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7 Small Habits that Will Change Your Life

It’s hard to imagine sometimes that small things can have such a deep impact. But if you’ve ever doubted the impact of tiny actions then think about how erosion created the Grand Canyon. Over time, something as small as sand, water, and rock have created one of the most awesome of nature’s miracles.

So too will small habits affect your life in such a way as to create lasting and significant change. Read on and find some habits you can start implementing immediately that will begin reshaping you into the person that you’ve always been meant to be.

1. Get up on time.

Starting the day with multiple hits of the snooze alarm sets a bad tone for the rest of the day. You obviously set the alarm with the intention of rising at that hour – why are you breaking that promise to yourself? By getting up on time, you’re putting a positive start on the day. Shouldn’t you give yourself the best odds of a good day as possible?

2. Eat healthily at every meal.

It’s hard to feel energized when you’re slogging along on a diet filled with fats and sugars. When you put more healthy choices onto your plate, you will feel better. Your mind will be sharper, and you’ll be better energized to get through the day. Start small. Add a salad to your meal. Or replace dessert with that piece of fruit instead.

3. Exercise.

Before you get caught up on thinking you need a lot of fancy equipment or huge time investment to feel good, think again. Start small. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator.

4. Read more.

Dedicating a half hour of every day to your mind means that you’re constantly sharpening your saw and exposing yourself to new ideas. Pick books that inspire you or encourage you to think.

5. Realize you’re an ‘idea’ person.

Make a goal of writing down a few ideas every day. Some researchers suggest ten but even one new idea a day means that you’ve got source material to draw from when you’re looking for something with which to challenge yourself.

6. Become more mindful. Meditate.

Even starting small has the positive impact of reducing stress, lowering your heart rate, and bringing a mind that’s running in a million directions at once back on track.

7. Think about your day.

When you finish the day, reflect on your accomplishments. Focus on the things you’re proud of, on the things that made you smile.

None of these items should take very long – even 15 or 30 minutes a day on some of these is enough to create lasting change.

What you’re going to find out very quickly is that by practicing these habits you’ll not only feel better, you’ll like the person that you’re becoming. That is building ‘you’ at your best. If a small change can do all that, then isn’t it time you got started?

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Leave the Job You Hate with These 3 Easy Mini Habits

With roughly 2/3 of Americans in a job that doesn’t satisfy or that they even actively dislike, is it any wonder that so many of us make resolutions that involve finding a new job?

The problem is, the task seems almost insurmountable. How does one go about finding a new job while still maintaining the old? It’s hard enough to get through the things you do every day without adding in a lot of job applications and interviews, isn’t it?

The good news is that by engaging in mini-habits that it’s fully possible to find a new job in no time at all. Let’s take a look at several mini-habits that will change how you engage in your job search.

1. Start with just one job.

Instead of being hyper-focused on finding that perfect job today, try spending your time on finding that one job that is a match for your skills or in your desired field. Save that job in a folder so that you can find it later and then move on to step two.

2. Work on only one application.

You’re not trying a scattershot approach here. Go to your job folder and pull out one of those jobs you’ve saved. Today your focus is on working on one application, not all of them. If the application is long, then set a time limit. You’re only going to spend half an hour on it today and then another half hour on it tomorrow. Turn in the application when it’s finished.

3. Practice your mad job skills.

Now that you’ve gotten in some applications, it’s time to spend a little time on your technique when it comes to wowing the interviewer.

Have a friend help you with practicing interview questions or work in front of a mirror. Again, this is meant to be a mini-habit so don’t get all caught up in spending hours in front of the mirror. Instead, commit to 2 – 3 minutes every day. That’s long enough to formulate an answer to a question or to read an article on acing that interview.

Your new job is out there right now, waiting for you to find it. But you don’t have to spend hours every day to get there.

By dedicating a small portion of each day on the job hunt, you’re sure to find success, and probably sooner than you think.

Isn’t it time you put mini-habits to work in a way that not only assures a steady paycheck, but that brings a job that will give meaning and satisfaction to your life?

