Let’s be real, folks. Nowadays, some people in this generation, what we called “millennial or gen Z,” spend their time doing nothing because you know, “YOLO- You Only Live Once” or too much “Go with the Flow”- doing things that are not beneficial to their lives but still doing it. There are also some people still figuring it out by themselves on ways how to develop effective, sustainable, and productive habits and make it stick.
Sticking with good habits could sometimes be challenging, but once habits settle in, they will benefit us forever. Routines are very clever tricks of the brain to help us save energy by automating tasks. It is the reason why we look both left and right before we cross the streets and why we lock up the door behind us when we leave or why we brush our teeth just before we go to bed. If you like to try implementing an excellent and productive habits, here are nine tips especially for beginners as these are truly beneficial when putting these habits into actions:
Start by eliminating those bad habits of yours. Some of us might not notice it because you’re having fun doing it, or you do not care at all, and that’s why you’re not making progress. Recognizing it and making small changes over the long run creates a significant impact in our lives.
Productive Habits: Make time for yourself first
Use your morning by making a habit of focusing on yourself first by merely getting a delicious breakfast, meditating, and exercise, reading the newspaper or books that you like before checking your email and your calendar because it’s a considerable productivity killer. Focusing on yourself first would give you the necessary fuel for a productive day.
You’ve probably established a few productivity-ruining habits over the years. Manage your distracting ways by organizing your schedule by day, maybe weeks, months, or create a system plan that fits your needs. Schedule a plan for the morning, afternoon, and evening to manage everything, or else you’ll get distracted from achieving more important goals or tasks throughout the day. Organizing things helps you to clear your mind and focus on a plan that you wanted to accomplish in life.
Always motivate yourself
It will not work if you feel down, lazy, and not encouraged because these three contribute to losing interest in doing your goals or tasks. Look at the mirror and motivate yourself like, “I can do it!”, “I will do this for my family,” “I want my life to be better.” Doing these would produce a boost in yourself and a fair outcome in your tasks.
The essential part of creating a new habit is staying consistent. It doesn’t matter how you would perform on any particular day. Making an effort to do things is what makes the real difference.
Make a list
List down the habits that you could make in a day, but it doesn’t mean getting things done during your workday shouldn’t mean fitting in doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours. Do you need those more than 20 tasks on your to-do list? Make a list that takes a less-is-more approach to your to-do list by only focusing on accomplishing things that matter.
Make a Plan B
“If a plan is not doing in that way, do it in this way.” Making a new habit is like an experiment; there are trials and errors. You have to learn not to judge yourself or feel guilty when you make a mistake or miss a routine (ex. You miss one exercise but not going to miss two in a row. You eat an entire pizza, but you follow it up with a healthy meal the next day. You forgot to read your favorite book today, but tomorrow morning, it doubles the page you read.) Skid on your habits doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you normal. Instead, focus on developing another plan to get back on track as quickly as possible.
It’s essential to celebrate and reward personal achievements, not only specific results. Rewarding for a particular behavior links pleasure to it and creates an emotional connection with the habit. That way, it has a higher probability of repeating itself.
Productive Habits: Create the life of your dreams
Be the person you would ideally want in the future. Visualization and Affirmation could also help significantly in creating the new habit into your routine. Visualize is a powerful motivational tool and energizer, while affirmations program the subconscious with the right mindset for establishing a new pattern or practice. Both would allow you to feel and imagine yourself carrying out the correct behaviors making it easier to adopt the new habit. Indeed, developing good habits is more manageable when employing visualization and affirmations.
So here are some tips that indeed would help start creating a new habit. Making a good habit does not only eliminate the unnecessary things you want to change, but doing these helps you improve and be the best version of yourself.
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