4 Steps to Turn Difficult Chores into Micro Habits

4 Steps to Turn Difficult Chores into Micro Habits


Some chores are not very enticing. It’s easy to put them off, but they can add up and leave you with a massive list of things to do. Even though they aren’t fun, they are essential. It’s much better to find ways to get chores done than to put them off.

4 Steps to Turn Difficult Chores into Micro Habits

Here are some steps that turn chores into micro habits so you can get them out of the way.

Identify the tasks you tend to put off.

Make a list of all the things you need to do and determine which ones you tend to put off or ignore. Identify which ones need micro habits to get done.

Find out what makes them difficult.

Now that your list has the chores you dislike the most, it’s time to be honest about why you don’t want to do them. Figure out what is stopping you. For example, you don’t want to do laundry. It could be annoying because it takes up a lot of time you don’t have. Find out why you put off doing the task and write it down. 

Start solving problems.

Every reason you’ve given needs a solution, and that solution can become a micro habit. If you don’t do the laundry because it takes too long, you can solve the problem in multiple ways. Here are some of them:

  • Every night, do a load of laundry and put it away in the morning.
  • Set aside a time each week to do the laundry.
  • Sorting and folding clean laundry as a family is an excellent way to share the work.
  • Or make a small routine that works for you.

You can do the same for the other items on your list. 

You don’t have to create a micro habit for each item on your list. If you think productivity is your main concern for not doing those chores, check our productivity articles for some tips.

Test your micro habit.

Once you’ve chosen the micro habit you think will work, test it and see if it sticks. Change the habit as needed to make it work for you. Hold yourself accountable for the micro habit and give it enough time to see if it works.


If you need help getting chores done when they are annoying or unappealing, consider making micro habits to help you stay motivated to finish them. When you break up big tasks into smaller ones, you can get the momentum you need to do the chores you love and the ones you don’t.

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