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Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

“Mini habits generate motivation”

This book had a great effect on me. I highly recommend it if you are one of those people who always says, “I want to work out at least x times a week. I want to write at least x amount per day. I want to eat healthier, read more, get better at piano, etc,” but it’s been ten years and you still ARE NOT that person. That’s me. And I’m still saying those things ten years later. If it didn’t happen in the last ten years, why will it happen in the next?

Hello “mini habits.”

Mini Habits are “laughably small” or “stupid small” versions of a bigger habit you would like to develop. The idea of developing small habits means you’re getting the hardest part out of the way: the decision making. Once you’re doing the action, you are much likelier to continue ding it. That’s the theory in a nutshell. You can get a much more expanded explanation with reasons in Mini Habits (the book).

Since starting this book, I’ve adapted several mini habits like: 1. Playing one song cover to cover on the piano (since practice 30 minutes always seemed like a mountain of a task) 2. Write 50 words a day (since 200 and even 2000 seemed overwhelming) 3. Read two pages a day (since read for one hour before bed feels daunting at the end of the day) and 4. Exercise or do five minutes of yoga

I am happy to say that so far after a few days, the method is working. I know, I know, a couple of days is nothing. It takes much longer to develop a habit. However, I have discovered that the minuteness of the habit makes it easy to start, and then I am often encouraged to keep going since I’ve already started.

This book is such a quick read, there’s no reason NOT to read it!


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