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Performing a habit in just 2 minutes may not seem effective enough. It isn’t. It does get you started though, and getting started is the hardest thing when building a new habit.
We find it very hard to start a habit because we believe it is very hard or we don’t believe we have time for it.
There are some habits that you can get the full effect of in just 2 minutes, and for those you can’t, you can get started on them without the pressure of committing for a long time.
I’m permitting you to tick it off your to-do list after just a few minutes. It’s up to you if you want to keep going or stop.
Performing a habit for 2 minutes also creates consistency for that habit in your life. When these habits become a part of you, you unconsciously learn to start spending more time doing them without having to battle with yourself about finding the time and energy for them.
I have an alarm for 1:25 that reminds me to perform my habits. I used to have 5 of them, that’s a total of just 10 minutes every day, to perform habits that will improve my life in the long run.
Some of these habits have been promoted to a higher time commitment and some still are being done for just 2 minutes, sometimes more.
Start with one habit or 2 or 5 or 15 if you can free up 30 minutes, it’s all up to you.
IMPORTANT HABITS YOU CAN ACHIEVE IN 2 MINUTES
You don’t have to meditate for an hour to feel the effects of meditation. When I started meditating, I couldn’t keep up with the 10-minute videos even, so I decided to stick to the 2-minute meditation videos. There are a ton of videos on 2-minute meditation, but this is my favorite.
Depending on how fast you can read, and the type of book you want to read, reading for 2 minutes is possible.
You can learn a new fact, connect with your spirituality, hey! You are even allowed to get lost in a fictional book and read for hours even, as long as you read for 2 minutes.
The one thing that stops a lot of us from journaling is deciding on what to write about. 2 minutes isn’t a long time and you can write as little as what you felt during the day, things you are grateful for, or the things you have achieved during the day.
I have an in-depth post on making daily journaling a habit and you can read it here.
Improving your relationships:
For some reason when I talk to certain people like family members I’m not close with on the phone, 1 min 43 seconds seems like a long time. Get in touch with your parents, your extended family members, or hit up that old friend.
All you have to do is ask how they are doing and that’s it, the relationship will start to develop on its own. You can even send a text instead and that gives you the freedom of not having to give a response immediately if you struggle with making calls and keeping a conversation going.
If you struggle to study daily like I do, start by learning just one thing. It could be a definition, a formula, understanding a small portion of what you’ve studied more, or googling more on what you’ve learned.
Start a timer for 2 minutes and pick up everything that isn’t in its place and put it where it’s supposed to be. You can stop after 2 minutes or continue, whatever your choice is, you will have a cleaner space in 2 minutes and you will feel lighter too with more space to breathe.
I’m a water drinker, so I can’t understand how people forget to drink water. But if you do, just get a cup, fill it with water and drink it. Or fill up a bottle of water to leave the house with or keep in your room, you’ll drink more water if the water is within your reach.
“You never know how long a minute is until you plank.” Planking hits your core, hard. Performing a full plank is just 5 minutes, a very hard 5 minutes.
Start with a 2-minute plank (if you can complete it), or start cycling for just 2 minutes, stretch for 2 minutes, dance for 2 minutes, just get that body moving.
In a minute you can scribble everything you want to accomplish on paper or in your notes app, in another minute, you can arrange them in order of priority and time.
Planning will bring order and structure to your day which will have you achieve more of your goals in time.
You don’t need full hours of sleep, a 30 minutes nap, or watching a show to de-stress. You can de-stress by laying in a comfortable position and breathing, standing in nature, laughing with a child, playing, having a dance break, or even just walking.
This way, you can de-stress even at work, on the way home, or during a meeting.
More habits you can create 2-minute versions of are:
- Taking your daily vitamins
- Watering your plants
- Budgeting for the day
- Ordering real food
- Performing skincare
- Performing self-care
- Performing your hobbies
- Checking in on your feelings and listening to your body’s needs.
Helpful resources you should get:
- To-do list detox to increase productivity: click here
- How to overcome the overwhelm that stops you from getting started on your goals: click here
- Atomic Habits ebook: click here
What habits do you do want to adopt and how can you do a small part of it in 2 minutes? Comment them below.
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