Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Power of Habit Investments

From Zen Habits:
It sounds really obvious when you say it, but if you do something small repeatedly, the benefits accrue greatly over time. . . .
Benefits are compounded over time (starting with just a few pushups a day will build over time into many), as is accrued interest (other benefits are derived from primary benefits - walking a few minutes each day relieves stress).
It’s a fairly simple process that you can repeat with various types of habit investments:
  1. Pick something desirable. If you repeatedly do this activity, what will it grow into? Is that what you want?
  2. Do just a minute or two of it. You can’t build it all up in the next few days. That’s a good recipe for failure. Just do 1-2 minutes of it today. Smile as you do it.
  3. Set a daily reminder. Let’s say you want to do it every day at about 6:30 a.m. Set a reminder for that time, and make it a priority to do it each day, just for a minute or two.
  4. Watch it grow. If you just do it repeatedly, it will grow. Don’t force it. Keep the repeated activity as small as possible for as long as you can if you want it to grow (it sounds paradoxical, but it works).

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