To build a new habit, it just takes 1 minute a day - wow!
Now, that may seem like a sweeping statement, but not only is it endorsed by modern writers such as Stephen Guise in his book mini-habits, but it has its roots from ancient Japanese culture.
The premise, quite simply is to commit to doing something for one minute, every day, at the same time - surely that is not too much to ask?
As in Mini-habits, once you have started, have achieved the mini-habit, and had that rush of satisfaction (he talks of the one press up work out, where having committed to do one, you will inevitably do more), gradually, the activity increases.
That sense of achievement, whether it is something almost insignificant, yet built into a regular, consistent practise, spurs us on to achieve more things. A huge goal or task on the other hand, seems daunting, too much is expected, it seems overwhelming and we stop, but break it down into tiny steps, and boom, you have a chance.
Of course, persistence is key, one or two days will not suddenly cause a new habit to start (and remember, we never lose habits (such as smoking after a meal) but can install new habits to divert us (such as taking a 5 minute walk after a meal) elsewhere.
Take getting up in the morning to exercise for an example, whilst not lasting one minute, my own mini habit is to get both feet on the bedroom floor by a certain time. That is the hard thing, everything else just follows automatically.
The key thing, is to feel inspired by what you achieve. OK putting two feet on the bedroom floor may not seem a lot, neither is walking for 5 minutes, moisturising for 60 seconds, meditating for a minute or what ever. But allow these minutes to grow, the habits to extend, and even those most wildly ambitious goals will soon become achievable.
In Japanese culture there exists the practice of Kaizen, which includes the idea of the “one-minute principle” for self-improvement. At the heart of this method is the idea that a person should practice doing something for a single minute, every day at the same time.