Can a Small Habit be too Small?

I’m beginning to feel like my small habit might be too small. I’ve been doing it for 20 days now and I’m beginning to feel restless, like there’s more that I could be doing. Deja vu…

Milestone reached

We’re one-third of the way there guys! Officially just hit the 20 day mark.

Issues that came up during the week

Last week we didn’t have any issues, so we talked about how one small habit can lead to bigger changes. Despite having just talked about that, I’m beginning to feel like my small habit might be too small. I’ve been doing it for 20 days now and I’m beginning to feel restless, like there’s more that I could be doing. Deja vu to the beginning of the year anyone? I don’t want to ignore this feeling, but I don’t want to keep making the same mistakes over and over again, so I decided to hit the books…web pages…and find out what I can do to help alleviate this feeling. Check out what I found!

Research

This week, my research topic was “can a habit be too easy?” The answer I gathered? Yes and no. According to James Clear and Leo Babuta you actually should start small, so small in fact that “you can’t say no.” However, you shouldn’t remain small. James Clear lays it out in these steps to success:

  1. Start with an incredibly small habit.
  2. Increase your habit in very small ways.
  3. As you build up, break habits into chunks.
  4. When you slip, get back on track quickly.
  5. Be patient. Stick to a pace you can sustain.

In another article, James clear adds that when you increase your habit, make sure that it those increments are also extremely easy. So easy, in fact, that you might not even notice the change. The thing is not to worry about the outcome of the habit, just focus on actually doing it and you’ll be surprised at how quickly these little changes add up.

Changing the way I look at habits

After doing this research, I decided to change the way I look at habits, especially my current one. Taking showers is a small part of a larger habit, my morning routine (or what I hope my morning routine will be one day.) After thinking about it this way, I decided to sketch out what my ideal morning routine would look like. In order to do everything I’m wanting to do, I’m going to have to wake up at least 30 minutes earlier. That is going to be my first step. Taking the advice from my research, I’m going to shave off a minute each day from my wake up time until I reach 5:30am. Once that becomes “too easy” I will begin to solidify those extra habits that I’ve picked up from showering, making sure I’m doing those regularly. I have other plans too, but I’d like to see how these first two steps work out for me.

  • Step 1: Go from waking up at 6am to waking up at 5:30am. Shave off one minute of sleep every night until I get to that point.
  • Step 2: Solidify the extra habits I picked up from showering.

Next Milestone/Final thoughts

I’m going to continue on my milestone trend. I will not be starting over, but I will change the name of my habit to “Morning Routine” to help me wrap my head around my end goal. Next milestone is 30 days!

Check out my Facebook and Instagram pages for small updates throughout the week. Also, be sure to look for my updates as they’re posted!

Thanks for reading!

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