This is a guest post by Adela Belin, a private educator and professional writer.
“We first we make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden
Not all tasks that we perform on a daily basis are required by our jobs or the business. Knowingly or unknowingly, we indulge in a lot of activities just because of our habits. Some of our habits also help us in excelling in whatever we do. Despite best intentions and with plenty of efforts, many people don’t feel happy or accomplish what they deserve because of their unproductive habits.
The good news is with some efforts, we can develop habits that can transform our lives.
Following are some ways to develop habits that can energize your life and enable you to accomplish larger life goals:
The journey is more important than the destination.
To achieve big goals, you need to focus on small daily tasks.
No one has ever become successful overnight. You need to set a long-term goal, break it down into smaller targets, and execute the tasks efficiently to achieve daily goals or tasks. Celebrate small achievements and move forward to crack next target.
Remember that all goals are stepping stone for the next target. Thus, life is a journey and not a destination.
Your focus should be to make your journey happy, exciting and fulfilling.
Don’t confuse laziness with productivity.
Many people have a habit of engaging themselves in small, dull or pleasant activities to avoid the grueling reality of the work in hand.
With time, it becomes a habit and distracts you from the main work. Some of the activities such as checking emails all the time, social media activities, untimely tea or coffee breaks, etc. falls under this category of activities. It wastes your time and makes you lethargic.
You can overcome such habits and become more productive by working for a shorter duration at a single stretch without getting involved in anything else. For instance, you can concentrate on your job for 30-45 minutes and take a break of 10-15 minutes to do these tasks.
Gradually, you need to indulge in these activities just two or three times a day. Writing blogs, etc. also helps you realize your strength and shortcomings.
For instance, writing an essay or a blog about your three changes that you wish to make in yourself will help you discover techniques to bring required changes.
Do What You Love or Love What You Do.
If you are fortunate enough, you will have the opportunities to do what you love. However, not all people can afford this luxury.
A large number of people work in jobs they don’t like.
If you are one among them, you only have two options; either do something that you love or develop love and affection for whatever you do.
You can’t become successful if you do something with indifference. You have to be passionate about whatever you do. You can do this only by changing your attitude as the world will not change anyway.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle.
Health is the first thing people compromise when they want to achieve more.
They don’t get time to exercise, sleep properly, or relax their mind. They don’t realize that they can’t be happy with their unhealthy bodies irrespective of how rich and successful they become.
Moreover, they can’t even leave their bodies. Wherever you go and whatever you do, your body, healthy or unhealthy, will accompany you.
Thus, under no circumstances should you compromise on your health to achieve more. Eat a healthy diet, exercise more, sleep adequately and relax properly and repeat it on a daily basis until it becomes a habit.
A healthy body is the biggest gift that you can give to yourself.
Everyone has a unique style of working. Technology is constantly changing the way we work and do business. However, excellent quality, high productivity and a healthy lifestyle never go out of fashion.
Develop habits that improve these traits and make you faster, wiser and healthier with every passing day.
Soon you will realize that becoming the best in your field will no longer be just a dream, rather, you will feel at the top of the world every day.