Here are 10 simple habits That will change your life, starting with number one.
1. Evening list
So, when’s the best time to make your To -Do list? First thing in the morning? At the beginning of the week?
Well, the best time to make your list is right before you go to bed, as you’re winding down for the night. Just spend a few minutes thinking about what goals that you want to accomplish tomorrow.
But why is an evening list more affective and motivational than a morning list?
So, if you prepare your list in the morning, you’ll have to slow down your timetable. Instead of jumping into your work, you should take a break and organize everything on your plate. While a morning To-Do list is still useful, an evening list might help you stay motivated while you sleep. So, first thing in the morning, you can get right to work since you know exactly what you want to do.
You may also feel more organized and productive when you make lists in the evening. Your day is already planned out from the moment you wake up, and that’s a big weight off your shoulders. So go ahead and dedicate 15 minutes every night to your To-Do list and that way every morning starts off strong.
2. The Minute Rule
You have a busy schedule. You have big projects and you have small chores. You have documents to write and emails to answer. But how do you know which jobs to do first?
If something takes less than 60 seconds, don’t wait. Do it right now. You’d be shocked how many of your tasks can be completed in under a minute. So, if something takes more than 60 seconds, don’t worry about it for the time being. Put it on your To Do List and set it aside for later.
Now with this method you can eliminate small miscellaneous tasks while keeping your schedule organized and efficient.
3. Concrete Brainstorming
How often do you brainstorm? Most people concentrate their efforts on concrete responsibilities.
“You have to work on job A, you have to accomplish job B and then you have to finish job C” These concrete tasks are easy to wrap your head around, but sometimes you need to consider the bigger picture.
So, every day, spend a few minutes thinking about the future. Consider new goals you could set for yourself. Consider huge concepts that could alter the course of your life. Some successful people combine these brainstorming sessions with a cup of coffee in the morning. You not only gain a burst of energy, but your new ideas can inspire you for the rest of the day.
4. Night Time Reflection
Instead of brainstorming, set aside some time to contemplate. When you brainstorm, you come up with fresh ideas; when you reflect, you reexamine old ones. Both of these contemplative experiences can now be uplifting, encouraging, and even healing.
However, you must give these events the attention they deserve. Reflection, as opposed to brainstorming, should be done at the end of the day. Add 15 minutes of reflection to your nightly routine, and think hard about what you did that day during those 15 minutes.
Are you making progress towards your lifelong goals? What are you most proud of? and what can you do better?
By asking yourself these important questions, you can increase your motivation and discover confidence in your personal progress.
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5. Moments of Solitude
How often do you spend time alone? You may be around people 24/7. Your schedule may be demanding and chaotic. Luckily, a few minutes alone can help you find clarity and balance.
Everyone is entitled to some alone time. You may use that time doing your hobbies or reading a book. You may write about your day in a journal or think quietly to yourself. That is the allure of alone time. Nobody else gets to dictate how you spend your time. That is absolutely your choice.
So, whether it’s 5 minutes in the morning or five minutes before bed, just spend a few minutes each day by yourself. Hey, you’d be surprised how big of a difference a few moments of solitude can make.
6. Musical Inspiration
Music is powerful, it can bring you to tears, it can fill you with energy, and it can motivate you when you’re feeling down.
However, unless you’re a musician, you might not spend time looking for new music. Finding musical inspiration can have a significant impact on your life. A new song can elevate your mood and boost your self-esteem.
A lively playlist can motivate you to overcome challenges or achieve lifestyle goals. So, find music that moves you because the right song, album, or musician can change your life.
7. Make Your Bed
Start your day on a high note. First thing in the morning, make your bed, then immediately cross that chore off your list. It’s an easy job, but it only takes one small accomplishment to start a day full of productivity.
Productivity is like a snowball tumbling down a mountain of snow. It begins tiny. As additional snow falls, the snowball expands. Similarly, momentum is required to propel you from one productive work to the next.
Making your bed might be an easy job, but it gets the ball rolling. It gets you started, and that’s almost always the hardest part. And yes it can change your life.
8. Reset Expectations
Expectations are intimidating but no one’s expectations are more daunting than your own. Simple truth is, you expect way too much of yourself.
Alright, let’s say you’re starting a new job. You expect yourself to blow everyone away on the first day, so instead you do what everyone does. You make a whole bunch of mistakes. You don’t live up to your expectations, so you ridicule yourself. You criticize your abilities, but the truth is you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
So before taking on a new challenge, just check your expectations at the door. Spend a few minutes concentrating on the reality of your situation.
It’s your first day on the job, after all. You have no idea what you’re doing, and you’re bound to make mistakes, but that’s fine. Expect to fail numerous times. And don’t berate yourself if you do. Instead, keep in mind that every new opportunity is an opportunity to learn. The only thing you should expect is personal development.
By Resetting Expectation you can change your life for sure.
9. Cold Showers
Do you take hot showers in the morning after rolling out of bed? Your steaming shower feels like a perfect sanctuary where you can relax and enjoy your morning. But that’s the problem.
Hot showers leave you feeling cozy and lethargic instead of jumping on the day’s work, you want to get back in bed. In other words, a hot shower destroys your motivation.
Instead of taking a hot shower in the morning, consider taking cold showers. Icy showers aren’t as relaxing as hot showers, but a splash of cold water may set the tone of your entire morning, so the instant you walk into that freezing water, your body springs into activity.
Cold showers keep you awake and aware, which boosts your productivity. Stepping into a cold shower also helps to develop self-discipline. It’s difficult to drag yourself out of that frigid water every morning. It requires self-control and a lot of guts. Start your mornings with a cold shower and reap the benefits of this simple temperature shift.
10. Most Important Tasks
Every morning, you must cross three major items off your To Do List. These are your most critical jobs for the rest of the day, according to your MITs. Your MITs are your top focus. Your day isn’t ended until you complete these three things.
But how do you know which tasks are your most important tasks? MITs or Jobs with the highest value or the most significant results. These are the responsibilities that make your day worthwhile.
As long as you accomplish your MIT’s, you can rest easy knowing your day was well spent.
So, no matter how many barriers lie in your way, take a few minutes in the morning to jot down your MITs. Complete these three tasks as soon as possible. It will alter the course of your life.