But people tend to underestimate the tiny actions they do repeatedly. When, in fact, they’re the reason for their success, or the lack of it.
Mini habits are the foundation of progress. It takes consistency, of course, but the results can be tremendous once you dedicate yourself to taking this little action that takes no more than 5 minutes.
So here are 25 examples of such habits. They’re all healthy, successful, productive and positive.
You can’t really believe in this system if you don’t try it out for yourself.
So I urge you to choose just one of the following actions and do it for some time.
And if you manage to make it a permanent part of your daily life, you’ll see changes that even hard work can’t achieve. Because in this case you’ll be combining the power of habits and consistency.
Also, you’ll be increasing your willpower without even realizing. Doing this small action takes little effort, and almost no time. But you still need to do it. And over time, you’ll be building your willpower muscle. And soon it will be easier for you to form more habits like that.
So here are the best mini habits you can develop (do each for 2-5 minutes, but do it daily):
3. Visualizing your goal achieved.
4. Reviewing your goals.
5. Planning your day.
6. Defining 3 most important tasks.
11. Looking at your vision board.
12. Reading a few motivational quotes.
13. Breathing deeply.
14. Thinking of 5 things you’re grateful for.
15. Drinking a glass of water with lemon.
16. Getting rid of one thing you haven’t used in months.
18. Cleansing and moisturizing your face in the morning and before bed.
19. Breaking a task or project into smaller ones so that it’s easier to start.
20. Being present – stop, look around, notice things and breathe deeply.
21. Taking vitamins.
22. Tracking you sleep.
23. Writing down 3 things that will make your day great.
24. Taking a cold shower.
25. Making a to-do list for tomorrow tonight.
Nothing difficult, right?
Well, that’s what mini habits are all about – doing it once a day, without effort, and just for a minute or a few.
Which one of these do you fancy the most?
Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.
So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.
Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?
You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.
In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.
So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.
Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?
What The Most Successful Do in The Morning
1. Spend Time with the Partner.
As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.
Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.
Yes; mindfulness is a habit.
Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.
So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?
Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.
3. Plan the Day.
A good plan will set you on the right track.
Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.
If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.
I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.
Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happier. When you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.
Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!
5. Practice Patience.
Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.
You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.
6. Juice Up.
It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.
Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.
7. Eat Breakfast.
You saw this coming, didn’t you?
Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.
Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!
Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.
9. Be With the Right People.
In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.
There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.
The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.
10. Celebrate Achievements.
When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.
Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track. When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?
However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.
*** Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.