Many people want to change or improve something in their lives. Yet, very few people actually make those said changes. Often, they’ll say they haven’t got the time and simply revert to their old behaviours.
However, you may have heard the saying, “It’s better to spend 5 minutes per day learning a new language than 5 hours once per month.”
Tony Robbins has similarly said, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
This article will explore a few simple habits that can make a big difference. Here we go.
1. Keep a notebook.
There’s so much you can do with a notebook, it’s worth keeping one on you at all times. Record your ideas in it. Record your daily priorities in it. Record how you’re feeling in it.
When you move your thoughts to paper, it declutters your mind and gives space for new things. Something so simple can have a great effect.
2. Time your work.
Setting a timer only takes a second. However, it can save you hours in the long run. If you set a countdown timer for 60 minutes, for example, and then set one focus during that time, you’ll be surprised how much you can get done.
Psychologists would call this a “Forcing Function.” It forces you to be more deliberate in your actions and make proper use of your time.
3. Meditate and reflect.
Like with keeping a notebook, it’s important to take the time to pause and reflect.
You can’t always be in “go go go” mode. Without reflection, you’ll miss all the positive and good you’re doing.
Everyone knows the importance of reading, but not everyone makes the time for it. Giving yourself at least 5-minutes to pick-up a book or browse some articles is a great way to expose yourself to new ideas.
5. Bodyweight exercises.
Five minutes of exercising may seem silly. However, bodyweight exercises like push-ups, burpees, or lunges are great for releasing endorphins, getting the blood flowing and getting your brain operating at optimum levels.
If you timed your work and then did a few exercises between intervals, you’d find this is a great way to fix posture, stay alert and feel good.