How simple steps can make big changes.
As I was preparing for my 26th birthday back in July, I wrote about my 30 Day Challenge, a period where I was working to form good habits right before embarking on a new year of life. That post sparked a conversation with my mom where she mentioned the idea of improving a manageable 10% in one or two aspects of your life, instead of driving in head first into multiple aspects for a full 30 days.
Today I wanted to play off that idea and discuss some areas where a 10% improvement would be relatively easy to achieve and still lead to significant impact.
- Mindfulness – A 10% increase in mindfulness might be achieved by meditating for 5 minutes a few times a week. Or perhaps by eating one meal a day without any distractions (no phone, TV, magazine, etc).
- Sustainability – Strive here for a 10% decrease in your purchase of plastics. Can you find products packaged in glass instead? Bring your own produce bag? Can you say no to straws, to-go containers/cups, or other single-use items? Or try to have a 10% reduction in the food waste you generate. Pop your leftovers in the freezer to save for another day instead of tossing them in the trash. Waste not, want not, right?
- Health – Perhaps a 10% increase in your veggie consumption is possible. Or make a decision that is 10% healthier, such as flavoring your coffee with honey or agave instead of artificial sweeteners.
- Minimalism – Consider reducing your consumption by adapting a 10% more minimal lifestyle. Donate one pair of shoes or a few of those forgotten shirts in the back of your closet. Or go one month without making any unnecessary (making sure you’ve first define this carefully) purchases.
- Education – Up your smarts by engaging your mind a little more than usual. Aim to read a book a month, watch TED Talks on YouTube, or find a One Day University near you (my parents are big fans).
Small changes can make a big impact over time and are sometimes all you need to build healthy and lasting habits. I’m personally going to work on being 10% better with my electricity usage and doing 10% more reps per workout (luckily this only amounts to one or two more!)
Where will you make a 10% life improvement? Let us know below.