Don’t worry about how you will change. Focus on what habits you want to form and why. A habit is positive when it improves the quality of my life. A lot has been written about forming small habits. How hard it is, How long does it take, What’s the best way to break habits, How do we adopt new habits? My experience is that everyone can adopt any habit they want. There’s only one condition though: You need a good reason to make a change. And in 99% of cases, the reason to change comes from personal suffering, sadness, and hurt. At some point, you can’t stand your current behavior anymore. Don’t worry about how you will change. Focus on what habits you want to form and why.
1. Set 3-4 Daily Priorities
This is one of the best productivity strategies there is. We all know that focus is what brings us results. No focus? No results. So how do you focus? By limiting your options and tasks. Elimination is the key. Be clear about what you want to achieve every day, week, and year. Every day, work on 3-4 essential (and small) tasks that will bring you closer to your weekly and yearly goals.
2. Read 60 Minutes a Day
I get it, you’re too busy to read. Or maybe you just don’t like to read. Well, you’re not getting off that easily. Reading is essential for your cognition. But you already knew that. How about this? Reading will also turn you into a better thinker and writer. “But I still don’t like to read.” Well, there are many things in life we don’t like, but we still do them. Instead of telling yourself, that you don’t like to read, learn to enjoy it by doing it every day.
And like magic, one day, you’ll love to read.
4. Sleep 7-8 Hours a Night
Some people can perform well with 5 hours of sleep. But most of us need more. If you’re part of the latter group, make sure you get enough sleep. And be dead serious about it. If you’re not in a position to cancel meetings etc, sleep early.
5. Walk 30 Minutes a Day
If you can’t MAKE the time to go for a daily walk, you’re not in control of your life. I don’t even walk for the health benefits. Sure, walking keeps the body moving and is good for you. We can’t deny that life is routine. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But when you walk outside, you’re forced to be one with the world. It heightens your senses. You can go alone or with someone else. You can have a good conversation. Or you can simply enjoy the surroundings.
6. Be Present
We’re so focused on our goals that we forget to enjoy the present moment. We’re always waiting until we achieve something. “I will be happy then.” Nope, you won’t if you’re always stuck in the future. Find a trigger that brings you back to the present moment.
7. Practice Kindness & Love
We all treat our love like it’s a depletable resource. That’s false. Love is unlimited and never runs out. You can give it away as much as you like. But your ego stops you from doing that. You always want something in return. So give this a try. Realize that you have unlimited resources. Give some of your love and kindness away every day. Don’t worry about keeping score. You have enough love anyway.
8. Save 30% of Your Income
If you can’t save 30%, save 10%. Saving is not about how much. It’s about how often. If you can’t save 30%, save 10%. Saving is not about how much. It’s about how often. Save on the small things. They will turn into big lumps of cash in time.
These habits are all small. And the daily progress you make seems insignificant. You will only see the return it has on your life over time. You must stick to these habits until your life gets better. And when that happens, you’ll keep going—not because you have to, but because you want to.