The Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life (part 2)
If you've seen any of my other work, you'll know that I'm a big believer in setting up systems and habit that will set you up for success in life.
Which is why I wanted to share the daily habits that will change your life. If you haven't read the first part of this, you can find it here.
Reading is to your brain what exercise is for your body. It helps you increase brain connectivity and also it’s been shown to increase conversational skills, your vocabulary and imagination too.
However, you don’t need to be reading the latest Nobel prize winner’s non-fiction book about some really complicated topic that puts you to bed rather than engage you.
Reading should be a pleasurable activity that makes you excited to pick up your book and not let it go, so indulge in whatever makes you happy.
TIP: Reading before bed is a great way to avoid being your phone and will make you fall asleep quicker.
2. Remove distractions
Here, you want to focus on being present and aligning your actions with your purpose on the daily.
The distractions that I’m talking about could be a million different things - social media, negative thinking, self-doubt, “over-researching”, Netflix etc.
The way to recognise them is to notice the things that you find yourself leaning into when you feel uncomfortable, out of your comfort zone or bored.
So how can you remove this type of noise? Whenever you decide to spend your precious attention and energy or anything, ask yourself ‘Is this serving me in any way?’ and if the answer is ‘Yes’, then the next question should be ‘Is this something that future me will thank me for?’
The reason why you need that second question is because most distractions seem to serve us in the moment, if we focus on instant gratification.
Try to spend your time focused on what matters to you, say NO to people and things that you could delegate or that don’t serve you, and see what happens.
Remove noise such notifications, unsubscribe from newsletters and media that doesn’t serve you, turn off the news and instead align your purpose with your actions.
Use social media sparingly and edit your feed so you’re never bombarded with content that will trigger you into what I call "comparisonitis”.
I could give you hundreds of pages of research on how sleep affects our mental health, mood, performance and health. Basically, I'll assume we agree on the fact that sleep affects your happiness and success.
Instead here are 4 tips for you:
👉🏻Go to sleep when you’re tired - listen to your body and don't feed it intense screen activity or studying late at night. Also, if you’re trying to fall asleep but it’s been over 20 minutes and it doesn’t seem to be working, get up, go into another room, and engage in a light activity such as listening to music or reading a novel.
👉🏻No big meals before bed. While eating a large meal can make you feel sleepy, at the same time it will raise your blood sugar and will make you sleep really poorly. Aim to eat a fairly balanced meal at least 3 hours before going to bed.
👉🏻Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. If you start bringing your work into bed at 9pm and wake up with a device less than 30 cm away from your face first thing in the morning, you’re basically asking your brain to be awake and constantly be checking for “novelty”.
👉🏻Try to charge your phone further from your bed or in another room. And no, you don’t need your phone for an alarm. Try something like this instead.
4. Get organised
Your brain’s purpose is to come up with ideas, not to store information, which is why planning is so important.
You don't need a gazillion lists or to map out your life in a calendar. Find the organisational system that works best for you, however, the principles stay the same.
Have a clear goal in mind for the day/week/quarter/year, etc. Remember this - what doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done.
Write it down. Putting pen on paper has been shown to activate parts of our brain that help with memory and reaching goals.
Prioritise. Even if you’re not a planner, try to look at the things you’re giving the most attention, time and energy to and ask yourself how important those are in your life.
Check in with your priorities and make sure your actions are aligned.
5. Personal development
You know how they say you never regret a workout? The same applies to your personal development & learning!
Successful people choose to get outside their comfort zone intellectually, they seek answers to problems in all aspects of their life and they’re always staying up to date with their interests, looking things up and learning new skills.
Becoming a lifelong learner has so many benefits for our health, happiness and ultimately affects our actions in all life aspects. But let’s be clear - you don’t become that overnight.
Choose one or two things you care about and make learning about them part of your lifestyle.
You might find learning boring because of your past experiences, but learning can be fun as long as you choose what you learn, how and why!
If your why isn’t strong enough, you’ll end up giving up, so choose something that really interests you, not what's “cool” or trending.
I hope you found this article useful and do let me know about the results that you’re achieving!
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