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5 Mini Habits for Weight Loss

When wanting to lose weight, it’s so very easy to give up before you even begin. Just the word “diet” is enough to make anybody break out in hives, and that whole exercise thing seems

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4 Powerful Benefits of Mini Habits

If you haven’t heard of mini habits, you’re in for a treat. Imagine making only small adjustments in your life, and still managing to create impactful and meaningful change. The mini habit is just what

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5 Mini Habits for Weight Loss

When wanting to lose weight, it’s so very easy to give up before you even begin. Just the word “diet” is enough to make anybody break out in hives, and that whole exercise thing seems like not only a huge commitment, but it’s impossible to know where to begin. The problem here isn’t you; it’s your view of losing weight. Becoming healthier doesn’t have to be a great big overwhelming change. Successful weight loss starts with mini habits and then builds from there.

What are some small changes that will help you lose weight fast?

1. Start the day correctly.

That means eating breakfast every day. Focus on protein and don’t forget the fiber for a meal with a healthy impact. For bonus points, ditch the variety. Believe it or not, eating the same thing every day will promote weight loss.

2. Serve it up small.

By eating off of smaller plates, it’s easier to keep the portion size under control. Also, psychologically it’s helpful because the plate looks full when you sit down, making you feel like you’re getting more food than you are.

3. What about the ambiance?

While eating in a darkened room by candlelight is romantic, eating in the dark has the side effect of you not paying attention to what you’re eating and how much. That’s why it’s so easy to go through an entire huge bucket of popcorn at the movies. By turning on the lights, you’re more mindful of what’s on your plate, and how much you’re eating.

4. Check your snacks.

Feeling hungry? Snacking should never be banned outright. But, again, paying attention to your choices makes all the difference. Eating yogurt or grabbing a piece of fruit or some veggies with a dab of your favorite dip will not only serve to fill you up but will give you energy where sugar tends to leave you feeling bloated and crashing later on.

5. Don’t skip dessert.

Yes, you read that correctly. By denying your favorite treats, you only set yourself up for failure. There’s nothing wrong with having a small serving of cake, or a half scoop of ice cream. Moderation is the key.

Keep an eye on the portions and remember that you don’t want to exceed about 150 calories per serving.

Building healthy habits is easier than you think, especially when you start small.

By being consistent, your new mini habits will add up to one big change: a more confident, healthier and trimmer you.

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4 Powerful Benefits of Mini Habits

If you haven’t heard of mini habits, you’re in for a treat. Imagine making only small adjustments in your life, and still managing to create impactful and meaningful change.

The mini habit is just what it sounds like – it’s taking the premise that doing a whole lot of small things will eventually add up to something amazing. Think, for example, of what would happen if you only read a couple of news articles every day?

Before you know it, you’d have accomplished the goal of becoming more informed, and would be better able to handle discussions about current events.

Mini habits don’t stop there though. Not only can your mini habit change how you get things done, but they impact your mind and body as well. Read on to discover the powerful benefits of Mini-habits.

1. You create an atmosphere of success.

By setting small goals, you’re much more likely to meet them. So instead of telling yourself that you’re going to return all your phone calls promptly, you instead focus on returning the next phone call on time. That takes off the huge expectations that always felt so daunting in the past and left you with a feeling of failure when you couldn’t quite make it. 

What’s even better is that meeting these small goals means you get to where you start expecting success, which leads to the mindset that will generate that success you’re expecting.

2. You change how you view your capabilities.

By accomplishing mini goals, you start to realize that you do have the ability and power to accomplish things. Your confidence grows, and you gain a better, more positive sense of your abilities.

3. You rediscover motivation.

Motivation is sometimes hard to come by and gets used up quickly. That’s why mini habits are important as they don’t rely on motivation to accomplish things, they grow from willpower instead. Then as you reach those goals, you start to feel the energy of that success, which in turn creates motivation to keep going.

4. You create a series of changes that you will carry with you your entire life.

Mini habits done daily will build up those larger habits that you’ve been trying to build all along. Like starting with a single push-up every day and creating almost as a by-product that habit of daily exercise that had seemed so daunting not all that long ago.

