Break Out Of A Rut With Small, Personal Changes

Break Out of a Rut with Small, Personal Changes

It can be difficult to break out of your regular routine. If you want to make a change, break your inertia by changing something small and setting the stage for more significant personal changes.

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Joseph King writes at Dumb Little Man:

Commit to one small personal change, do it everyday for one week, and write it down. No ideas? Here are some good ones:

*Put your pants on left leg first

*Blink 3 times every time you walk into an elevator

*Take a 5-minute walk around the office every day at 3:17

Why??? At the end of one week, you will have undeniable formal proof of your personal capacity to change. Then you can think about more obviously-beneficial changes.

*Writing for 5 minutes a day gets you 15,000 words in a year; conservatively

*30 minutes a day practicing guitar & voice gets you 80 hours of practice in under 6 months, or enough practice to go from zero ability to competently singing along

*Studying a language 30 minutes a day for a month is more than enough time to learn the Russian alphabet

*That thing you've been meaning to start for a few years now

Although these small peripheral changes may sound trivial, they will remind you of your ability to change and improve. Start small and build momentum to remember the change you're capable of.

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