Book Review – Mini Habits

Stephen Guise has written a very powerful little book.  Mini Habits is a quick read about how to get big results from small life changes.

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Mr. Guise details how habits are formed.  There is a chapter on motivation vs. willpower, and then a lot of information on how to implement mini habits.

My favorite recommendation from this book is “make your habits stupid small”.  Even I can do something difficult for one minute.  The hardest part is getting started, right?  Once I have a minute in, it’s easier to add another.

Other good advice includes “if you feel strong resistance, back off and go smaller”.  And “be happy with all progress”.  These both ease pressure when making changes, and that’s clearly a positive thing.

The principles in this book have helped me create a habit of flossing daily.  I was terribly lazy about this before, and I noticed a big change at my last dental appointment.  It was quick and easy to get my teeth cleaned, instead of the usual rather torturous experience.  It worked!

To build my new habit I used brushing my teeth in the morning as a cue.  Immediately after brushing I got out the floss.  I told myself I only had to floss two teeth, but of course, it was simple to just do them all.  It’s become routine and easy now.  It takes less than 90 seconds and makes me feel great.  I am doing something good for myself, and ensuring I’ll hold on to my teeth for a long time!  No one ever said “I wish I hadn’t taken care of my teeth”, right?

Stephen also has a blog that’s worth following, he is an interesting and intelligent guy.  He recently published a post entitled “Why Mini Habits Is the Greatest Personal Development Strategy Ever”.  Read it.

Reading this book can help you improve in any area.  Habits can be created around your health, work and even parenting.  Do yourself a favor and give this book a few hours of your time.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

And here’s a fiber picture for the addicts.

Production For The Indiana State Fair Is Ramping Up
Production for the Indiana State Fair is ramping up.  These are worsted weight superwash merino yarns that will not be in the Etsy store.  You can purchase by emailing me at http://www.indigokittyknits.com.  $20 includes shipping in the continental US.

 

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If I Knew I Could Not Fail, 2.0 – or 10 Goals For 2016

If I Knew I Could Not Fail

In October I wrote a post about the 5 things I’d do if I could not fail.  The end of the year seems like a good time to update and expand that list.

The original list, somewhat condensed, follows.

  1. Revenue of $2,325.00 at the Indiana State Fair.
  2. Have a functional website with a sales page.
  3. Create more patterns for sale.
  4. Dye more yarns in slightly larger groups, instead of so many one off yarns.
  5. Create a well organized dedicated dye studio.

I have created the dye studio, so number 5 can fall off the list.  Hurray!

I did some year end brainstorming and came up with this list for 2016.

  1. Revenue of $2,325.00 at the Indiana State Fair.
  2. Have a functional website with a sales page.
  3. Create more patterns for sale.
  4. Dye more yarns in slightly larger groups, instead of so many one off yarns.
  5. Become a better spinner on my spinning wheel.  I will spin 5 minutes daily.  For me, getting started is the hardest part, if I start I will probably go longer than 5 minutes.  More spinning equals more skill.
  6. Develop skills at creating and spinning batts.  I will attend class at least twice a month.
  7. Go to a spinning retreat.  I have signed up for a retreat in January.
  8. Offer more handspun yarns for sale.
  9. Learn enough about fleeces and processing them to buy a fleece at the state fair.
  10. Change the way I eat and drop eating patterns that are not in line with my health goals.

My experience with this whole exercise has been that writing these down has some kind of magical way of making them happen.  Somehow the scariness drops away and they become achievable, or at least possible.  And the brain turns them over and comes up with ways to make them reality.

Try this for yourself and let me know about your results.  I think you might be surprised!

A fiber picture to close for my friends who love such things.

 

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These gorgeous skeins are the result of a new technique I’ve been trying.    Watch for more info on this soon.