If you have struggled getting things done or even getting things started you are not alone.
The thought of tackling a huge task or working on something that won’t be completed for months is sometime overwhelming.
Most people try and get so much done so fast that they either crash and burn or the thing never gets done at all.
You’ll commit to doing way too much way too fast. Then you’ll fail and continue being frustrated that your circumstances are still the same.
There is a method though that you can use to get things started that is so easy that it virtually guarantees that you cannot fail.
The Power of Micro Commitments
A micro commitment is doing something so small, so easy that you virtually cannot fail if you attempt it.
Doing one push-up, flossing one tooth, reading one page, writing one sentence, drinking one large glass of water when you wake up.
Anyone can do those things. Takes only few seconds or a few minutes. Then you are done.
Completing your micro commitment gets you a small win. A little momentum. A tiny victory towards your goals.
Here’s the thing too. Once you start your micro commitment, you’ll say to yourself “Self, that was easy!”
Because it was. Super easy. So while you’re doing one push-up, you’re down there so you might as well do five or ten.
Flossing one tooth? You started so you might as well do them all.
Reading one page? Might as well read one chapter.
Writing one sentence? Write one or two paragraphs or a page.
Why They Work So Well
The momentum a micro commitment creates is certainly one reason they work so well. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.
But there is another reason. Micro commitments do not take massive amounts of willpower, grinding, grit or self discipline.
In fact, they take hardly any at all. And that’s a good thing.
Most people have terrible willpower and self discipline.
People will make these grand plans to lose 30 pounds or write a book and at the first obstacle, they quit.
They make plans to get up at 5 AM and go to the gym everyday or write for an hour.
Then they miss a day of working out or writing and get completely off track. Then they give up on the goal they were trying to achieve because they feel like a failure.
Compare that to the momentum and ease that of using micro commitments instead.
Wake up. Roll off the bed and on to the floor and do some push-ups. Stand up and do some air squats.
Or wake up. Drink a huge glass of water. Write for 15 minutes.
Done. Small victory to start your day.
These seemingly tiny wins will start to add up. You’ll feel better that you are at least taking at least one step towards getting what you want everyday.
You can use micro commitments in every area of your life too:
- Exercise- Do 1 minute of exercise.
- Dieting – Eat one healthy meal.
- Relationships – Send one appreciation text to someone.
- Writing – Write one sentence or paragraph.
- Reading – Read one page.
- Hygiene – Floss one tooth.
- Business – Call one new person.
The purpose of these micro commitments is to get you going. To get you a small win. To give you some confidence.
Then take that momentum and confidence and expand on it.
Create an exercise and diet plan. Start reading and writing everyday with purpose. Work on your relationships and business with a goal in mind.
The key is to stop making excuses to why you can’t get going and just do something to get started!