You can start with this one: STOP listening other people recipes OR borrowing habits!
Yes, I meant that!
Committing to borrowed habits that are hard to implement will be a failure. So stop committing to habits that don’t fit your lifestyle and instead start with something more doable.
I never ever trusted the “do your bed in the morning” - SORRY, not me! or “wake up at 5 am” - SORRY, my body does not agree. These are not my habits, these are borrowed habits, and my body and mind just do not work this way.
If you’re trying to implement all the traditional productivity hacks you will end up trapped in the fast lane to exhaustion and burnout. But people often tend to forget telling you that.
Chances are that you will try, fail, and get discouraged.
So forget about it!
Find your own daily habit and start with that one.
- If dancing makes you happy, then dance every day.
- If walking clears your mind, then walk every day.
- If journaling gives you clarity, then journal every day.
- If exercising gives you strength, then exercise every day.
Which one you love the most?
Doing ONE TINY POSITIVE THING EVERY SINGLE DAY will shift your mindset and boost your mood so much that… you will see your focus and productivity change too.
Here’s my story:
In November 2016 I gave up on sugar for one week (during a fun 7-day sugar-free challenge with friends!), so for the full 7 days I have had my morning coffee black. I was not happy with it at first, but to make the moment enjoyable, I started planning my day and writing inside my friendly navigator every morning, while drinking my black coffee. In 3 days, this turned out to be an enjoyable action, and it soon became a habit: my daily 15 minutes of planning and coffee time.
__________ The results: __________
>> 3 weeks later while I was still practicing it daily, I felt the desire to test some new good actions like:
- keep my PC shut down the entire time when I am enjoying my daily 15 minutes of planning and coffee.
- mute my phone in the morning - to avoid distractions
>> 2 months later all these habits have grown into bigger, brave habits:
- leaving my business mobile phone AT WORK to prevent checking my emails in my free time (evenings and weekends)
- daily accountability talks with my partner
- working in pockets of time (15–45 minute) - helped me realize so much!
- leaving my office at 6pm (previously I was leaving at 8pm)
>> 8 months later my routine is completely changed and clean:
- I have gave up on Facebook (no more fake connecting and no more noise)
- no more hiding behind my desktop (no I go an connect with people the human way)
- no more hiding behind fluff tasks - now I work on the hard part of my business
So you see …. I let it flow.
It all started with giving up sugar, and brought me a lot more. And I am not done yet. My body is ready to embrace new habits soon.
I feel more productive than ever.
How do you choose to start your way to productivity?