In the sea of habits that could enhance your life, only a few of them stand out from the rest and give you an edge in life.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. “
Working in a high capacity for a long period of time can exhaust anyone, and if you are not taking the proper amount of time to rest, your body will crash, and it will have consequences on everything you do.
That’s why it makes a lot of sense to start everything here. Now, I won’t tell you to sleep for 8 hours every night or to wake up at a specific hour. That’s entirely up to you.
Instead, your goal should be to find the right time to go to bed and the right time to wake up, so you can get enough rest, remain healthy and feel energized.
The moment you step outside and let the daily momentum kick in, you slowly reduce the control over how your day pans out. That control is difficult to re-gain later in the day.
That’s why it’s essential to wake up earlier and use the first couple of hours so that you can take control over your state of mind and your body. In those few hours, you’ll kickstart the day in the way it suits you best.
The sedentary lifestyle is slowly killing us, and we are not even noticing it.
You need to make a deal with yourself that no matter what happens in your life, health comes first — which means that you need to take care of yourself first before you engage in anything else.
There are only two things you need to keep in mind:
Make small actions every day, and let the compound effect do its thing.
We live in a world where everything is designed to steal your attention (including this article), and that makes it challenging to find a peaceful moment just for yourself.
And these moments are necessary if we’re going to keep clarity and calmness of our mind.
That’s why you need to find few minutes a day — preferably earlier in the day, to create a grounding effect that will help you center yourself, and re-focus on what’s important.
If nothing, just to breathe and calm your thoughts.
It’s easy to get swept away with the dynamic environment we live in.
Because of this, you need to constantly pull yourself back and plan out how you want your life to unfold instead of letting the external circumstances do it for you.
Execution is what matters, but this depends solely on your ability to plan and follow through on that plan.
Not all things you do will give you a high return on investment.
Your time is precious, and you should be careful where you’re allocating it.
Whenever in doubt, look at your plan, and ask yourself:
What are the 20% of activities that will yield the 80% of the results?
And then do it.
Know that your goals dictate what you need to learn.
You should never randomly acquire skills. Try instead to learn the skills that will help you achieve your goals, no matter in what area of your life.
Know that every skill you acquire will not be beneficial on its own but will stack up with every skill you’ve acquired earlier, and you will start moving forward.
Reading, no matter the genre sparks creativity and unleashes your imagination.
The reason for this is because every new idea a book can offer (no matter how small it seems) interacts with the knowledge you already have.
So whenever you open a book, look for just one idea, and see how you can apply it in everyday life.
If you are the most active person in the room, you are in the wrong room.
Find people that are doing something incredible with their lives and learn from them.
Even interacting with people who are driven and are accomplishing something in their life will serve as an inspiration. It will get you to take action.
Time is passing by faster than ever because we have more things that preoccupy us.
This makes it challenging to take a break to reflect and evaluate how our lives are turning out.
So, just before you go to bed, give yourself a goal to evaluate your day and what can be improved the next day.
Not only this but every couple of months you should take a day or two to evaluate your plans. To see what delivers results, and what needs to be cut.
Then, adapt your plan and don’t be afraid to pivot if necessary.
Originally published at medium.com