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What Are The Habits That Can Boost Your Achievements?
Hi girls, how are you today?
Ever felt overwhelmed with your seemingly endless amount of work (or that nagging general feeling that there’s never enough time in the day to do everything on your to-do list?).
Well, my friend, your habits are one of the best ways to make that happen.
After all, our habits and routines shape how we will feel throughout the day and our overall outlook of life. That to say that our thoughts, habits, and actions play a huge role in determining our level of success and how we deal with life’s problems, for that matter)
Most of us are aware of the bad habits we have, but it’s important that we make an effort to establish positive habits that outweigh the not-so-great ones. If we want to live our best lives, we have to create healthy and intentional habits for success along the way.
“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.”― Elizabeth George
Of course, it can be difficult to know what are these habits for success (and we sometimes wonder: are they really worth the effort?).
Everyone’s lives are different. This means that our ways will serve us in different ways.
However, if you’re looking for some inspiration to guide you in the right direction, here are seven positive habits for succmonthess that have changed my life!
10 Best Habits For Success
1.Create a task list the day before
Every morning before the day begins, you should ideally have your to-do list ready and set to go.
This will give you immediate direction towards what you should tackle and how to go on about it, rather than procrastinating.
Personally, I like to briefly review my upcoming tasks for the next day and then prioritize them according to importance. Just spending this short 15 minutes allows me to have absolutely everything in alignment, and the result of that is a much better and more efficient day.
A great lesson that I learned from the book Joy at Work is how to define tasks according to ‘urgent’ and ‘important’ (we usually tend to tackle urgent tasks almost immediately due to their significance; however we have the tendency to procrastinate the ‘important’ ones as they don’t seem so imperative).
By definition: Urgent means that a task requires immediate attention. These are the to-do’s that shout “Now!”. Important tasks on the other hand are things that contribute to our long-term mission, values, and goals. These items require planning and thoughtful action and we tend to procrastinate to go on about them, if not planned accordingly.
Learn to identify what are your important tasks and be sure to cross them off your list just as often as the urgent ones.
2. Limit yourself to 3 important tasks per day
Adding on my prior advice, aim to limit your daily to-do list to your 3 most important items — And see as your productivity skyrockets.
3. Wake up earlier than you normally would
Ever thought to yourself ’’where did the morning go?’’
So many times, when we wake up late it feels like we barely had a morning and lunch is just around the corner. Before you see it, it is dinner time and the day is over.
Nothing beats waking up early in the morning, especially you want to have more time at hands to go on about your things. And don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to wake up earlier to work, rather you can use that extra time to do anything, from exercising, to reading and even taking care of your skin.
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4. Avoid checking your phone first thing in the morning
We all know the black hole power that our phones have on us. An innocent glance at Instagram can end up in hours of procrastination, so an important habit for success is to avoid the temptation of scrolling through your phone as soon as you wake up.
Plus, everyone knows that social media can have negative impacts on our mental health (the comparison to others might be too overwhelming first thing in the morning, so it is best to avoid things that might demotivate you).
A good alternative to get motivated is listening to a Podcast, working out, or simply meditating (more on that below).
The lesson here is to avoid things that might bring you down and waste your time, and focus on uplifting habits for success that will take you closer to your goals.
5. Let go
Most problems are not as serious as they seem (really). Another of the great habits for success is learning to let go of things that are killing your motivation and learn to delegate when things get tough. A small investment in delegating someone who is better at what they do to support you reach your goals may go a long way.
Equally important, don’t spend a lot of energy on mundane things that won’t matter in the long-run. A simple exercise is to consider if this will or won’t matter in a month from now. If the answer is negative, don’t even bother stressing over it.
6. Make conscious time for self-care
This does not mean running to the salon to get a manicure (even though it could).
What I mean here is to make the conscious effort to do some type of activity that is good for your well-being. This could be as simple as taking 15 minutes to lay on the couch and read a bit of a book, or listen to a podcast.
Don’t be fooled that people who meditate daily, for example, are always in the mood to meditate. These people know the benefit of stopping and making the conscious effort to do something that will soothe their mind and soul.
7. Practice skills.
Fact: The more time you invest in something, the better you will get at it. I try to apply this simple principle to anything I use in my job and it gives me similar results.
Continual practice of skills is one of the key habits for success. Think of it as learning an instrument or playing a sport. Most of the athletes and musicians have invested hours upon hours of their lives into mastering these skills.
Most people abandon activities or goals simply because they don’t have the patience to wait for t end-goal, but those who have the persistence to hone new skills, even when things seem impossible, are the ones who will ultimately succeed.
Have a champion mentality and practice some skills for success in life.
>> A lesson I learned from the book Atomic Habits is that small daily steps can lead to huge life improvements. This means that if you dedicate as little as 15 minutes a day to practice a new skill, every day, you will ultimately get better at it.
8. Take a break and go for a walk outside
Another of the best habits people can develop to be happier and successful is learning to take a break, regardless of how swamped you are.
Be it in the morning time, afternoon, or end of the day, taking a break is crucial to maintain a healthy mind while working. As an early bird myself, I work better in the morning time. That is why I save my walks for the afternoon time when the evening slump hits me and I need a quick reboot.
Even walking around the block can seriously do wonders to your mind, body, and soul. I’ll either listen to some music, or call a friend, or simply enjoy the sounds around me. I think what is important here is to not overwhelm your brain with anything, rather allow it to relax and reset.
You’ll see this habit will do wonders to how you go on about the remainder of your day.
9. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are the perfect tool for learning about new topics, having a good laugh, and even getting caught up with what’s going on in the world, with minimal effort required. Just turn it on while you’re cleaning the house, driving, or cooking and get the immediate daily dose of information, motivation, and happiness.
I know multi-tasking is frowned upon, but this is the best way to multi-task in my opinion.
Two podcasts that I strongly recommend to increase your habits for success are:
Last, but certainly not least, a super duper important habits for success is to celebrate your achievements.
When we are so crammed with tasks, it seems our to-do list is endless and we tend to burden our minds with thoughts that are discouraging and could demotivate our ambitions.
At the end of the day, pause to appreciate all your small achievements you’ve had. These could be personal achievements such as ‘’I ate more fruits’’ or ‘’I called my grandmother’’ to more work-oriented ones such as, ‘’I finally answered that email’’ or ‘’I managed to wake up half an hour earlier’’
I once read a statement online that had a true impact on me. It went on to say: “Celebrations are the punctuation marks that make sense of the passage of time; without them, there are no beginnings and no endings. Life becomes an endless series of Wednesdays’’.