When it comes to daily habits, there are some things you need to realize and keep in mind. There are both good and bad habits; obviously, you want to repeat the good habits and stop the bad habits. Therefore, you have to recognize what makes up daily habits and know what to do and what not to do in order to form daily habits.
We will go over the do’s and don’ts of daily habits below.
When you want to create a daily habit, you want to get into a routine of doing the same thing day after day and week after week. You don’t want to deviate from doing that same thing. Granted, life and circumstances will sometimes cause you to alter your schedule, but as much as you can control, you need to attempt to do the same positive action every day.
For instance, if you are attempting to exercise every day, try to do it at about the same time each day. Whether that’s in the morning before you head to work and/or take the children to school, or if it’s late in the evening after you have finished the chores and/or put the children to bed, try to do it at about the same time each day to develop it into an ongoing habit.
If you want to establish a daily habit, do not make excuses on why you can’t do it. If you have extra work due to your business or occupation and need to squeeze extra time for that, don’t just remove your exercise routine just because you need extra time in your day for the work.
If you start making excuses on why you can’t do a daily positive habit regularly, the only habit you will form is a negative one that involves making excuses to get out of things or tasks you know you should be doing, but really don’t want to do and will make virtually any excuse to get out of doing it.
Therefore, when you want to establish a daily habit, you need to do everything possible to do that same task day after day, week after week, at about the same time each day. This will help to reinforce this action so that it becomes almost involuntary, just as habits are.
Similarly, you need to ensure you don’t make excuses on why you can’t do a positive habit or you will not form a habit of doing a positive action, but rather form a negative habit of making excuses out of doing things or tasks you know you should be doing, but would prefer to not do them and find virtually any way to get out from doing those things or tasks.
Everyone has accomplishments that he/she wants to achieve; in other words, people have goals that they want to reach. What many of us struggle with is that we often don’t achieve the accomplishments we want to achieve and fall short in the goals that we want to reach.
When we don’t achieve goals we want to reach, we feel disappointed and even dejected over falling short. What we need to do is to consistently turn those goals into reality in order to boost our self-esteem and our self-confidence in achieving the goals we set for ourselves. Learn how to turn more of your goals into reality below.
When you are attempting to turn more of your goals into reality, you need to think and start small. In other words, don’t set these lofty goals that you have no way of reaching. If you are obese and want to lose 100 pounds, you’re NOT going to achieve that in one week or even one month, even if you exercise several hours a day and cut your food intake to one to two meals per day.
Yet, if you set your goal to losing all of that weight within one week or even one month, you’re going to fall short and be down on yourself because you fell short.
Instead, set more manageable and attainable goals so that you can turn more of them into reality. If you’re obese and want to lose 100 pounds, start off by aiming to lose 5 pounds by the end of the month. Most dietitians and physicians recommend losing about 1 pound per week; therefore, you would be attempting to lose just over 1 pound per week.
If you set a more realistic goal of losing 5 pounds per month, you are likelier to achieve it through good weight management (i.e. less food, more exercise, etc.). This will boost your self-esteem and self-confidence in your ability to lose your overall goal of 100 pounds.
Plus, you could lose even more than five pounds per month, which can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence even more so that you achieve your long-term goal of 100 pounds quicker than you expect (i.e. in 20 months, as 5 pounds times 20 months equals 100 pounds).
Therefore, the shortcut of turning your goals into reality is setting more manageable, attainable goals and achieving them. This will boost your self-esteem and self-confidence to where you can more easily achieve your long-term, overall goals while achieving short-term goal after short-term goal immediately.
There are two main types of goals that you can strive to achieve- short-term goals and long-term goals. Short-term goals are those goals that usually involve relatively easy to moderate tasks and that can be completed within a relatively short period of time – usually from within a few minutes to maybe a few weeks at most.
Long-term goals are those goals that usually involve either harder tasks and/or a much higher number of relatively easy to moderate tasks that take longer to complete- usually from one or more weeks to several months or even a year or more. We will go over more of the differences between short-term and long-term goals below.
Short-term goals are those goals that usually can be accomplished within a few minutes to maybe a few weeks at most. For instance, if you are a student and have a test at the end of the upcoming week, you will need to review the material and prepare for the test.
