US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven once said, “The little things in life in matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.”
Little habits are essential to great success; they add up and help you form bigger habits and bigger habits lead to great success! In this list, we take a look at little habits, to incorporate into your daily routine, that can make a big difference.
1. Make your bed.
In his speech, Admiral William H. McRaven says, “If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Making your bed is the first task of the day and if you complete this task you are setting our day up for success and with good intentions. You’re checking the first thing off your to-do list for the day, which can feel amazing and may make completing the rest of your tasks that much easier.
2. Start your day with water.
As tempting as it is to begin your day with a big cup of delicious coffee, the better choice is definitely to start with water, especially if you are a coffee drinker! Coffee can dehydrate us, so hydrate your body with the good stuff before you indulge in your warm cup.
Water is essential to your body’s functioning and most of us don’t drink enough. It aids with digestion, cognitive function, nutrient absorption and so much more. If you start your day with water you are taking care of your body and your body will thank you!
3. Journal and set intentions for your day.
Some people like to journal at night and while others like to do it when they first wake up. Either way, journaling is certainly a beneficial habit. Personally, I prefer to journal both in the morning and at night.
I believe journaling in the morning is a great way to set intention for the day because you can write down your goals and affirmations which can set your day up for great success. At night, you can practice gratitude and reflect on what was amazing and what could have gone better.
Journaling can seem intimidating and it may be something you don’t have time for. But I promise, you do. You can begin with just five minutes to set intentions or reflect on your day, and you will see a big shift in life perspective.
4. Get outside and get moving.
There is something to be said about getting outside and being one with the world. We often forget about the beautiful world that surrounds us and become so distracted by the busyness of the day-to-day life.
In her book, The Nature Fix, journalist Florence Williams explains how our contact with nature is vital to our cognition and how exposure to the living world can improve our creativity, mood and overall mental well-being.
It doesn’t have to be for hours, but even taking 30 minutes to be outside can make a massive difference in your life.
5. Say or do something kind for someone else.
There is no greater feeling than brightening someone’s day, and it is so easy to do. Making someone feel good can make you feel good too.
Whether it’s telling your best friend how much you love and appreciate them or complimenting a stranger’s adorable sweater, you can put a smile on someone’s face daily.
It is a habit with mutual benefits that spreads love, positivity and high vibrations to those around you. It’s a beautiful cycle that we can all be a part of.
6. Be kind to yourself.
Bottom line, you must be kind to yourself. You must find time within your day to love and appreciate who you are and the amazing person you are becoming.
This is the most important habit because if we are not kind to ourselves, we will not have the power to project all of our love and kindness onto others.
Take time for self-affirmation, self-reflection and set aside time to do something that makes you feel amazing. Love and appreciate yourself every day, because you deserve it.