Creating Micro-Habits that can Change Your Life

“The key to success is to start before you’re ready.” — Marie Forleo

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We all have habits we want to break, but trying to stop something we’ve been doing for so long is just so hard to do. I’ve learned that making small adjustments can build big change. Sometimes making small changes in other areas can also help us make other positive improvements that we didn’t know we needed. Here are some small steps that have the potential to produce big change and help you form new habits:

  1. Make your bed every morning and start the day off with a good breakfast (unless that’s not your thing, though I highly recommend it 😇). I find myself rushing out the door most mornings, bed unmade and an unsatisfying breakfast smoothie in hand because I hit “snooze” too many times. Cherish the time you have in the mornings; you’ll never get it back.
  2. If you’re someone who thrives off preparation (like me), then preparing the night before can help tremendously. Prepare your meals or the bulk of your food during the week that will save you time to accomplish the other things you want to get done. Pick your outfits out the night before, rehearse that presentation, or take whatever step you feel will give you an advantage.
  3. Stick to a schedule. For some, writing things down or committing to them on paper creates a form of accountability that ultimately leads to productivity. When you can continually check things off your list or complete the tasks you’ve planned out on your calendar, then you have more time to get other things done…even if it’s just relaxing on the couch reading your favorite book.
  4. Think about swapping instead of replacing. This micro-habit works especially well when making health changes. For instance, swap out soda for water or chocolate for a healthier dessert recipe. I make these amazing peanut butter bites I found on Pinterest and they’re a much healthier dessert option! The point is to remind yourself that you’re not taking something away or removing it, but are swapping it out for something better. You can still have the things you want, but anything in excess isn’t healthy. When you swap, you also have the potential to create a new habit where things like soda and chocolate aren’t as appealing anymore.
  5. Put small reminders or motivators in spaces you frequent. Positive quotes or subtle reminders can help remind you of the “why” behind your actions. My favorite quotes or even a vase of flowers can instantly change my mood.

What are some of your habits and how have you been able to transform them into something better? It can be tough to make big changes all at once, which is why it’s important to start small with micro-habits. Choose one and then start making adjustments from there.

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