Mini habits not only change how we do things but change how we think and act. By making a practice of following mini-habits, you will affect some pretty major change.

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3 Tiny Habits That Will Positively Change Your Day

It’s proven time, and again that small actions and tiny habits can have a significant impact. If you don’t believe that, then throw a pebble into a pond on a calm day and watch how the ripples spread in all directions for what seems forever.

So too, small habits can create a lasting impact that will resonate for the rest of your day. Don’t believe it? Then try these three things and prepare to be amazed.

1. Make your bed every morning.

As a child, the act of making a bed almost seemed like a punishment, but it served a purpose that you might not have realized. By taking the time in the morning to make your bed, the bedroom does take on a neater appearance. But, you’re also starting the day with an accomplishment that will launch you into a feeling of success, which you carry throughout the rest of the day.

2. Banish your cell phone from the bedroom.

Before you panic, you should think about recent research about reading before bed. The studies found that people who used something with a screen like a phone or a tablet had a much harder time falling asleep at night, had a significant decrease in REM sleep, and felt less tired when they lay down to sleep. Why? As it turns out, the light from the screen suppresses the creation of melatonin in your brain which is what helps you to relax and get a good night’s rest. By not using your phone or other screens directly before bed, you’ll ensure a good night for a better tomorrow.

3. Assess your day.

Before closing your eyes take a moment to think about, or even to journal about the day as a whole – though don’t get too caught up in writing pages and pages of notes. Practice five-minute journaling to express what’s important and leave out the rest. Focus on the things you accomplished. Allow gratitude to creep into your thoughts. Let your mind unwind. The goal here is to relax and let go of the day.

If you do find that you can’t help but think about tomorrow, then take a moment to jot a quick list of your goals so that you can release those as well. Bedtime should be a time of shutting down gently.

Small habits can be used to change how you begin – and end – your day.

By being more deliberate with actions in your life, and following mini-habits, you will find that you’re readier to face tomorrow, with an energy and enthusiasm that you previously lacked.

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Proof That Small Habits Really Do Make Big Changes

Today you decide to park farther away from your office building than you usually do. It seems like a small thing. But you do the same thing every single day, and after a while, you start to notice something. That walk isn’t quite so laborious that it used to be. You’re feeling better, even stronger than you ever did before. And all you did was park a little further away.

Small habits pack a great deal of power which is not easily spotted or even understood. It might even seem ridiculous to eschew all the great big changes you’ve wanted to make in your life in favor of mini-habits.

To understand how small habits do have the power to make big changes in your life, you first have to understand how you form habits.

How to form habits

  • Continually repeating things is the key. Studies have shown that our brains will start doing certain things automatically – specific things that we’ve done many times before. These are called habits, and once formed, they’re very difficult to undo.
  • There’s no magic number. Doing something for 30 days or three weeks or any other magic number that you’ve heard does not automatically form a habit. Believe it or not, you will have to repeat your actions anywhere from 18 – 254 days to build that habit. And much as we’d like to predict how long that habit will take to form, there’s no way to tell which ones will take longer, or even why.
  • Habits require two things: Motivation and willpower. Motivation is what gets done what you need to, and willpower is what drives your ability to keep doing the action you wish to make a habit so that it has a chance to become that habit.

But studies from many prestigious universities have shown that motivation is fleeting and willpower a finite resource. So what can you do to make habit formation easier?

How to develop good habits in life

You forget about creating great big habits and bypass the process completely.

Mini habits have the power to change your life by slipping in under the radar. By setting small goals, you find it easier to accomplish your goals. That builds up your confidence, which gives you the ability to harness more willpower which in turn motivates you toward change.

That means your small habits, really do make big changes when used in combination with one another. Over time you create new patterns of behavior and accomplish your goals.

With this in mind, you can no longer fail.

Small habits do indeed make a difference.

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Habit Tracker Excel Template

If you came here looking for a habit tracker Excel template, chances are you are wanting to create better habits.

What if I told you that you could succeed with small habits?

