How many of us have things in life that we wish to do but not able to act on it on a daily basis? Yeah! Most of us have. We only have a certain amount of time and energy, so it's quite obvious some gems from the 'wanted list' slip off. What if you can manage practicing guitar, read books, do yoga, cook, and exercise daily while working on your business or job?. I am able to achieve that, so could you.
Let's have a look at how we can acquire the fabulous outcome of accomplishing all the goals you set in your life. The idea is all about setting up Tiny habits.
A few years ago, I wanted to include yoga into my daily routine and make it a daily habit. So I decided, from today, I will do yoga for 30 minutes a day. Obviously, that didn't work out. I made ridiculous excuses for not even attempting to do it. Then I would often feel guilty that I couldn't meet my goal. That guilt resulted in setting an even bigger goal of 60 minutes of yoga every day. Well! I couldn't bring myself to even attempt the 30 minutes plan, let alone 60 minutes. Then I realized the goals I was setting for myself were a bit big for me to chew. A new plan was born! Instead of doing yoga for 30 minutes, a reduced 5 minutes of yoga plan has been confirmed. A 5 minutes routine was nothing. Still, it was a start. It didn't matter, how busy or tired I was, I was able to keep at it.
One major problem people have is, we expect too much from ourselves. As a result of these expectations, we don't get any job done. To elaborate, imagine you decide to read a book for an hour. Then you realize you have only 30 minutes to spare. What would you do?. Most people wouldn't read at all because the goal they set was for an hour. So instead of getting 30 minutes of reading time, the outcome was zero minutes of reading. High expectations are preventing people from what they set out to do which is indeed a wrong approach. This is where our Tiny habits come into play.
Tiny habits are habits where the expectation levels are too low, that you can do them easily on a daily basis without fail. Habits are essentially dopamine-driven feedback loops. When dopamine rises, so does our motivation to act. Reading a page of a book can release dopamine as well because you just completed a goal you had set.
Tiny habits are easier to stick
You may think, doing 5 minutes of yoga daily is so irrelevant that it won't contribute much value to life. So why do it? Well, that's not necessarily the case. Even in small doses, I was able to get them done for a longer period of time and create habits that actually sticks. When I started yoga, it was for 5 minutes a day which turned to 30 minutes a day. So by making the habit tiny, I was able to make it stick.
The driving force.
As per Newton's law, objects at motion tend to stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless an external force is applied. If you are procrastinating now, it would be difficult to come out of it without an external force. Tiny habits act as that external force that drives you easily out of rest state.
Starting something is the biggest problem when it comes to productivity. Tiny habits make the whole prospect easy by helping you start the task and keep at it. So keep at it, never underestimate the power of tiny deeds. They work wonders.