Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Five Minute Habits

I have been doing a little experiment for the past few months. I have been trying to get myself to do things for only 5 minutes a day, every day. I find that everything inside of me is resistant to change, so in order to change I need to somehow convince myself that it isn't so bad. I realize that almost everything I do, both positive and negative, is the result of a habit that I have. I have come to believe that what we call "willpower" is a joke. I can get myself to change for a day or two, but to keep the new pattern long enough for it to form a habit has seemed almost impossible.

So back to my experiment. I am not so much focusing on getting the thing done as much as I am focusing on forming a new habit. I can do almost anything for 5 minutes a day as long as I can convince myself that the long term fruit of it is going to be worth it. If I do the math I find that 5 minutes a day is more than 30 hours a year. That may not seem like much, but its more than I usually spend doing things that are outside of my regular routine.

I have also started adding 1 minute every week to my new habits. I have found it to be working amazingly well. Some of my new habits are up to 20 minutes a day and I haven't missed a day yet. There have been many days that I have not wanted to do the new thing but I've done it anyway, and that was the goal all along.