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I’m all about successful habits.

The process of developing them is quite simple – you choose one and focus only on it, you make a plan and list steps to take daily, you follow it for at least a month, try to eliminate distractions and stay motivated.

Many others have done it and shared their experience, so there’s enough to learn about each step.

The process is simple, but not easy.

It takes dedication, discipline, willpower, sacrifices, going through periods when you’ll want to give up and go back to your old habits, etc.

And that’s exactly why not everyone does it. But once you overcome these barriers, you’ll be introduced to the new, better version of yourself. And you’ll wish you had known this person earlier.

I’ve tried to build many habits. With some I succeeded, with others I failed. Some I do every now and then, others just don’t work for me.

That’s normal. But now I want to share the ones that I’ve found to work best because I think you can benefit from them too.

Here they are:

The Habits That Work Best for Me

1. Getting up early.

No need to roll your eyes. I know you’ve heard this one more times than you can count. But there’s a reason you keep hearing about it.
It’s because this one change can turn your life around.

Once you become an early riser and see all the benefits of the early morning, you’ll change your opinion.

2. Having a morning routine.

How you spend that first hour after getting out of bed is also important.

It won’t really be productive if you just lie there checking your phone. That’s why a morning ritual comes in handy.

Here’s my latest. And here’s one for getting things done in the early hours.

3. Writing in the morning.

I’m doing it because I found out I’m most productive at that time. And I feel great after it.

My creative energy is at its maximum, I’m motivated as I know I’ve already got up early and had my morning routine, and now I can finish the first part of the day by doing some writing.

Your reasons may be different, but still it’s worth trying. Check out what morning pages are and see how they can help you.

4. Focusing on what works and doing more of it.

That’s a habit too, yes.

The 3 things I listed above are a result of experimenting, trying different versions and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

Then I simply stop doing what doesn’t help me in any way, and do more of what does.

5. Making a to-do list the night before.

Such a simple technique, and yet so powerful.

I’ve had this habit for a long time, and it costs me no effort as it takes a minute or two.

So I urge you to start using to-do lists, and do this before you go to bed. This way you get a clear idea of what you need to get done tomorrow, and in the morning you know where to start and what’s left.
Also, there’s the deep satisfaction of crossing things off it and feeling proud of yourself once you see it completed.

The same applies to not to-do lists. (Don’t know what that is? See this post.)

6. Letting go.

This is the mental habit that can bring you peace, make your contented, help you stop living in the past and holding onto things, and give you freedom and the ability to live life to the fullest.

Most people find it too hard to develop. But it’s worth it.
It means letting go of what was and will be so that you can fully experience the present moment.

That helped me overcome things I can’t change and control.

We spend so much energy, time and effort trying to analyze past experiences, that we end up reliving them. Which only ruins our present.

Also, the past doesn’t really bother me anymore. And that helps me focus on the now, which is where we create our future.

Another thing I’m working on is leaving all expectations behind. I consider this the hardest.

We expect others to act in a certain way and when they don’t, we’re disappointed. We expect things to turn out as we imagine, but life surprises us.
And it’s not that we can’t handle it, it’s just that the idea of not being prepared, not having our ideals and fantasies answered and expectations met destroys us.

7. Not sharing goals with others.

This habit is not for everyone. But it helps me stay focused on my personal projects without knowing what others think about them.

Others have nothing to do with your goals.

And considering that yours are slightly bigger and more ambitious than the average, people will probably say it’s impossible, look at you in a different way, discourage you, etc.

Or this way you may set the bar too high, and when you achieve something different from what you said you wanted, or if it takes longer than you planned, they will take this as a failure.

But there’s also the chance of receiving support, advice and help. If that’s what you need, then share your goals.
It’s just not my thing as it distracts me too much from my work.

These are the habits I can think of right now that give me most of my results.
And I know I need to stay consistent. The rest will fall into place.

What are the ones that work best for you? Share the practices that help you improve in the comments below.

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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