7 Mini Habits To Become Productive

“Mini habits to become more productive?”

Yes.

“Can tiny habits make a huge impact on your life?”

Absolutely.

“Is that even possible?”

That’s what we’ll talk about today.

7 Mini Habits To Become Productive

Before we get into the seven habits themselves, let’s look at the Mississippi River.

At it’s widest parts, the Mississippi River is over a mile wide. But… at its head (where the river starts) it’s a trickle. You can stand on it with one leg on each side.

“Whaaaatttt!!!!??”

The difference is that as the river goes down, it builds momentum and keeps growing. It collects more and more energy until it becomes the large Mississippi River.

That’s the impact that tiny changes upstream can have on your productivity.

Think about tiny changes that you can make to your life. Changes which will result in enormous impact down the line.

That’s what we’re going to look at today. Mini habits that will have a massive impact on your life down the line.

Each of these habits takes less than 5 minutes to install.

If you use these seven habits, you will quickly achieve the things you want to make in life. You will have the success you want. And you will gain the love and respect of your friends and family.

You don’t have to spend years and years of your life developing these habits. And no habit requires you to sweat.

These mini habits will change the direction of your life. And point you towards getting the success you want in life.

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Here are seven mini-habits that take five mins or less to do, but will change your life immediately.

Mini Habit #7 – Make your bed the minute you wake up in the morning

And do a damn good job of making it. Stretch out the sheets, clean out the wrinkles and fold out the blankets perfectly.

There are two very tangible benefits behind making the bed perfectly in the morning.

First, you’ve finished a task immediately when you wake up. Ao you’re starting your day with a self-esteem boost of doing something. Finishing something. And doing it well.

Second, when you come home from a tired day when you’ve lost in other areas of the day when things haven’t gone your way, you will come back to a perfectly made bed.

There will be nothing between you and a good night’s sleep.

The bed will remind you of the success you had in the morning and make you go to sleep looking forward to another day.

‘First thing in the morning’ is more of a metaphor, meaning get the bed done before you get lost in the day.

You can let it breathe, change the bed-sheets or whatever, but before you step out of the house, get it done. Or if you want to laze around, get the bed made before lazing out on the couch.

Mini Habit #6 – Put things back to where you found them

What this means is that no matter what you use in your day, as soon as you’re done using it, put it back.

Been cooking some food? Put back all the utensils where they belong.

Done watching a DVD? Put it back in the box and on the shelf where it belongs.

Done polishing your shoes? Put back the shoe polish and the brushes to where they belong.

Here’s why this is super beneficial. Every time you put stuff back to where it belongs, you’re taking care of a few functions in your life.

The first is that you’re clearing out the clutter. When you put things back where they belong you drastically clear clutter in your life.

Clearing clutter helps you think better and have a more organized life versus foggy thinking and a cluttered life.

The second benefit is that when you need them the next time you won’t have to look for it. You’ll know where you put it back.

And over time as you make putting things back in their place a habit, you will know every time where anything is.

Clearing clutter has the extra benefit of saving you tons of time without actually looking for things.

If you put your car keys back to where they belong every day, you won’t have to find them. You’ll always know where they belong.

The third benefit is long term – that you develop a habit of putting things away. This will help you in your life as you get busier and busier.

Putting things where they belong will help you remember where they are in the long term.

Mini Habit #5 – Pick up clutter before you go to sleep at night

Picking up clutter might sound like more than a five-minute habit. When you practice this daily, it will take less than a few minutes.

Often we end up being tired at night and have dishes in the sink, clothes lying around in the bedroom, magazines all strewn across the coffee table. These are all messes in our lives.

When we wake up in the morning, instead of our mind focusing on the things that we have to do, it focuses on these messes and our brain runs awry.

Thinking about all the things, ‘you should’ do and not focusing on the things that you have to do… nor the things that would bring you the best return on time invested.

