We are our habits; what we do regularly on default becomes the way we spend our lives and also impacts who we become and what we achieve.
Most often when we’re talking about habits, we discuss our worst behaviors and how we want to eradicate them. And while nixing bad habits is fundamental to self-improvement, it is just as vital to incorporate good habits into the mix as well.
As such, here are the four small habits that will change your life by 2024.
1. Read at least 10 pages of a book per day.
Reading is one of the great joys of life. But if you aren’t currently an avid reader or have issues staying focused, that’s totally okay; start small by committing to reading at least 10 pages of a book daily.
Reading is wonderful for mental health. According to NAMI California, reading is associated with lower stress, feeling less alone, and better empathy. Additionally, research has shown that reading makes you smarter and can improve your memory.
2. Write Morning Pages.
Morning Pages are a practice that requires writing three pages of a stream-of-consciousness first thing in the morning. Created by Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, Morning Pages have no designated subject matter but there are several rules:
- You must write your Morning Pages immediately in the morning
- You must write on three sides of US letter paper
- You must write no more than those three pages
That’s it. From there, you simply write down whatever comes to mind. Morning Pages is associated with a number of potential benefits including reducing anxiety, sparking new insights, solving problems, and more.
3. Make your bed every single day.
You’ve surely heard this one before, but for good reason: making your bed seriously helps your well-being and can help other good habits stick.
According to Charles Duhigg, author of the best-selling book The Power Of Habit, making your bed is linked to enhanced productivity, an improved sense of well-being, and a greater ability to stick to a budget.
4. Dedicate an additional 10-15 minutes to self-care per day.
Each day, squeeze in an extra 10-15 minutes of self-care. However, the self-care you engage in must be beyond the basics such as brushing your teeth, washing your hair, or doing your daily skin care routine. Instead, engage in activities that are additional to your usual. For example, applying a special face mask, meditating, taking a nap, practicing deep breathing, etc. The point here is to invest extra time in taking care of you and reminding yourself you’re worthy of your own love.
Change takes time. And by mastering these four habits, you will begin to foster more discipline, creating more momentum and triggering a domino effect to improve other areas of your life as well. Try it for yourself and see how you feel. You might just be unrecognizable by 2024.