29 Ridiculously Tiny Habits That Can Completely Change Your Life

They’ll make you happier, healthier, and wealthier.

Sinem Günel
Nov 18, 2020 · 11 min read
Tiny habits that can change your life
Tiny habits that can change your life
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Ask More Questions

Most misconceptions and disagreements could be eliminated if we’d ask more questions and communicate more openly.

If it Takes Less Than 5 Minutes, Do it Immediately

Most tasks you procrastinate on aren’t even worth the procrastination.

Log Out of Social Media Apps

Research shows that the global average social media usage per day is around two and a half hours.

Spend Some Time Alone

We often surround ourselves with other people because we’re afraid of being alone.

“Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.”

— Oprah

Eat the Rainbow

The healthiest food is colorful and the more different veggies and fruits you combine for a meal, the better.

Eliminate as Many Decisions as Possible

Most people are bad decision-makers and waste hundreds of hours on insignificant or even redundant choices every year.

Be on Time

Being punctual is so simple yet underrated; it shows others that you have control over your time and helps you be more relaxed.

Remember Names

Most people claim to be bad at names while the reality is that they’re just not interested.

“Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.”

— Mindy Kaling

To leave a good first impression, be more patient and pay attention to people’s names so that you can recall them when you meet again.

Go to Bed at the Same Time Every Day

This helps your body get a good rest and will make your life easier as you’ll have fewer decisions to make by sticking to a regular sleep routine.

Cross Something Off Your To-Do List

Too often, we intend to get way more done than possible. We write infinite to-do lists and end up wondering why we feel so stressed.

Track Your Expenses

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”

— Dave Ramsey

I like money — I work hard for it and I don’t like not knowing how I spend it. That’s why I tracked every penny I spent during the past three years.

Soak Up the Sun

From an evolutionary perspective, our bodies are used to getting sunlight during the day and to darkness when going to bed. Yet, most of us are exposed to artificial light all day long, which messes up our natural biorhythm.

Say “No”

Saying “No” to the wrong opportunities, appointments, and people will allow you to say hell yeah to the great ones.

Fill Your Non-Productive Times With Inspiration

Most people aren’t even aware of how much time we usually waste with non-productive tasks that need to get done every single day.

Delete Apps and Unfollow People

Clutter on your digital devices often leads to clutter in your mind. We often keep unnecessary apps, images, and contacts on our smartphones. These only cause notifications and distract us.

Celebrate Your Wins

At the end of your day, you look at your to-do list and you see what you didn’t accomplish yet. You get frustrated because there are three more tasks you wanted to complete.

Go With Your Flow

People try to manage their time to have more of it, but the truth is that you can’t really manage time. The only things you can truly control is your energy and your focus.

Slow Down While Eating

Most people are so used to eating on-the-go that they don’t even realize whether they’re full or not. That doesn’t only lead to weight gain, but it also harms our mental health.

Drink More Water

You’d be surprised if you knew how many problems result from not drinking enough water. Lack of energy, overeating, mood swings, fatigue, and irritated skin are just some of the most frequent causes.

Eliminate Impulse Purchases

To build wealth, you need to do two things:

  • And/Or decrease your expenses

Write Down 3 Things You’re Grateful for Every Day

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

— Zig Ziglar

If you keep chasing things in the future, you won’t ever be fully satisfied in the present. True happiness occurs when you’re thankful and pay attention to the present moment.

Talk About Money

If you avoid talking about money, you neglect controlling your financial status. Yet talking about money is the first step toward taking control of your finances.

“Money will have a greater influence on your life than almost any other commodity you can think of.”

— Bob Proctor

Never Make a Phone Call While Sitting

Lack of movement doesn’t only hurt your physical wellbeing, but it also harms your productivity.

Have a Power Outfit

Standing in front of a full wardrobe and not knowing what to wear for an important occasion can feel pretty frustrating. That’s why having at least one power outfit that fits well and makes you feel comfortable is priceless.

Designate a Spot for Things You Lose or Forget Often

Keys, sunglasses, headphones,…we all have these things we lose or forget too often. And while forgetting or losing stuff every now and then might not sound like a big deal, it causes lots of unnecessary stress.

Say What You Mean

Being straight on point and saying exactly what you mean will help you get what you want. It’ll make your life but also the lives of your fellows easier.

Take Breaks Without Hesitation

If you always try to give your best without resting and taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing, you’ll one day be forced to take a break.

Scrape Your Tongue

Even though you might brush and floss your teeth, your mouth stays full of bacteria, fungi, toxins, and dead cells if you don’t scrape your tongue.

Contact One Loved Person Every Day

Maintaining relationships isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you think of a friend you haven’t heard of for months but fail to call or text them because you’re too busy and life gets in your way.

Final Thoughts

I don’t expect you to follow all these tiny habits at once. However, I encourage you to ask yourself which of them you could incorporate into your daily life with ease.

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.”

Eating more veggies, writing down what you’re grateful for, or drinking more water won’t suddenly change your life. But if you follow these rules consistently, they can indeed lead to remarkable differences in your health, productivity, career, and relationships.

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 150,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

Sinem Günel

Written by

Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 150,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

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