The tagline of this book is “get ready to start living a better life, for you.” At first I thought it would be a self improvement book with lots of chapters about finding your way or that sort of thing where you read a hundred pages but still have little idea how to improve your life.
It’s not like that, though. It’s actually fairly useful. The book is based on an app called the YOU-app, which I’d not heard of before but am now considering finding space for on my phone! It works on the principle that it’s easier and more realistic to take “micro-actions” each day and change your life for the long term, than to make one massive change and manage to stick at it for more than a couple of weeks.
What is a micro-action? According to the book…
A micro-action is small, simple and achievable in a normal day. For anyone, “Meditate for twenty minutes” isn’t a micro-action but “sit quietly for two minutes” is. “Run a marathon” isn’t a micro-action but “take the stairs” is. Simple, but they make all the difference.
Thee are 365 micro-actions in this book (apparently nobody told them 2016 is a leap year). They are split into four categories: food, mind, move and love. They come from expert contributors including Jamie Oliver, Caroline Arnold and Jamie Sawyer.
Each micro-action is fairly short to read and simple to implement – and although they are numbered 1-365, they don’t need to be done in any particular order as far as I can tell. This is great as you can either make it a part of your daily routine to look in the book for a new micro-action each day, or you can just dip in and out as you please. As an example, here is today’s micro-action:
Take a moment without any disturbances to simply observe your surroundings. When life feels busy we often forget to take the “me time” that our minds need to relax, refresh and regroup. Do you regularly take time during the day to pause? Observe your surroundings for 5 minutes.
This is something everyone is capable of, something we can all do right now, without the need to clear a space or buy equipment or learn some special words or phrases. And once you’ve done it once, you can try it again tomorrow. Or pick another one. Or do both. It’s brilliant.
On the whole, this is probably one of the more useful self development books I’ve read – because it has actual, concrete actions that you can take right now, as you read the book. A brilliant New Year purchase for anyone who wants to make a positive change in their lives for 2016.
Thanks for reading.