So develop the habit of picking up any clutter you have lying around the house. This habit ties in perfectly with the previous habit.

If you put stuff away, there won’t be too much clutter, to begin with. But whatever clutter there is, you’ll put it away before you go to sleep at night.

This will help you have a cleaner mind. Have clearer thinking. And focus on things that you want to achieve.

If you’ve never cleared clutter in your life – there will be a lot of it. So instead focus on removing clutter from one space when you’re starting out.

Here let me show you.

If you’ve got a ton of clutter sitting around, think about clearing it from the kitchen counter. Do this every night before you go to sleep.

Then every week add another surface. As time progresses, you’ll spend less and less time on keeping the kitchen counter clean. And your entire house will become clutter free.

You won’t even notice this, but you’ll wake up happier, and with more energy and a skip in your step.

Mini Habit #4 – Plan your day on a post-it note

I used to have an extensive to-do list. With different contexts and different things that I had to do in different areas of my life.

It never worked. I would fail and felt miserable at the end of the day for not achieving anything in my life.

Then I started using the post-it note technique.

This means that whatever you have to do tomorrow you write it down. Then take the biggest, worst, projects from that list and put it on a post-it note.

These projects are the ones that will make a real impact in your life. Write only these on a post-it note and forget everything else.

So from a work perspective, you write the three things that you can do. These will make the biggest impact in your business, job, and life.

You might have to ask yourself, “What’s the most significant result, the most major task, that will have the largest impact on the company?” or “What results do I need to deliver?”

This will help you clarify what you value and will get you to do more of those activities.

But only write down three things on the post it.

I’ve noticed that doing three things every day will have more impact on your life than writing ten things and doing only seven.

Your mind will keep focusing on the ones you didn’t do, and then you lose productivity and sleep on the next day.

So write down only three things on a post-it note and finish those three things every day.

Mini Habit #3 – Dress better than the occasion calls for

Notice how everyone who is an authority wears clothes a tad bit better than the other people in the room.

The people with authority.

The people with charisma.

The person who everyone is looking towards.

Even in the movies, you never see the president dressed like a slob and the rest of the press dressed like winners. The press is always worse dressed than the president.

So by dressing up better than the occasion calls for you will become the alpha in the group.

This means that when you’re going out with your friends to watch a game, don’t wear faded jeans and a t-shirt. But put on slacks and a shirt.

When you’re visiting friends, don’t wear jeans and a shirt, put on a jacket also.

You’re dressing slightly better than the occasion calls for.

So if everyone at work wears casual clothes, you wear casual clothes with a sports jacket.

Yes, you will stand out. You will stand out to be better than everyone else. At work your boss will notice that you’re the best-dressed person there. And will think of you when new opportunities arise.

With friends, you will become the natural leader of the group, and everyone will look up to you for advice.

Even when someone else wants to talk to the team, they’ll perceive you as the authority and speak with you.

Plus the benefit of doing this is you don’t have to work too hard. For most situations, you can put on a collared-button-down-shirt and a sports jacket.

For other situations a suit works, and still for other occasions wearing a tie is mandatory.

You know what each of that situation is you need to use this in your life.

But a quick warning, if you’re thinking about dressing slightly better, don’t be ironic about it.

What this means is if you put on a jacket, don’t let your shirt hanging out pretending to be a cool twenty-something. If you decide to put on a sweater, don’t have the seams popping out at the back.

If you do something, do it well, not ironically. It’s not cool. It’s not impressive. It doesn’t make you look hip – it makes you look like an idiot. Immature.

Immature people are never leaders. Never alphas in a group.

Mini Habit #2 – Treat every stranger as a friend

What this means is that instead of looking at strangers with caution, you treat them with open arms. You welcome them in your private space.

This completely changes things for everyone. When you meet someone for the first time, they are eyeing you with skepticism. And you are eyeing them with suspicion.

This is an evolutionary reaction that helped us survive a million years ago. Where a stranger was out to get our food, and steal our supplies.

