Have you been flossing? +Other Micro Habits

Have you been flossing, might not be a question that you would think your coach would ask you, but when that coach has spent the first 20 years of her professional career as a Dental Hygienist, you might think differently. Strangely enough, I began my journey as a RDH majoring in science when I attended college. While that may not seem like the most obvious starting point for my work in coaching, it has actually enhanced every aspect

of my work and prepared me more than I could have ever imagined to help my clients today.

Immersing myself in positive psychology since then has informed my entire outlook on how I see the business world.

Doing the work of changing your habits can be the hardest part, it's certainly not the flossing that is hard, it's creating the space to do it. By attaching the habit you want to start doing to something else you allready do, can make you 10X more successful. The same is true for other habits. Check out the book Tiny Habits for more insights!

The groups/teams I work with are getting better results in their businesses. Let's get real........... There really is no get rich quick scheme out there: okay, yeah there's a few that sound pretty plausible and we all see the hokey marketing and advertising around it and truly anybody who's made it didn't make it overnight. I know there's a one in a million shot right, but really, if you're going to build a sustainable business, you're need to build a lifestyle and beeen in it for the long haul. How do you do that? Habits!

We all want 2022 to be an awesome year. And it can, through simple actions. I love the topic of habits but let’s be honest, it gets overwhelming sometimes. There are articles telling us to change our life in a matter of seconds, as if it was no biggie. I’d love to meditate for 2 hours every day and read 2 books a week, but I’m sorry, I’ve only got 24 hours and other tasks to do.

That’s why I started implementing microscopic habits in the past few years.

These never took much time away and don’t steal my energy as some other habits do. But above all, they’ve added to the quality of my life tremendously. Pick one. Pick 13.

Or all 21 if you want. You don’t need to do all of them all the time. I often skip some of them when life gets in the way, but I come back as soon as I can. You can too.

1. Write three things you’re grateful for. Hell, start with one if need be. The goal is to always be looking for the positive in each day. Yes, that’s also for when you’ve had the worst day and want to punch the next person who even dares to look at you. I started this habit 2 years ago and it’s probably the most consistent one I’ve done. It’s easy and helps reframe the bad days.

When I struggle to find a positive aspect in the previous day, I usually say I’m grateful for being alive and with a future full of possibilities. Simple but does the trick in the long run.

2. Refuse once a week. If you accept everything coming your way, you’ll never have time for yourself. Create it by refusing whatever you’re not excited about during the week. Start by refusing once and see how liberating it is. You can also set higher limits of time for others, so there’s always some leeway for yourself. Someone wants to have a meeting you consider pointless? Say you’re busy. Three friends want your help? Tell one of them they might need to find someone else. As a heads-up: if you currently accept everything, people will need some time to adapt to this change. But, with time, they will accept it.

3. Exercise for a minute when you wake up. One single minute. Nothing more. Even in your busy life, you can find the time for that, right? I’m not asking for a fully-fledged workout, just a few simple exercises. I usually go for 30 squats and a minimum of 30 seconds of planking. Maybe some kettle bell swings! Exercising first thing in the morning gets the blood flowing and gets you out of the morning fog you could be experiencing. If you prefer a full workout in the morning, go ahead. But even if you prefer the evening, 1 minute in the morning doesn’t hurt.

4. Invest in experiences. How often do you spend money on objects? Compare that number to how often you invest in experiences. My guess is you invest more in objects. And even if you spend the same amount on both, that’s still not the best. What we remember isn’t objects. It’s experiences. At best, objects help us remember some experiences. In 2021, I often met friends outside for a walk. We created memories. We bonded. In 2022, I plan on increasing that even more.

5. Organize your home. If you’ve never done it, try it. Whether you’ve got space or not, you can easily reorganize your home. In which way, you ask? Well, that’ll depend on what you do at home. For me, I have set different spaces for different tasks (reading, working, meditating, sleeping, and so on).

6. Throw things away. If you’ve never consciously made an effort to throw something away you’ve kept “because it could be useful”, then try it today. It’s liberating. You might get a taste for it and keep doing it. Or you might want to throw away 575 items as I did last November following the Minimalism Game. Either way, there’s a lot of rubbish you could throw away and that creates space. There’s also a lot of stuff you’re hanging onto even though it doesn’t deserve it.

7. Manage your money. This is not about investing — although that’s also a good habit. This is about knowing where your money is coming from and going to. Most parents have this somewhat figured out, but I’ve seen many other people completely ignore this. It doesn’t take long. You can set a free app like Money Manager, enter what you have and then automize regular incomes and expenses. When that’s done, just enter in a few taps your other expenses and their categories. Soon enough, you’ll know where you spend your money. Simple and it doesn’t take more than a few seconds!

8. Stand up every hour. This is, without fault, the hardest one of all for me. #doingitnow

It’s simple and I know it’s good for the body, yet I can’t seem to remember. Notifications don’t work and even if I remember to stand up while writing, I don’t want to break my flow. On paper, this is among the “easier” tiny habits to set. Yet, this one’s so hard to remember because we haven’t done it most of our lives. We’ve stayed sitting for hours on end for hundreds of thousands of hours. Change that.

9. Follow this simple proverb. I live my life by “Quand on a pas de tête, on a des jambes.” This means “When we have no head, we have legs.” It might seem weird but I use it as a way to accept whatever happens. Most often, this is about forgetting something and having to go back home to pick it up. Don’t get angry when you can’t find your keys or forget to buy your wine at the supermarket. Remind yourself you’ve got to have legs and do what needs to be done. Accept that what’s done is done. All you can do is go forward.