How to create positive habits that actually stick, to improve your life.
We could all read more to improve our lives.
It seems like, no matter how many books we want to read, we always feel like we don’t read enough.
Sure, we may get lost in fiction books, and that’s great (I’ve actually been reading a lot more fiction lately), but as far as reading books on the areas of our life that we want to improve, we’re often lacking.
Here’s the thing, reading more may not be the answer. There’s a better way, that actually works…
Welcome to 2016!
I purposely waited until today to publish this to show how unimportant any specific date is. I’m not completely against setting a resolution at the beginning of the year, as long as you don’t get expect the changing of years to be some sort of miraculous time of new beginnings.
January 1st really is just another day.
I get it, new year, new you. And that’s great, but too often we set lofty resolutions, and then get completely discouraged when we don’t perfectly act out our new goals. Then, a month after the resolution is set, it’s abandoned. But it shouldn’t be like that.
We all fail. All the time. And that’s great.
According to Professor Robert Mooradian of Northeastern University,
millions of Americans are dealing with the emotionally and physically taxing consequences of debt every year. We all want to make our financial goals, like getting out of debt, a reality, but few ever make it without changing their everyday habits.
Before we get into the list of habits that will change your financial goals and eventually your life, we need to get two basic concepts down:
We all know that positive language provides better results than negative language, but we may be using negative language without realizing it.
As Zig Ziglar says “negative people call it an alarm clock, positive people call in an opportunity clock”. Corny? Sure, but it’s also true that your words can define your habits.
Let’s take a look into some language that you may not realize is holding you back, and how to change it…
I love learning.
Just last week I published “Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online”.
I’m a college student. I read daily. I’m taking a course at Codecademy. I’m constantly involved in military education.
Obviously, I’m a big fan of continued education.
The problem is when we let the process trump the outcome.
When you’re reading productivity articles, you don’t want vague ideas, you want actionable steps that you can take to literally increase your productivity today. You want practical, applicable tips.
I’ve tried my best to make this blog full of actionable tips you can apply to every day of your life.
This article may be the most actionable of them all.
Here are 10 of the most important actions you can take right now, today, to increase your productivity by leaps and bounds…
(You can click each point for more on that topic)
A habit isn’t bad or good on its own.
Positive habits are an absolute must for success in your health, finances…basically everything.
But negative habits, or bad habits, can combat your positive habits.
In fact, eliminating negative habits can be much more effective than starting new positive habits and often, it’s easier to break a bad habit than it is to stick with a new good habit.
The truth is, you need good habits in your life, but let’s break the bad ones first…
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the most important element of your productivity.
I talked about how energy is the foundation of your productivity. Without energy, you’re not going to do much at all.
Exercise is a big part of that. But a bigger piece of the energy puzzle is your diet.
How are your eating habits? Do they promote energy or diminish it?
If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start eating better, I’ve got good news! It doesn’t have to be difficult and torturous. It’s actually quite simple. If you take it slowly.
Here are 5 ways to gradually adopt healthy eating habits over time…