Mini Habits / Goals
I admit that there are days when I simply do not want to exercise, eat well or be bothered with household chores.
Goals go out the window and I feel I have to start afresh to get back on track.
Motivation can be at all time low and no matter how much I know what is good for me it is simply not enough.
How was I going to stop this happening?
I was looking for a book to read on my Kindle when I found a book I had bought 2 years ago. Mini Habits.
I sat down and started reading, slowly the idea made sense.
You want to exercise and set a goal to work out for 30 minutes a day but life steps in and 30 minutes is simply not possible, you feel you have failed in your commitment and your consistency is dashed.
The trick is this.
Break down the exercise into a mini habit/goal, make it so small it is simply ridiculous.
Set an amount that you can do on the worst day possible.
One push-up ( for me that is counter top push-up, get onto the floor I won’t get back up in hurry).
Walk to the end of the garden and back.
Drink 1 glass of water.
Do one chore.
Eat 1 piece of fruit.
Have 1 portion of fresh vegetables.
You want write in your journal daily! set an word amount for each day. make it manageable. 50 words a day, still too much okay make it 20 words. Chances are you will write more than that.
You get the idea make the goal so small you will exceed it but the minimum you can do is ONE or with writing 20 words.
Daft right! yes it is daft, but you know what! it works.
Because you have completed your mini habit each day you feel good and that carries forward so you do it again and again. Eventually you are walking for 30 minutes, doing your chores and eating and drinking that is best for you and writing more.
On the bad days you still do something so the goal is not broken as you will probably exceed the minimum even on a bad day. But if the minimum is all you can manage that is fine you have completed the goal.
Another thing I learnt was do not have too many mini habits on the go at first, pick just one and work on that then add another. This way you slowly build up good habits that really do stick.
The positive feeling you have when you can see that by then of the day you have done that simple mini habit is a really good feeling.
I don’t have a set time to do my mini habit as something may step in to stop me doing it at that time.
Instead I make sure I do it before bedtime even if that is late in the day, it does not matter I did it and that is all that counts.
I had this book waiting for me to re-discover until the time was right. The time was now and having put it into practice I can honestly say it works for me.
I am still working on one mini habit and enjoy the feeling of success. More mini habits will be slowly added until I have good habits that outweigh the bad ones.