Transform Your Life with Powerful Small Habits

Happy New Year! 

I am actually not into New Years Resolutions.  Shocking, I know.  I do love working on goals though and usually have personal and business goals that I am working on on an ongoing basis.  This year in particular I am thinking more about habits.  

We make resolutions to lose weight, to eat better, get healthy, start exercising, quit smoking or drinking alcohol, or to get organized, etc.  Those are all great areas to work on however, they are big and often we just want the end result.  We haven’t considered the small steps needed to get there. The rate of failure around these goals is huge. 

So, let’s consider this.  What if we think about habits instead?  Habits – which can be like small steps to get to where we want to go.  If you have ever tried to change habits, you know it is not easy.  

I have been reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and wow it is such a game changer!

Here are some ideas from his book:

“The process of behaviour change always starts with awareness. You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them.”

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.  Getting one percent better every day counts for a lot in the long run.” 

“The most effective way to change your habits is to focus not on what you want to achieve, but on who you wish to become.”

“Your identity emerges out of your habits.  Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”

Some Easy Habits to Work On: 

Making your bed every day – it feels so good to walk into your bedroom and see that the bed is made. It only takes a couple of minutes (if that) and It means you can lay down and have a nap or maybe meditate for awhile.  (Get Organized)

Folding your laundry when it comes out of the dryer – this saves you time later and avoids those wrinkles that can occur.  It also helps you to stay on top of the laundry which helps you to have clean and unwrinkled clothes when you are looking for what to wear. (Get Organized)

Doing the dishes once or twice a day and keeping up with them – means you have room to cook a meal and to find the dishes and utensils you need when you need them. (Get Organized, Get Healthy)

Tidying up on a daily basis – when you leave a room take something with you to put away or tidy up a bit before bed.  This little hack will pay off in the long run and keep your place looking tidy and less cluttered.  (Get Organized)

Sleeping better – going to bed at a regular time, limiting devices, doing some reading with an actual book before falling asleep, listening to a meditation, etc.  Sleep is so important and helps us to be on our game the next day.  (Get Healthy)

Exercising and moving more  – 10 minutes a day, stretches before bedtime, going to the gym a couple of times a week,  joining a program with others , a 10 minute walk, dancing to a few songs – keeps it doable so that it starts to become a habit. (Get Healthy and Fit)

Eating Better – add something healthy to your menu plan each week. Substitute unhealthy snacks for healthier ones. Limit yourself to one small bowl of chips instead of two. Whatever you can do that makes sense to you if this is your goal.  (Get Healthy and Fit). 

It’s really amazing how these habits can really work together.  

A few habits I am working on:

  • Reading from a book every night before bed. I was using Kindle but it’s too easy to start scrolling and then I can’t sleep.  
  • Writing on a regular basis whether it’s in a journal, for a blog post or a possible book.
  • Learning more about plant based nutrition as we have changed our diets.
  • Ongoing habits of healthier living – yoga, walking (even if its 10 minutes at a time), stretching and meditation.
  • Tidying up each evening before bed.

How is the New Year shaping up for you? Do you set New Years Resolutions or Goals? Are you considering working on small habits instead?

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About Kim

I’m Kim, your go-to Professional Organizer and Virtual Coach! I’m beyond excited to embark on this clutter-free adventure with you. With a background in mental health and a passion for transforming spaces, I bring a holistic approach to decluttering. It’s not just about neatening up physical spaces; it’s about fostering a mindset shift that radiates throughout your life. I founded Space For You Clear the Clutter, Heal Your Life and have been working with individuals and groups for about 15 years. I've also trained with Professional Organizers of Canada and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
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11 Responses to Transform Your Life with Powerful Small Habits

  1. I love the idea of focusing on habits. Atomic Habits is definitely worth a read… I underlined so much in that book!

    By focusing on the habit, we prioritize action over desire. This really helps us achieve our goals.

    • Kim says:

      Yes, I totally agree. The book is such an inspiration. James Clear makes you really think differently about habits. It’s a great way to be successful with our goals.

  2. I agree with you that forming new habits will lead to a lot more progress than lofty goals and no realistic plan to achieve them. You’re like the 100th person I know to recommend this book – I just may have to check it out!

    • Kim says:

      Haha thats so funny- the 100th person. We should all be getting royalties for promoting his book. It really does make you think about habits in a different way.

  3. I’m a big fan of easy simple habits to transform one’s life. Keep it simple…is the key to everything. Thanks for sharing this motivational post!

  4. Atomic Habits is a favorite book. I love ALL the ideas Clear writes about.

    Habits are the key to change. As you said, the BIG goal can feel unattainable. For example, if “getting organized” is the goal, that’s great. But how do you go about getting there? So if, instead, you focus on awareness and habit change that support that large goal, that’s where the magic happens.

    I had “lose 20 pounds” on my goals list for years. There wasn’t much if any, movement. But when I committed to getting support around understanding and changing or tweaking some habits, the weight came off.

    • Kim says:

      Oh my yes! I just think this is a big ah ha for so many people myself included. I wish I would have known this before (but I know it now). So much more effective.

  5. Oh, I love James Clear! I’ve reread Atomic Habits a few times, and it’s one of the few books of its type where I don’t find myself talking back to the book and feeling it necessary to give him a reality check. The teeny habits are the ones that are easier to stick with. The ones I enjoy (walking to get my 10K steps, learning Italian) are much easier than the ones I don’t enjoy (sleeping — rebel against it at every turn), but breaking it into teeny, tiny mini habits definitely gets me closer to my goal.

    Thanks for the great reminders for how to go about it!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Julie – Yes me too! I am reading this book for the second time. The first time was on Kindle which is just not the same as an actual book. 10K steps wow that is impressive. I have ankle injuries so it is challenging for me to get a lot of steps. I feel inspired to work towards 5k per day. Thank you

  6. If everyone followed just a little, life would be much easier. Atomic Habits is a great book.
    Thanks for all the reminders.

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