Almost 40% of our daily activities are habit-based. That means you spend almost half of your day following the same automatic routine.
What if you could harness the power of that routine to make some big changes in your life? If you replace your detrimental habits with positive ones, you can put yourself on a path to success in no time.
Keep reading for our list of good habits you need to work into your daily routine.
1. Remind Yourself of Your Goals
If you really want to improve your life, you need specific goals to work toward.
Create a list of specific goals you want to achieve. Be sure to set a due date for each one. Even if it’s something you know you can’t complete for another 10 years, a specific timeframe helps you make real progress.
Next, take that list and post it somewhere you’ll see it every single day. Make it a part of your daily routine to check your goal list and update your progress.
This will help orient everything you do toward your long-term goals. It also gives you a chance to congratulate yourself for every step forward you take.
2. Set up Your Own Schedule
The most successful people are sticklers for their schedule. They break each of their allotted 24 hours into regimented blocks that are dedicated to particular tasks.
You don’t have to be quite that rigid, but a firm schedule really does help you focus at times when your mind might normally wander.
Try devoting different times of your day to specific tasks. If you find that you’re at your sharpest and most motivated early in the morning, schedule your hardest chores for that time.
Batch similar tasks and get them all done at once. Pick one or two times in your day to answer emails or text messages, then set them aside for the rest of the day.
Finally, be sure to schedule breaks for yourself. Even the most successful people need some downtime.
3. Pay Attention to Your Health
This may be the most mundane item on our list of good habits, but it’s an essential component to happiness. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can have a big effect on your daily mood.
Healthy living can change the way you view your body. While before it may have seemed like something you’re stuck with, with a little self-care, it can become something you’re proud of for its strength and ability to change.
That kind of positive outlook shift can encourage you to feel more motivated and empowered in other areas of your life, too.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Your mental health needs attention, too. Practicing deliberate mindfulness is an effective way to improve the way you feel from day to day.
Mindfulness is maintaining a state of awareness of what’s happening around you. That means not only paying attention to the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings, but also staying aware of how your body feels and what thoughts are going through your head at any given moment.
Mindfulness can be hard to master, but it’s an essential step toward finding inner peace. Set aside some time in your daily routine to practice some slow, mindful breathing or meditation.
5. Dream Big
Don’t settle for little goals you know you can achieve. Dream up the biggest thing you can and reach for it.
Impossible dreams can challenge us, help us learn new things, and hone our creativity in our daily lives. So don’t be afraid to make your dreams and goals as big as you can imagine, and then some. You’re capable of that level of success!
6. Sleep More
Speaking of dreaming, it’s important to get your sleep. Arianna Huffington has famously debunked the myth that true success means surviving on minimal hours of shuteye.
Sleep deprivation can weaken your immune system, wreak havoc on your mood, and cause long-term health problems like obesity or high blood pressure.
Try creating a sleep ritual to give your brain a cue that it’s bedtime. Arianna shuts down her tech, takes a hot bath, and curls up with a good book to get ready for bed.
7. Find Some Friends to Challenge You
It’s great to have a group of friends who support you no matter what, but to really grow, you need some peers who can challenge you. One of the most important steps in our list of good habits is to build your group and find those that push you to be your best.
Seek out others who have attained the level of success you want. Let them put a little friendly pressure on you to stick to your goals and achieve great things.
How to Fully Embrace Our List of Good Habits
Throwing out your habitual behaviors—some of which you’ve practiced for years—can sound like a pretty impossible task. Here are some tips for how to follow our list of good habits and really stick with them.
Use Your Own Momentum
Try as we might, we can’t always control the trajectory of our lives. We face big, uncontrollable changes all the time. The good news is, there’s no better time to try out new habits than when another facet of your life is going through a big shift.
If you’re facing a career change, a big move, change in your relationship status, or another life shake-up, use it as an opportunity to change your most stubborn bad habits, too.
Keep It Up
Depending on how long you’ve practiced a particular habit, it can take a lot of repetition to change it.
Even if it’s a slow process, keep repeating your new habits every chance you get. They’ll stick eventually.
Tie New Habits to Old Ones
Finally, you need to create a context for your new habits to take root. Plan to practice your new habits directly after another action you know you’ll take.
If you’re introducing mindful meditation into your daily routine, for example, do it right after you get out of bed. After enough repetition, you’ll know that the minute your feet hit the floor, it’s time to meditate.
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