Can you imagine how far you could progress in a year if every week you did one, small thing differently and made it part of your routine? Can you do one small thing differently this week? Of course you can. One small thing is easy! But a year of one small thing per week gives you 56 changes. Next year you’ll be up to 112, then 168, and so on. The strongest cable is made up of many small strands.

Here are some possible small changes you might want to make for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being

  • Write your one small thing for the week on your wrist each morning and each night
  • Review your notes immediately after each class
  • Walk all the way around the building before going in
  • Send a quick “hey, how are you?” email to someone you haven’t talked to in a few months each time you check your email
  • Greet the prof when you walk into each class
  • Make a to-do list each morning before classes or work
  • Say a prayer before each meal
  • Get the door for someone else whenever the opportunity arises
  • Quickly think of three things for which your thankful each time you get in your car or on your bike
  • Write a short blog post or journal entry each night before bed, even if it’s just to say, “nothing to say tonight.”
  • Think of the names of the last three people you met each time you put your shoes on
  • Brush your teeth one extra time each day
  • Hold your breath for as long as you can each time you get in the shower…count…try to do it for longer each time
  • Draw at least one picture for each major point in your class notes to help you recall
  • Use three colors of ink when taking notes
  • Carry flash cards and review them at every red light
  • Every time you leave a room put at least one thing back where it belongs
  • Always park at the far end of the parking lot so you have to walk further
  • Pick up at least one piece of trash and throw it away every time you walk anywhere

What others can you think of?

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