9 microhabits that will change your life in a year

Remember that small changes lead to big results. More often than not, we don’t achieve our goals because we try to change things drastically. It is better to move in small steps and gradually update your daily habits.

James Clear
Author of Atomic Habits.
Changes that seem small and insignificant at first will add up to amazing results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.

You’ve probably heard of something like this before, but hearing and doing are not the same thing. If you want to change your life, change your habits. Start with small changes.

1. Wean yourself from reacting immediately.

Yes, the world is speeding up all the time, but that doesn’t mean you always have to respond quickly to requests and offers. Don’t automatically agree to everything. Add the phrases “I’ll let you know” and “I’ll respond later” to your vocabulary.

It’s better to take some time to think about it than to realize you don’t need it when it’s too late. You’ll save yourself time and save yourself unnecessary frustration.

2. Complete at least one thing, even if you don’t want to.

Every day choose one small task which you don’t feel like doing, and force yourself to finish it. It can be anything: wash the dishes, go for a run or cook dinner at home instead of ordering fast food.

After a few days, you’ll notice that the problem isn’t a particular thing. Chances are, you’re just used to putting off things that cause discomfort.

And you will also see that it is enough to make the first step, and afterwards to bring everything to the end is no longer difficult. Once you’ve practiced on the small stuff, move on to the more serious stuff.

3. Spend one day a week without social media.

We get so used to the phone that it seems like a natural extension of the hand. And we often go to social networks when we are bored, sad or uncomfortable. We end up wasting a lot of time.

You don’t have to give up social media completely. The main thing is to use them in moderation. Try to spend one day a week without them, like Sunday. Go for a walk, do your favorite hobby or something else that interests you. You’ll notice that you have a lot to do without social media. And you’ll gradually start logging in less often on the other days, too.

4. Prepare for tomorrow the night before.

When there is a plan drawn up in advance, you cope with things faster. No magic, just logic.

In the evening, decide what you’re going to wear and pack a bag. Make a list of tasks, check your calendar for appointments and reminders. Do whatever you can to make the next day easier for yourself. Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get home, or before you go to bed.

5. Eat without distraction.

When we eat while working, reading or watching TV, we tend to eat more. And we can barely taste the food because we are distracted by other things.

Try eating separately from other activities. Chances are, you’ll notice that you’re tempted to pick up your phone or turn on some soap opera. Don’t give in.

6. Use a timer when performing work tasks.

The Pomodoro method can rightly be called the bible of productivity. “Tomato” timer helps you focus, and short breaks give you a chance to rest and recharge. Start with the standard intervals: 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of rest, and then find a rhythm that suits you.

7. Leave your phone at the other end of the room at night.

If it’s lying next to the bed, the temptation to put the alarm off and take a nap will be higher. Protect yourself from this.

If the phone is lying far away, you’ll have to get up to silence it. And there you will remember how many things you need to do today, feel hungry or thirsty. Either way, it will be easier to start the day.

8. Don’t buy as soon as you like something.

Follow two rules. First, if you like something, wait a few days to buy it. If during that time it does not seem that you really need it, go back to the store. Of course, we are not talking about what you were intentionally going for or what you were looking for a long time.

Second, don’t rush into a sale. Marketers know very well how our brains work and how pleased we are to find a bargain. To avoid buying too much, ask yourself: “Would I pay full price for this?” If the answer is no, pass it by.

9. Write down all your ideas.

They come up in the most unexpected places, and we think we’ll remember them. But usually they soon fly out of our heads, and then we agonize, trying to remember what important things we wanted to do or what new approach we thought to try at work. To prevent this from happening, make a habit of writing down all ideas, even those that seem insignificant.