Over the last few months, I’ve skipped dinner several times. It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, but it wasn’t as difficult as it sounds, either. The key was to drink a lot of water in the afternoon to help me feel full.
The funny thing is that this little change leads to big results. Every time I do this, I lose weight. I’m not entirely sure if it’s from eating fewer calories or just getting rid of excess water weight. But the point is, I’m lighter the next day.
This is a little change, but it has lead to big results. It takes me a from a place of losing weight inconsistently to a place where I can lose weight every single day.
And that is awesome.
Sometimes it makes sense to batch things together. For example, if I take care of all email once a day, it may only take me 20 minutes. But if I do it in small chunks, or as it comes in, it may take a total of an hour.
The same goes for cooking. You can cook 7 of the same meals in 2 hours, or spread it throughout the week and spend like 4 hours total. It doesn’t make sense.
But not everything is like that. Sometimes you have to make small changes to daily routine. Like – skipping a meal. Or exercise. Or writing.
These aren’t big changes, but you can’t just do them every once in a while. They work a lot better if you’re consistent.
Skip a meal every day. Write a few words every day. Exercise for a few minutes every day.
Life isn’t about maximizing your time, but we should try to be productive and effective. We should do what works well. And that often means making the right small changes.
The books The Compound Effect and The Slight Edge are both focused around this concept. Definitely go check them out if you haven’t read them yet.