Doing well on that test can be considered a short-term goal. If you are an entrepreneur and plan to promote someone else’s product, creating a few email marketing campaigns and a few social media posts could be considered a short-term goal, since completing such campaigns and posts should only take a few hours at most to complete.
Long-term goals are those goals that usually need a few weeks to even a few years to accomplish. For instance, if you are a student, doing well on your final exam for a course could be considered a long-term goal, since you have to review all of the course material from the past several weeks in order to do well on that exam.
Graduating from high school or college can also be considered a long-term goal, as it often takes four years (or sometimes more in the case of college) to get your diploma or degree. If you are an entrepreneur, preparing for your own product launch and recruiting affiliates to promote your launch can be considered a long-term goal, since it will usually take several months to successfully launch a product and benefit from it.
Usually, such a product launch can be vital to your business’ profitability and success, which is another reason why it’s a long-term goal- it’s very important to do it well, which means that much-focused effort over a long period of time has to be given to it in order to reach that long-term goal.
In order to be the most productive we can be and achieve the greatest success we can achieve, we have to be focused and committed to our work at all times.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to remain focused and committed to our work each day due to distractions that occur. Each distraction that succeeds in diverting our attention away from our work causes us to be less productive than we should or expect to be.
Learn about three key distractions that kill productivity below.
One key distraction that kills our productivity is email. Specifically, it’s the logging into our email accounts, getting a notification that we have an email, then our desire to check out what the email says. In truth, most emails are not THAT important to have to check out immediately.
The few that are, those you can take a moment or so to review if needed, but the rest of them can wait until you complete the current task you are on, then taking a few minutes to go over email in between tasks, during lunch, or during a scheduled break.
A second key distraction that kills our productivity is social media. Like email, social media involves logging into our accounts, then get a notification that we got a message or there’s new content that has been posted, and our innate desire to find out what that message or post says.
This takes away our focus and time on the task we are currently working on, and, in most cases, the social media message or post can wait. Wait until a time when you are done with your current task or even after your workday is entirely over before you look at social media posts and messages.
A third key distraction that kills our productivity is worrying, especially about future tasks, family matters, etc.
Worrying can cause us to lose focus and do lower-quality work because we are worrying about a future task and its difficulties that we are dreading to handle. Worrying can also be about issues away from work, such as at home with the family, etc.
All types of worrying cause us to lose focus on our current task, which leads to us taking longer to complete it and becoming less productive in the process. This will only make our peers and superiors question our capability of doing high-quality work quickly and will only close the door to greater opportunities and success we could have by being more productive.
Having and keeping motivation is key for anyone to achieve success on a consistent basis. Motivation is similar to the fuel that powers our vehicles to get us where we know to go; just as with that fuel, motivation is what enables us to get where we want to go in terms of goals and success.
Learn more about why motivation is so critical for achieving success below.
As mentioned above, motivation is similar to the fuel that powers our automobiles and other vehicles to get us where we want to go. Similarly, motivation is what keeps us going when we have a lot of tasks and challenges that stand in our way to achieving the goals we set.
It can be very easy to let ourselves be slowed down and even stopped by challenges along the way if we allow them to. Motivation is the “fuel” that keeps us going; it’s what we need to push through those challenges and achieve the goals we want to achieve.
Just as an automobile will slow down and stop when it runs out of fuel, you will slow down and stop if your motivation gets low and runs out. If you become depressed and distraught over your situation, you will feel less motivated to do the tasks that are required to reach your goals.
This is why it is vital to keep your motivation high to enable you to more easily complete your tasks and reach your goals.
While everyone’s motivation does drop from time to time depending on various circumstances, it’s important to get it back up as quickly as possible. Whether it’s through your own “pick-me-up” efforts, talking to loved ones about your situation, seeing a professional to overcome any challenges or issues you are facing, etc., you need to work to get your motivation back up as quickly as possible.
Otherwise, your ability to do quality work consistently will be diminished, and it will be harder to complete the tasks you need to reach to achieve your goals. It will be similar to getting a car to its destination when it runs out of gas- you have to push it forward, and pushing a heavy car by yourself to its destination is a task that is virtually impossible.
As you can see, motivation is key to achieving your goals and having success in your life. Without motivation, you will have a much harder time achieving them, much like an automobile going to a destination without fuel.
It’s important to keep your motivation level high at all times and get it back up if/when it does dip- motivation is the “fuel” you need to achieve your goals and have the best success possible in your life.