over time can change your life in ways you perhaps can’t imagine now.
To remember to actually do one of the things below each day I recommend writing down a simple reminder.
Put it on your nightstand so that you see it when you wake up each morning. Or put the note in your workspace so you see it early in your day.
If you like and if possible, expand on the small habit after a week or two and do it for just a few more minutes a day.
1. Just start working for 2 minutes on your most important task.
I use this one at least one day every week.
On some days I simply don’t feel like getting started with work. I’d much rather stay lazily on the sofa.
So on such days I just start to work for 2 minutes on my most important task.
That is the deal.
The thing is: getting started is pretty much always the hardest part.
After I have started moving and been at work for those 2 minutes it is usually pretty easy to just continue working on that task.
2. Review and appreciate your day at the end of it.
If you do good things during the day and get things done then that can raise your self-esteem. If you reflect upon that you have done so that is.
So take two minutes of the end of your workday. Appreciate what you did and what you thought.
That is what I will do when I am done with this article and workday.
3. Set a low bar for happiness for the day.
One thing I like to tell myself when I wake up in the morning is this: “Have a low bar for happiness today.”
As I tell myself this and try to keep it in mind during the day I appreciate things more.
The food, my work, the weather, the small events of the day becomes not everyday stuff but something I feel happy to have.
The small or what may be something one takes for granted becomes something I now…