🌼5 Easy Habits That Help Me Achieve My Goals(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
I’m going to share with you what I’ve tried and tested to achieve my goals.
And no, I’m not a fan of Atomic Habits so I may be 1% of the reading population saying that.
I don’t dislike the book, it just wasn’t groundbreaking for me and stated what I was anyway doing out of common sense. I do love how easy the information was to digest, though.
Here’s what I do everyday. And no, I don’t wake up at 5am.
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My YouTuber yoga teacher, Adriene Mishler, says that
“When you show up, you’re half way done.”
I like to believe that you’re a little more than halfway done because showing up is the hardest. I was to write this article today morning, but my mom and I decided to do some online shopping instead because of some really good sales going on.
And it was so difficult to make it to my desk in the afternoon.
But I’m here. And showing up feels like — I’ve come this far, I might as well do it.
Focus Tasks First
The only reason I can sustain a 4-hour workday is I protect my focus. I’ve been living without notifications for two years now because I don’t want my brain to release dopamine at every single text I get.
I do high-focus tasks like editing and writing in the morning. It looks like:
8 am: editing
9 am: breakfast
9:45 am: writing
And after that, I exercise and go ahead with my morning routine.
Another way this helps is that you’re already done with the ‘bigger work’ at the beginning of the day and can utilise the rest of the day for other tasks.
Also, it’s easier to focus early on, as your brain has a limited capacity to focus in a day.
Fill Your Cup
Can we normalise consciously practicing extremely powerful emotions like love?
I say affirmations every morning because only when I can be loving, kind, and empathetic towards myself can I extend that emotion towards others.
An empty cup cannot fill someone else’s cup.
This has helped me achieve my work goals as my products and even my course is born out of conversations — where people opened up and trusted me to help them with their problems.
I do the first three, and you can do whatever works for you. It’s important to be in touch with yourself to understand how far you are from your goals, how your strategies are working, and what you can change.
Instead of just going on blandly and not knowing why things aren’t working out, this is where that changes.
This is why I recommend goals to be fluid in nature and change as you grow.
Battle the Devil
Getting back to why are my notifications off for the past two years…
It started by deleting Instagram, which is a stupid competition where everyone is subconsciously showing how their life is better than others, to:
monitoring screen time
phone always in focus mode
calls allowed from those in contacts only
only text message notifications are allowed on the lock screen
My phone doesn’t light up at all unless it rings.
There’s no sound or badges on my screen, nor do I have WhatsApp previews showing up when I browse my phone.
This sounds extreme to others, but I’ve prioritised my focus and my energy, and that’s more important to me right now. Of course, when I have way too much time, I don’t shy away from seeing kitten or baby elephant videos on Reddit.
But delaying gratification is extremely important at a time when everything we want is a swipe away. Sadly, our goals aren’t instant, and we need to be patient and put in the work.
Here’s Why It’s Not All That Difficult
I was 18 when I battled against obesity.
To drop weight, I had to train at the gym every morning before classes and eat healthily. That meant saying no to most social gatherings and sleeping on time.
I’m 26 now.
I still wake up and work out, and my day is incomplete if I don’t. Exercising feels as necessary as my meals. Here’s how this helped me:
Waking up early: Persistence
Training every day: Consistency
Eating healthy: Delayed gratification
I never went on a diet; I just moderate my junk intake and hardly drink coke or eat sugary stuff. I only let my guard down when I’m travelling.
Sometimes, what can be your strength at work and other goals doesn’t come from work at all. It can come from your hobbies or anything you do outside.
Have you tried to find that strength?
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I know, the advice that works is rather boring.
But I’m as lazy as one gets, and this has helped me immensely. Isn’t it easier to go all in for 4 hours a day instead of working for 8–10 hours each day? Zoom out and look at the bigger picture.
I hope you can include these habits in your routine, and they will help you get closer to wherever you want to reach.
There are no limits to what you can achieve; always remember that.
CONTRIBUTED BY Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi
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