10 Micro-Habits to Improve Your Life in the Next 10 Days
21 days is a lot to develop a habit. These micro-habits will change your life in 10 days.
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It takes backbreaking work to create a stunning life.
Sadly, people want instant success, instant fame, and instant money. I don’t believe that it takes 21 days to create a habit. No one wants to wait that long. So if you follow these micro-habits from today, you’ll get instant results within 10 days.
- Learn to say ‘No’ more
Get hold of your hours. Learn to say ‘No’ more. Each day will present you with tons of opportunities, but you must say ‘No’ to most of them to live a peaceful life.
Figure out your priorities and reject everything else. Don’t attend the call when you are talking with the client. Don’t take extra work just because your friend is offering it. Reject the client if you are already working on another project.
Once you start saying ‘No’ to unnecessary things, you’ll automatically say ‘Yes’ to things that matter most to you.
- Journal every day
Even if you’re not a writer, journaling every day will provide enormous benefits. Whether you have a business plan, new startup idea, an event that changed your life, jot it down with details in your journal. Once you build the habit of writing something every day, your mind will be trained to look for ideas and new insights in everything.
And most importantly, journaling daily will eliminate all your stress.
- Sit in silence
A normal human has around 6,200 thoughts each day which means 258 thoughts per hour. To make your mind at peace, you need to sit in silence each day for at least 5–10 minutes. If you can, meditate; otherwise, close your eyes and don’t think about anything. If thoughts arrive, let them; don’t fight them.
When you stop controlling your thoughts, that is when your mind will find peace.
- Don’t react; respond!
Most of us react to things that make things difficult for us. Instead of reacting, start responding to things.
When an event occurs, don’t react; take a step back, think about what outcome you want from the situation, and respond accordingly. For instance, if a co-worker shouts at you, in reaction, you can shout back. But who will benefit from it? Instead, if you think about maintaining a healthy relationship with that person, you will either remain silent or leave. That’s how you respond to a situation and take control of it.
- Take action, fast!
In her best-selling book The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbin talks about taking action for things that require less than 5 minutes. Need to reply to an email? Just do it. Have an amazing idea? Write it down. Found a solution while you’re showering, take a break and jot that down.
- Read a lot
One micro-habit that will change the course of your life is daily reading. Even if it’s an hour or half an hour each day, read everything that helps you grow personally, professionally, or financially.
If reading is too much for you, listen to an audiobook or podcast. Read, listen or watch a YouTube video from TED. For self-growth, reading plays a vital role in your life.
- Observe your patterns
Instead of blaming yourself for procrastination or unhealthy behavior, notice what prompted you to do so in the first place.
Observe and learn the patterns of your life. From waking up till you lie down to bed at night, notice what prompted you to get angry, what made you happy, and what irritated you throughout the day.
Once you understand yourself, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to do something to improve it.
- Stop complaining and start doing
No need to enroll in a course to make more money. With a laptop and internet, you can do that all in your home. Watch YouTube videos, talk to experts and join forums that you’re interested in.
If you plan on starting a business, join relevant groups and learn from people who are already successful. Your life will start changing the moment you stop complaining and start executing things.
- Drink lots of water
Don’t limit yourself to 8 glasses of water. Drink as much as you can. Apart from keeping you hydrated, water helps digestion, stabilizes the heartbeat, flushing bacteria from your bladder, protects organs and tissues, along with tons of other benefits.
- Begin each day with “What can I change today to make my life better?”
Get out of the habit of “how to get through this day?” and start your day with “How to improve my day today?” Do whatever improves your life. It must get you closer to your goal in life or makes you financially independent.
Start a small business. Pick a side-hustle. Help someone establish a business. Teach someone what you already know.
The good thing about micro-habits is that they are easy to develop. You don’t need long hours to develop it. You can take these habits and add them to your life.
What are the micro-habits that helped you improve your life? Share and let others learn from it.
CONTRIBUTED BY Yousuf Rafi
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