Top 10 Strongly Positive Habits for Better Life
DO NOT STOP;- Do What Others Don’t Want to Do
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I will do what others can’t.”
Write Down a Blacklist of the Habits that Are Slowing You Down
Creating a list of things that are currently wasting your time and energy and proactively avoiding anything that appears on that list is a good way to start having more control over your life. Below is an example of a blacklist of bad habits or not-to-do lists.
- Don’t check your metrics or stats
- No social media between 9:30 am and 1 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm
- Avoid personal phone calls between 9 am and 1 pm
- No TV before bed & redirecting conversations to myself next time I go out with my friends
- No junk food from Monday to Saturday and no alcohol from Sunday to Friday
Focus on the Circle of Influence
- One of my favorite self-improvement books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
- In case you have never read it, I highly recommend it.
- There is one idea I learned in this book that helped me re-frame my mindset, become more productive, and waste less time and energy on useless tasks.
- The concept I’m talking about is the Circle of Influence.
- Proactive people focus their efforts on the Circle of Influence.
- They work on the things they can do something about.— Stephen Covey
Work in Micro-shifts
- The best way to do this is by following the same logic of the Pomodoro Technique, finding your ideal shift duration.
- The benefits of this time-management technique are many:
- It helps reduce distractions;
- It makes you more productive and helps you get things done;
- Taking frequent breaks prevents tiredness and helps you stay focused and productive;
- You can measure your work and have an idea of how long you have spent on your tasks.
Make Your Bed in the Morning
- According to Admiral William M Craven:
- “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.
- It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”
Show Genuine Curiosity in Others by Using Follow-up Questions
Avoid Meetings or Calls With No Clear Agenda or End Time
Eliminate Small Decisions
- Eliminating small decisions, like what to wear each morning, can help you save mental energy.
- As Caroline Klatt mentioned in an interview published in Inc:
- “Throughout the course of the day, you make thousands of decisions.
- Some are trivial, like what song to listen to while you’re getting dressed, and some are major, like how to handle a big crisis at work.
- Eventually, your brain reaches decision fatigue, which lowers the quality of all the decisions you make.”
Practice Walking Meditation
- Meditation changed my life.
- Anytime someone struggles with stress or anxiety I recommend it and explain its benefits.
- Most of the time, the reaction I get is something along these lines:
- “I don’t have the patience to sit still and focus on the present moment. I just can’t.”
Ask Someone to Hide Your Phone or Hide It Yourself
During university, I had a particularly productive friend. During our last semester together she prepared for a complicated Marketing exam in only a few days. One day I was having lunch with her and I asked her how she could do that. She gave me this piece of advice. When you are working or studying, hide your phone behind your computer.
“Why should I keep the phone behind my computer?”
- I thought.
- However, I decided to give it a try.
- On that afternoon, I studied for a few hours with some short breaks to recharge and kept my phone hidden behind my laptop, where I couldn’t see it.
- Then I understood.
- That simple piece of advice helped me remove my worst distraction and temptation from my phone and it helped me stay focused for hours.