Having enormous goals for your life is exhilarating, exciting and sometimes, utterly terrifying. If you create daily habits to automate certain aspects of your life, however, you’ll create a sturdy foundation to require risks from.
As tempting as it is to undertake and alter quite one habit at a time to succeed in your goals more quickly, the other is true. Doing poorly with one habit will have a consequence on the habits you’re doing well with. The house of cards will topple over and therefore the level of discouragement you’ll feel will make it that much harder to urge back on your feet.
Here are daily habits which will make an instantaneous difference in your lifestyle and assist you to reach your goals:
I found it hard to go to sleep until I started visualizing how I wanted the following day to go. Instead of my mind wandering from topic to topic, specializing in what “might” fail, I started specializing in what “would” go right. If you not only list in your mind what you’re going to do on a subsequent day but visualize yourself doing it, this matter-of-fact planning process helps keep uncertainty at bay (and the next day goes much smoother!).
- Define Your Priorities
One of the big reasons why you’re not reaching your goals is likely to do with how much you have on your plate, professionally and personally. It’s likely you’re trying to do too many things at the same time. Ask yourself: what are your ultimate goals? Once you’ve defined them, drop everything that doesn’t cater to them. You can always come back to these things later after you’ve established what’s most important to you.
- Get Up Earlier
I now get all of my important work done before everyone else is even awake—you wouldn’t believe the difference this makes! There’s no better feeling than knowing regardless of what happens for the remainder of the day, you’ve accomplished what you began to. Bring on the interruptions and distractions; you’ll be armed and ready!
- Create a Morning Routine
Wake up and do similar things in the same order before you begin your day: have a glass of water, exercise, read, etc. Do things that you normally don’t have time for that make you happy. Easing into your day rather than rushing to urge starts not only depletes your stress level significantly but puts you in a very proactive frame of mind for the rest of the day.
- Drink Water
Having a glass of water the first thing in the morning helps rid your body of toxins that have been stored overnight. Not only does it aid your digestive tract, but it also boosts your metabolism, helping you feel energized sooner.
- Single task
Only 2% of the world’s population can successfully multitask. The rest of us posers are serial-tasking: flitting from one task to another, nudging ourselves forward with each instead of focusing on one at a time. It’s a troublesome habit to interrupt, but once you are doing your mind feels clearer, you are feeling less restless, and therefore the quality of your work skyrockets across the board.
- Go Minimal
External clutter leads to mental clutter. Do a clean sweep of your home and get rid of everything you don’t use or haven’t used. By the end of my very own clean sweep last year, it seemed like I’d been robbed! There’s no better feeling than knowing you actually need and use everything you’re surrounded by. Bonus: you also save time by not having as much to clean!
- Set Online Boundaries
One of the simplest daily habits you can establish isn’t checking e-mail or social media accounts very first thing in the morning. Create specific windows of your time for your online tasks. It’s okay to see your email periodically just in case you receive urgent requests from your boss or co-workers, but if you check and there aren’t any, abort and get back to your day.
- Create an Evening Routine
Your evening routine is simply as important as your morning routine because it prepares your body for a solid night’s sleep. Create a soothing routine that starts about an hour before you move to the bed, and use it as your body’s “signal” that it’s time to sleep