January 23, 2020 7:00 am Published by

Great practices define you. What you do consistently determines what’s possible and available. This list of 25 tiny habits (practices) by Kim Quindlen in Thought Catalog is a great accumulation of little things which make a big difference over time. Practice some or all, most are a short time investment, with big returns. All 25 appear in blogs 242, 243, 244 Please share with others if helpful.  

18. Listen to white noise when you need to study or focus or create, or when you just need your brain to quiet down for a bit.

19. Pay attentionto how many pointless things you do, and how many minutes you waste, in the moments or hours before you go to bed. When you find yourself doing these things, like clicking through ridiculous slideshows or doing a deep dive into someone’s Facebook, stop. Brush your teeth. And go to sleep. The more you try to catch yourself doing these things, the less you will do them.

20. When you choose to relax, make sure you mentally and emotionally commit to it. Don’t half-ass it. Don’t sit on the couch and ‘rest’ while also checking emails and doing ‘something small’ for work and planning an upcoming trip. Just fully commit to relaxing. Immerse yourself in that movie or show or book or walk or yoga class or whatever. Let it be the only thing that you’re doing.

21. Wear whatever is the best combination of making you feel comfortable, confident, and like yourself. These outfits exist, you just have to work a little harder to find them.

22. Open your mail right away. Answer what needs to be answered, and throw out anything that is unnecessary. Do this immediately. When you do it for a while and have success and then four months later you’re back to your old ways, waste no time scolding yourself. It happens to all of us. Just start again.

23. Tell people you are proud of them, thankful for them, inspired by them, grateful to them, here for them, honored to know them, and comforted by them.

24. Make every decision, ever little choice, based on your desire to be a person of integrity.

25. Think about where you were a year ago, five years ago, ten years ago. Think about all the things you are doing now that you wouldn’t have ever believed you could do back then. Then keep waking up every day striving to make the future you once again astounded and proud.