The key to being successful and happy is taking care of yourself. That means making time for activities that improve your life, like getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly. But it also means focusing on small things that make a big difference in your day-to-day life—like creating morning rituals that help you feel energized, organized, and focused before starting work or tackling stressful tasks. here we discuss some short habits that are high impacts in the longer term of life.
Spending less than 60 seconds to make your bed.
It doesn’t take more than 60 seconds to make your bed, and it’ll provide a ton of benefits for you.
- It signals to your mind that the day has begun, which helps you get off to a good start.
- It’s a great way to motivate yourself in the morning by checking off an item on your “to do list,” which will often lead to checking off other items as well.
- The act of making your bed allows for reflection on how you want to live each day: Are you going down the path of being lazy or are you going down the path of being productive? Making your bed is an easy way to set yourself up for success during the rest of the day.
Drinking water first thing in the morning.
Drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way to kick start your day. It can help you stay hydrated throughout the day and will wake you up, allowing you to be more focused on what’s ahead.
Drinking water first thing in the morning also has other benefits like helping with weight loss and improving digestion, which can make it easier for some people to start their day off right with eating breakfast.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your health while increasing productivity at work, then this habit may be something worth trying out!
Stop staring at screen all the time unnecessarily.
One of the most common ways that we waste our time is by spending it on things that don’t add value to our lives. This can include anything from scrolling through social media, playing games, or even checking email and news.
- Set a daily limit for yourself on how much time you spend on your phone. For example, if you normally go online from 12-2 p.m., then try setting a timer for 30 minutes and see how long it takes for the alarm to go off before turning off notifications and putting away your phone entirely (or at least in another room). It’s also important that this doesn’t become an all-day task—you should only do this once per day so as not to become overwhelmed by constantly trying not to spend too much time looking at screens!
- Turn off notifications from apps such as Facebook Messenger so they don’t distract or interrupt other activities throughout the day; instead, check them when having downtime after completing tasks instead!
Do not check your phone first thing after waking up. Start your day with something that improves your activity, like exercise or meditation.
After you wake up, the first thing you should do is get up. I’m not talking about hitting snooze or rolling over and going back to sleep. I mean actually getting out of bed and standing up, even if it means doing so while groggy and half-asleep.
Then go do your morning routine—brush your teeth, shower, whatever else is part of your process—and then start your day by doing something that makes it better than before: go for a run or lift weights; meditate for 20 minutes; eat breakfast with friends instead of in front of a screen (or at least try).
Doing a morning brain dump.
What is a brain dump? A brain dump is simply listing the thoughts and ideas that are in your head at any given moment. It’s a way to get everything that’s on your mind out of your head and onto paper, or into an app or whatever else you like using to capture information.
The point of doing this exercise isn’t necessarily to organize what you write down, but rather to just get it all out as quickly as possible. Why should you do a brain dump? Because when our thoughts are rattling around our brains, they can be distracting us from focusing on the tasks at hand.
By writing them down in one place (or more than one), we can let go of those thoughts and make room for the new ones coming up next! How do I do a brain dump? You can use pen and paper, index cards—whatever works best for you!
Write down anything that comes into your head; if it seems important later on but wasn’t very significant in the moment of creation then throw it away once you’re done writing down everything else; if not then keep track of where exactly each thought came from so later on when figuring out what went wrong with whatever project/task/etc.
Daily gratitude journaling.
- Gratitude journaling is a great way to focus on the positive.
- When you write down what you’re grateful for in your existence, it can help you to be more positive throughout the day and look forward to the future.
- Writing in a gratitude journal daily is important because it helps you remember all of the good things that have happened in your existence, including small successes and big accomplishments.
- You can make your own gratitude journal or buy one from any store that sells stationery supplies like Target or Staples (or Amazon). The key is getting into the habit of writing something down every day so that it becomes habitual over time.
Reading before you start working or making decisions.
Reading is a great activity to do before you start your day. Reading can help you learn new things, gain new perspectives, relax, reduce stress and improve your memory. It can also increase your knowledge.
Instead of thinking about what you want to do later, think about what you need to do now and do it as soon as possible.
When you have a lot of things that need to get done and no time for doing them, the best thing to do is to make a list of all the things you need to do.
