Some people make life seem effortless and simple. They achieve amazing goals with no struggle, breeze through the hardest days without breaking a sweat, and seem to feel happy in even the toughest of circumstances.
These people aren’t different from you. In fact, they face the exact same feelings and anxieties. However, what separates the successful and the unsuccessful isn’t genetic material or ability, but their mindset, their goals, and – most importantly – their habits.
These 10 habits of the rich, successful, and healthy might surprise you due to their simplicity. However, they’re the key to transforming your life and making yourself a more productive, focused, and fulfilled person.
1. Set yourself unique and inspiring goals every single day
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most celebrated comedians. He’s also one of the richest – since the final episode of Seinfeld aired in 1998, he’s earned $3.1 billion in repeat fees.
Seinfeld’s success didn’t come out of thin air. Instead, he used a remarkably simple productivity system to come up with the best jokes and funniest stories:
Every day, he would write something. It could be a single joke, a funny anecdote, or even a full episode’s script. After he’d finished writing, he would mark the day on a wall calendar with a red X.
After a few days, a chain of crosses started to emerge on the calendar. Seinfeld’s only goal was to keep the chain going – every day, whether a Monday or a Sunday, he sat down to write, and marked each day with a big red X.
2. Before you sleep, summarize your biggest achievements
There’s more to productivity and success than just setting goals. After all, it’s easy to set goals and then ignore them.
Before you go to sleep, look back over your daily to-do list and cross off tasks you’ve completed. Add any incomplete tasks to the next day’s schedule and force yourself to complete them.
3. Wake up at the exact same time every day
Everyone knows the importance of going to sleep at the same time every night. Few people, however, know how important it is to wake up at the same time every day.
Set yourself a ‘wake-up time’ and make sure you’re alert, awake, and out of bed at the right time each morning. Whether you go to sleep at 10PM or 4AM, make sure you stick to your schedule.
Waking up at the same time every day helps to develop your circadian rhythm – an internal body clock that keeps your body energetic, healthy, and focused.
4. Don’t fall for the hype about multitasking
You’ve probably heard how important multitasking is for getting things done. Here’s a little secret: it’s really not that great.
Multitasking sounds like an excellent strategy for getting work done – after all, what could be better than doing two tasks in the time it normally takes to do one? Its only problem is that it doesn’t work far more often than it does.
The world’s most successful people all have one thing in common: they focused on one goal at a time. From Steve Jobs to William Shakespeare, the world’s best CEOs and artists always achieved one goal before starting on the next.
5. Spend too much time online? Block distracting sites
Most people waste 80 percent of their workday online. Even if you’re focused and attentive at work, you doubtlessly spend at least an hour or two browsing Twitter and Facebook once you get home.
It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dedicate time normally spent on social media on achieving your goals and transforming your life. Log off early and go for a run, develop your artwork, or expand your dream business!
6. Practice mindful eating for health and relaxation
Mindful eating is a Buddhist practice that asks you to do something simple: eat your food slowly and appreciate every single bite.
It sounds silly, but it’s an amazing way to do two things: eat a better diet and truly appreciate the taste of the food that you eat. Next time you’re about to stuff down dinner, stop and appreciate the taste, the smell, and the texture of your meal.
7. Every week, reconnect with a friend or acquaintance
In France and Italy, workers take two-hour lunch breaks to socialize and reconnect with their friends and coworkers. In Hong Kong, businesses refuse to answer their phones from 12PM until 2PM due to the importance of taking time off for lunch.
Does your rushed, fast-paced lifestyle make it difficult to sit down with friends and acquaintances for lunch? Set yourself a goal of catching up with friends every week for an extended lunch or dinner – your mind and body will appreciate it.
8. Can’t sleep? Write down your thoughts before you go to bed
Do you spend hours tossing and turning before you fall asleep? There are hundreds of reasons for insomnia to occur, but one of the most common is anxiety over your thoughts.
Purge your mind of demanding thoughts by keeping a special diary on your bedside table. Whenever you find yourself worrying about something, write it down to deal with tomorrow.
Not only will this help you fall asleep faster – you’ll also wake up feeling refreshed, prepared, and ready to conquer last night’s thoughts and ideas.
9. Write negative people and influences out of your life
Some people are emotional vampires. No, not the bloodsucking type – these people feed on your happiness and seem to drag you down whenever you’re feeling happy with your life.
From narcissists to perpetual victims, emotional vampires can be a huge drag on your happiness, your focus, and your ambition. Write them out of your life to feel more focused and ambitious, as well as far happier.
10. Avoid technology an hour before you go to sleep
Technology is addictive, and using it too much (or for too long) can lead to a new condition known as tech burnout. Free yourself from tech addiction by turning off your computer, tablet, or TV at least an hour before you go to sleep.
Not only will this give you some personal time to reflect on your day or read a new book, it will also help you fall asleep quicker. Researchers believe that using tablets before sleeping stops your body from producing melatonin – an important sleep hormone.
Question of the Day:
What are some surprising habits that have helped you transform your life?
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