After trying and failing so many times to create the new, more positive habits you crave, is it any wonder that by now you’re probably a little gun-shy about the process? But the truth is, most attempts at forming new habits fail, simply because you’ve tried to bite off more than you can chew.

Using small habits instead, you approach your life in a new way, by taking charge in tiny bite-size chunks. Meaning that not only is change possible but so is the ability to become that person you always knew you could be.

How do you create a small habit successfully?

8 steps to success with small habits:

  1. Don’t try to change the world overnight. Start with just one new habit and then go from there.
  2. Make a commitment. Not every habit is created equal, and some take longer to embed in your mind than others. But, one thing is true. The longer you perform the same activity day after day, the more success you will have in creating that habit. Decide right now that you’re going to give this new habit at least 3 – 4 weeks to give it a proper start.
  3. Link the habit to something that already works. If you have a successful habit already in place, ask yourself what small thing you can attach to that habit. For example, you might already be brushing your teeth every day. How hard would it be to add flossing to that routine?
  4. Keep it small. Knowing that most habit formation fails because you’re trying to do too much too soon, then make a point to keep the changes very small. Mini-habits have a much higher rate of success than trying to create a great big change.
  5. Have a disaster plan in place. Knowing that things are going to go wrong from the start helps you to be ready when they do. Can’t jog today because it’s raining? That’s ok, you’ve got an entirely different workout in place as a Plan B.
  6. Grab a friend. The only way to keep on track, especially when building habits, is to use your network. Have an accountability partner or use social media to keep you honest.
  7. Reward yourself. Celebrate every little milestone with a reward, something that makes sense and will encourage you to keep going when you’re flagging.
  8. Redefine yourself. Accept that this is the new you. The habits you’re building are going to change who you are – hopefully for the better. Embrace the new identity.

By following these steps, you not only will succeed when applying small habits to your life but over time you’ll see some amazing growth and development as a person. That’s pretty exciting, especially when you consider how little you had to do to get there.

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The Big Bundle of Printable Habit Trackers 🖨

If you’re here looking for printable habit trackers, welcome and congratulations on wanting to create good habits!

Before you download the habit tracker bundle, let’s talk about mini-habits for a minute…

If you haven’t heard of mini-habits, you’re in for a treat. Imagine making only small adjustments in your life, and still managing to create impactful and meaningful change.

The mini-habit is just what it sounds like – it’s taking the premise that doing a whole lot of small things will eventually add up to something amazing.

Think, for example, of what would happen if you only read a couple of news articles every day? Before you know it, you’d have accomplished the goal of becoming more informed, and would be better able to handle discussions about current events.

Mini-habits don’t stop there though. Not only can your mini-habit change how you get things done, but they impact your mind and body as well. Read on to discover the powerful benefits of Mini-habits.

4 Powerful Benefits of Mini-Habits

You create an atmosphere of success.

By setting small goals, you’re much more likely to meet them. So instead of telling yourself that you’re going to return all your phone calls promptly, you instead focus on returning the next phone call on time. That takes off the huge expectations that always felt so daunting in the past and left you with a feeling of failure when you couldn’t quite make it.

What’s even better is that meeting these small goals means you get to where you start expecting success, which leads to the mindset that will generate that success you’re expecting.

You change how you view your capabilities.

By accomplishing mini-goals, you start to realize that you do have the ability and power to accomplish things. Your confidence grows, and you gain a better, more positive sense of your abilities.

You rediscover motivation.

Motivation is sometimes hard to come by and gets used up quickly. That’s why mini-habits are important as they don’t rely on motivation to accomplish things, they grow from willpower instead. Then as you reach those goals, you start to feel the energy of that success, which in turn creates motivation to keep going.

You create a series of changes that you will carry with you your entire life.

Mini-habits done daily will build up those larger habits that you’ve been trying to build all along. Like starting with a single push-up every day and creating almost as a by-product that habit of daily exercise that had seemed so daunting not all that long ago.

Mini-habits not only change how we do things but change how we think and act. By making a practice of following mini-habits, you will affect some pretty major change.

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