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52 Tiny Changes Archive

Change is so huge, so big, so time-consuming. It is much easier to keep the status quo.

Does it have to be that way? How about if we change just a little at a time? We are not remaking your whole life at once. If you do one tiny change a week, by the end of the year you will have a better, more vibrant life. Another positive is with small changes, you have a much better chance at keeping your new habits.

For a free list of the 52 tiny changes, send an e-mail to dargis@chartermi.net with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #1 : Go to bed hour earlier and wake up earlier than usual

By the end of the day, most of us are about tuckered out. We watch some TV, then go to sleep. In the morning we rush around trying to get everything done before work or school. How would your day change if you woke up earlier? Maybe you would have time for some prayer or exercise. Maybe you would be able to take a leisurely shower. Maybe you could actually eat breakfast with the family.

How? Your day is so packed, you are running till you crash on the couch. At bedtime you are still so tense from the day you need to unwind. Here are a few suggestions: have the whole family do chores right after dinner to get them out of the way, prepare for tommorow earlier, don't watch TV shows close to bedtime that get your heart pumping, play relaxing music instead. If you get your need to dos done earlier, then you can get into bed about 1/2 hour before you want to sleep to cuddle, read, journal, listen to music or any activity you find soothing. Ideally you should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night or your energy level and productivity probably won't be going up.

What will you do with that extra 1/2 hour?

 

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