Mini habits, former procrastinators, work now while we’re home-bound and for the long haul. Before some reminders, please know I’m praying for you during this time of resisting the Corona virus.
Also, whether you’d already chosen homeschooling or find it imposed upon you, check out hslda.org/quickstart. Home School Legal Defense Association has resources for the experienced and for unexpected first-timers. And, mini habits work well for schooling.
My personal biggies from Stephen Guise’s Mini Habits are first, that mini habits are practically hassle free. Second, though Guise only uses the word “brain,” mini habits incorporate the heart and mind.
From the book:
- The brain resists change, therefore the first action must be really easy. (Senseless to put off.) Once you’re in motion, the brain’s resistance decreases.
- See mini habits as your day’s foundation – you MUST do them. Those 1-4 things take less than ten minutes all together – if you don’t do extra.
- Mini habits are so little the brain doesn’t fight them. Super small steps slide under the brain’s radar.
- Once you’re going, you have the easy option of doing more. You’ve already slipped into the control room of the subconscious. ( Ha! Now you can create and reinforce new patterns.)
- Doing extra is your call. The goal remains the same. Even if you only meet the small requirement of a mini habit, it will still become a habit – the perfect foundation for doing more of it.
- Benefits include no excuse for failure, no feeling guilty. You get continual encouragement and actual progress.
- Mini habits are great when you feel you must focus on more than one thing. (It’s frustrating to focus on only photos when I want to write too.) That tension can derail you. Mini habits provide a solution.
- Mini habits expand your comfort zone.
- Mini Habits is a guide for self -control. (Think, fruit of the Spirit.) You learn how your brain works, why the feeling of motivation fails, and how to manage your will power to make change last.
How many days have you done your mini habit?