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  • Writer's pictureRihazudin Razik

It Will Take You 9.6 Minutes of Work Each Day to Improve Yourself.

Micro-habits provide a mechanism to bring about lasting change and are the antidote to a chaotic environment.

Our current era is characterised by hyperconnectivity, complexity, and dispersed attention.

Humans used to watch lengthy theatrical productions for enjoyment. Then 90-minute audiovisual films of today's era appeared. We welcomed YouTube, where the average video is 11.7 minutes long, a decade ago. Social media discovered a sweet spot in 15-second TikTok video, selected — on autoplay — by an algorithm that knows us better than we know ourselves. Even this proved to be too lengthy for preoccupied brains.

This pattern is seen in schooling. It used to take three or more years to get a degree. Diplomas and certificates thereafter followed. Nowadays, individuals participate in microlearning and proudly display their nano-badge or micro-credential that they have acquired in a matter of days, weeks, or even hours.

Books were replaced by blinks, letters by tweets, and animosity by microaggressions. How can tomorrow's leaders survive in a culture of micronized attention and ingrained busyness? Consistent attention is challenging. When freed from constraints, our thoughts seek for novelty and solace. For instance, quick video snippets offer a dopamine rush with little commitment.

Is order eroding and becoming chaos? Can we ever again savour leisurely travel, thoughtful work, or a protracted novel?

We could be seeing the effects of entropy. Unfortunately, order and energy evaporate into cosmic dust in the form of 15-second dance videos of teens.

establishing a secure state

The option to reassemble the pieces into a more cohesive whole exists in the possibility of fragmentation. As opposed to reductionism, Aristotle promoted holism, contending that an organism is more than the sum of its components. When a component is removed, the system becomes unstable and even unhealthy. A complex system aims to achieve external and internal equilibrium while fostering vitality. Homeostasis, or the creation of a steady condition, is the scientific name for this phenomena.

How can we consciously put the pieces of our lives back together in a configuration that is coherent, stable, resistant to outside pressures, and maybe even anti-fragile while savouring life's inherent volatility?

macro-change and micro-habits

James Clear, the author of the best-selling book Atomic Habits, demonstrates how forming modest, empowering habits may produce big changes over time. In his book Tiny Habits, Stanford professor BJ Fogg supports this.

Both strategies are based on the idea that you should first decide who you want to become before breaking that identity down into micro-habits that can be gradually built up as you acquire momentum. Keep in mind that change leads to imbalance. You'll meet opposition whether you're trying to change your company or yourself. This is due to the fact that change, even when it has a favourable consequence in the end, upsets the stable state.

Ever wonder why so many gym memberships go unused, most diets and new year's goals fail, and change management programs take years? Simply said, it's because of our propensity to preserve stability and avoid pain.

The value of making little steps

Micro habits help you subtly overcome reluctance to change. When you want to become fit, start by just putting on your running shoes rather than going for a 30-minute jog. You advance to stage two, which may include making your way to your front door, after this habit becomes as consistent as brushing your teeth. Leave clues and triggers in your surroundings to prepare it. Add fresh microhabits to established, dependable routines.

One of my class attendees made the decision to start a micro-habit by doing five pushups each time he prepared his daily coffee. He would never have tried more than 1,600 pushups had he not done them a year earlier. He quadrupled his effort in year two and completed about 4,000 pushups. His life started to pick up speed in other areas. He had undergone a transformation as a result of a daily exercise that took less than a minute.

Where do I begin?

According to James Clear, if you improve 1% a day, you will have improved 37 times by the end of a year. I determined that 9.6 minutes is one percent of each day's 16 awake hours for granularity.

Can you set aside 9.6 minutes each day of your life to work on your development? If not, a modification is required. If so, what are your plans?

Here are some suggestions for passing 9.6 minutes:

• Stretch for two minutes after waking up.

• 2-minute breathing exercises to create a baseline of peace

• For one minute, list three things that went well (gratitude practice)

• 2-minute bursts of high-intensity exercise, such skipping

• 2.6 minutes for a planned microbreak in the middle of the day (go outside if possible)

You might also watch 36 TikTok videos as an alternative. Your behaviours make you who you are. What option will you pick?

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