Once you get your list ready, start at the top and work your way down until everything on it is crossed out. Do not worry if this takes longer than expected—it’s better than having too many unfinished tasks lying around in your head.
If there are any tasks that seem too big or complicated at first glance, break them into smaller ones so they aren’t overwhelming anymore. This will help remove procrastination from even seemingly impossible challenges because they will seem manageable once again (and maybe even fun!).
The Pomodoro technique is a method to help you focus on the task at hand. It’s simple and effective but relies on your ability to self-motivate yourself through monitoring your progress.
The idea behind the technique is simple: you set a timer for 25 minutes, work during those 25 minutes, then take 5 minutes off after every session (the “Pomodoro”). You repeat this cycle until your task is completed—at which point you reward yourself with some time off or another activity of your choosing.
It’s worth noting that while this may seem like an overly-simple concept in theory, it can be difficult to implement into daily life if you’re not already used to working in short bursts with regular breaks in between. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Set up an environment conducive to productivity by clearing away all distractions (phones/tablets/etc.) and turning them off completely if possible; turn down the music if needed; close any unnecessary programs on your computer screen; etc…
Write down what you want to achieve tomorrow before going to bed so that you wake up with a plan already in mind that you can execute.
This hack is about establishing a habit of creating a task list for the next day and prioritizing tasks according to their importance so that you can wake up in the morning with a clear plan of action.
The power of writing things down is proven over and over again. When we write something down, it becomes more real and concrete than if we only thought about it in our head.
To put this into practice: before going to bed, write down all the things you want to achieve tomorrow on a piece of paper. This way, when you wake up in the morning and have time for some reflection before starting your day (which I recommend), you’ll already know what needs to be done without having been distracted by other things or conversations during breakfast or while commuting to work or school/university, etc. You can also use this as an opportunity to review last week’s list; if there are items on it that haven’t been completed yet, then they should definitely be prioritized today!
Set aside some time for making a weekly plan
Set aside sometime every week to plan out the rest of your week and update it as things change throughout the week.
While you can use a dedicated notebook or calendar to write down events, appointments, tasks, and goals for the upcoming seven days (which we recommend), there are many apps that will do this for you. We like Todoist because it has an easy-to-use interface but also integrates with other productivity tools like Google Calendar and Asana. Whatever tool you choose should be something that allows you to easily write down your tasks so they don’t fall through the cracks; not just a reminder app on your phone! Don’t get discouraged if you miss a day; just start again tomorrow!
To keep yourself accountable with this habit (and really any other), make sure to use a habit tracker like CoachMe or Lift so that everyone knows about your progress towards completing these 40+ habits in 40 short weeks!
Decide ahead of time the one most important task you need to complete each day and work on it first thing in the morning.
If you got trouble getting started on the day’s most important task, consider setting aside a specific time to work on it. For example, if you need to do something that requires concentration but doesn’t require much energy, try working on it during your commute—if you drive or take public transportation to work. If not, maybe set aside five minutes after waking up or before going to bed for this task. Decide ahead of time what that most important task is and commit yourself to start each day off with a bang.
This can be especially beneficial if the task involves putting in some study time or research. By deciding ahead of time what your goal will be and committing yourself to do this at a particular time each day, you’ll set yourself up for success and make sure none of those precious moments go unused!
Plan out your practices for each day so that you can make continuous progress toward your goals
One of the most important things you can do when starting out with a new habit is to plan it out for each day.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things in your life and it has a huge impact on your productivity, motivation, and energy levels. If you’re tired or exhausted, it’s hard to focus on anything else and make progress toward your goals. Make sure you get enough sleep every night so that you wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for action! If possible try getting 8 hours per night (the amount recommended by experts), but if that isn’t possible then just aim for 7 hours instead – this will still make a big difference in helping improve both health & performance levels throughout daily activities without having any negative effects on long term health risks associated with insufficient sleep patterns such as heart disease risks associated with lack of sufficient restorative rest periods during which growth hormones are increased levels through increased production cycles triggered by changes happening within us during these intervals where our bodies are resting naturally rather than being forced awake.
We hope you found the above habits useful, and that they’ve inspired you to create a few new ones of your own. If you want more information on how to increase your ROI, check out our other articles on productivity.
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