Even up to 200 years ago this was true. A stranger could rob you or take your property.

But for most of us reading this, it isn’t true anymore. We live in a world where the strangers we meet will be in a very safe and secure space.

You might meet a stranger at work, at the movies, in a bar or the shopping mall. All these places are well protected. And the chances of you getting mugged are remote to none.

When you treat them like a friend, approach them with a skip in your step, open arms, broad smile. They will become attracted to you and want to help you out.

You’re not doing this to get something out of them, but just to have a better time in life. Both you and the stranger are going through a tough journey called life. It becomes so much easier when you have a friend.

Be that friend for that person, and treat every encounter as if you’re meeting your friend.

The chances are that both of you watch the same TV shows. Game of Thrones. Stranger Things. House of Cards. The Voice. Malcolm In The Middle. Friends. Seinfeld.

Read the same books. Jack Reacher. Harry Potter. John Grisham.

And have a few other things in common that if you just got to talking you would have a great time. Football. Tennis. Where you live. What you do.

The final benefit of treating every stranger as a friend is you aren’t anxious all the time. You can relax, your body can relax, and you let go of all the stress inside you.

Remember; everyone else is treating you like a stranger. Also, they are sussing you out, also. The only way you can find a friend is to be a friend.

I’m not saying throw caution to the wind and make friends with the homeless guy in the alley behind a strip club… nor am I saying that you become best friends with every stranger that you meet.

But, and this is key, that you ‘treat’ everyone like a friend unless proven otherwise.

So if you’re sitting down on a park bench and someone is sitting across from you – start a conversation with them like you’re both friends.

Not exchange your bank account – but just treat her like a friend. If she turns out to be someone you wouldn’t be friends with otherwise, no harm, no foul.

Mini Habit #1 – Become enthusiastic

Most people drift through life with their shoulders hunched. A frown on their face. Wrinkles on their forehead.

They are skeptical about everything. About a new job. About a new responsibility. About something new that their spouse tells them.

I used to be like that, and all it gave me was a bald head. Years later, I changed my outlook on life and started being enthusiastic.

Not just excited about going on vacation, or taking some time off from work, but about everything in life.

If someone shares an idea with me, I’m enthusiastic about it. I jump onboard and help them take it to the ‘execution stage.’

It may not work out, but never for lack of enthusiasm. This helps me make more friends. Become relaxed in my daily dealings with others. And have doors opened for me that would never be open for me otherwise.

Last year I got invited to lunch with the Premier of British Columbia. Only because of my enthusiastic attitude.

How To Install These Mini Habits In Your Life

These are the seven mini-habits that you can use in your life and drastically change your life.

They don’t take much time to install. They don’t need a lot of money or effort.

But they do need your commitment. So make a commitment today to do these mini-habits in your life.

Take the 5 minutes right now to make a commitment that you will make these habits a part of your life – for the next 30 days.

Try each habit for 30 days before you discard it. Once you’ve tested the habit – then and only then decide whether it works for you or not.

Quick Recap

In today’s post, we discovered seven mini-habits you can use in your life to become productive.

The one habit that will open new doors for you and doesn’t take any investment.

How to become the alpha in your group by doing installing this simple habit in your life

Plus five more habits that will change your life.

Action steps

Here are quick action steps to install one of these habits in your life.

  1. Pick one habit that you don’t currently do
  2. Choose the time and place where you will make this a habit. Install this habit in a small portion of your life
  3. Rehearse this habit once — write down all the action steps that you did
  4. Set a reminder on your phone to do this action step when you choose to do it
  5. Repeat for 30 days

Once you’ve installed one of these habits in your life, you can use the same process to install another.

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. What did you think?

Is there a mini habit that you implemented in your life — that drastically changed it for you?

What’s one habit that connected with you — and you’re thinking about applying in your life?

Leave a comment below with your favorite mini-habit. I love to hear from you.