Aristotle said, “Habit’s but a long practice,” which “becomes men’s nature in the end.”
Our lifestyles are the total of our habits. Some may say that by changing your habits, you can change your life–and that’s exactly what Arianna Huffington set out to do.
Two years into building The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington found herself burned out and exhausted. She decided to prioritize her well-being and decipher the connection between well-being, performance, and productivity.
Her new company, Thrive Global, created small, actionable, and science-backed steps to make immediate changes in your daily life.
Research shows that starting small makes new habits more likely to stick. The small steps are, simply put, too small to fail.
She gives humble founders and big-shot executives the same advice: “We need to have a mindset shift and stop believing the delusion that in order to be successful you need to be always on and available 24/7, that you need to deprioritize yourself.”
Here are 10 of Huffington’s favorite microsteps:
- Pick a time at night when you turn off your devices — and gently escort them out of your bedroom.
- Set an alarm for 30 minutes before your bedtime.
- Sit down when you eat, even for a few minutes.
- Turn a sit-down meeting into a walking meeting.
- Turn off all your notifications, except from those who need to reach you.
- Do an audit of your phone’s home screen to reduce time-sapping distractions.
- Let yourself be bored.
- Block time on your calendar to manage your email.
- Set aside a specific time (even 5 minutes) each day or week dedicated to worry time.
- Declare an end to the day, even if you haven’t completed your to-do list.
Huffington recommends doing the same Microstep every day for 32 days to establish a new habit (hopefully).
Remember to create an environment where doing the right thing is as easy as possible. Your brain wants to take the road of least resistance. Most importantly, don’t underestimate the power of the small changes you make over time. Later on, the small changes too small to fall become too big not to notice. And we’re all the better for it.