🌼5 *Super* Easy Habits That Help Me Achieve My Goals(MUST READ)
Sustainable habits > One-time habits.
I don’t believe in pursuing habits that aren’t sustainable.
That’s why I lost 50 lbs without dieting because going on a diet to lose weight isn’t sustainable. You need a lifestyle change and not a 3-month plan.
It’s also why I won’t wake up at 5 am because I enjoy my lifestyle where I sleep around 11:30 pm and wake up at 7:30 am. And no, I don’t think I’m unproductive just because I wake up 2.5 hours later than the 5 am club.
I’m lazy, for sure. But not unproductive.
Here are five habits that have helped me achieve my goals by making me productive without going extreme to a length that is unsustainable.
1. Complex Stuff on a Fresh Brain
I’m typing this article at 4:30 pm but I outlined it at 9 am when I had a fresh mind.
I also edit my articles when my brain is fresh in the morning.
It helps me do important stuff that requires more creativity before clutter finds its way to my brain during the day.
Also, I feel accomplished a few hours into the day starting, which keeps me happy and motivated instead of being stressed out about how much work is left for the day ahead.
2. Weekly and Monthly Reflection
I started this practice in 2020 because I bought a yearly planner and this practice was a part of it. Since then, I’ve been buying planners from the same brand and look forward to it.
It was much later that I got to know this stuff is called ‘reflection’.
Each week, I answer:
how was your week?
what went well and what didn’t?
what challenges did you face?
goals for the coming week
After each month, I write about:
My accomplishments of this month
Challenges and how I faced it
What made my soul happy?
Dreams for the month ahead
These 5-minute dates with myself have helped me become more self-aware and set tangible goals instead of getting overwhelmed with my goals.
Even though my biggest strength in my writing is consistency, it doesn’t come from writing at all.
On the rare days when I miss my workout because life happens, I don’t eat as well and feel sluggish.
My morning workout has helped me be disciplined and stay committed to my goals. As a fat teen in university, it took a lot of effort to eat well, show up at the gym before class and shed obesity.
Since then, I feel that the right routine can make anything possible.
This also makes me think that even though my biggest strength in my writing is consistency, it doesn’t come from writing at all.
It comes from showing up at the gym even when it’s pouring hard and on the days I don’t want to go. It comes from eating well even when I was broke most of my undergrad and junk food was cheaper. And it comes from delaying gratification early on by not partying as much as others.
4. Waking Up at 7:30 Am
I’d love to wake up early, but as I mentioned in the beginning, my lifestyle doesn’t allow me to.
I don’t want to give up on family time and a bit of social life for the heck of fitting into the world’s definition of being productive.
Hence, waking up at 7:30 feels early enough to have a morning where I feel productive.
It’s early enough to get a lot done by 11 am and feel a tad bit accomplished for the day.
And it’s late enough that I can get my 8 hours of sleep every night.
5. Gratitude Journalling
If I don’t have love and loving relationships, then what do I do with all the money? It can’t buy either.
No amount of money is enough.
You will never be pretty enough.
You won’t be successful enough.
All this will happen when you decide what enough means to you. I am driven by my goals, but I truly am mindful that what I have today is a dream for many.
I have a healthy body and a loving family. We live in a house where we are safe and eat warm meals together. The universe has given me enough because if I don’t have love and loving relationships, then what do I do with all the money? It can’t buy either.
Being driven and being ambitious is great, and I am both. But I’m content with my life and am grateful for it every day.
Probably a huge part of it is because I’ve been writing ten things that I’m grateful for over 5 years now.
I hope making these small tweaks will help you get closer to your goals.
Here’s what we discussed:
Complex tasks on a fresh brain
Weekly and monthly reflection
Waking up at 7:30 am
You may try them one by one if that’s easier. And before you jump into any productivity strategy, my final advice would be to try a bit of everything and pursue what works for you.
One piece of advice doesn’t fit all.
My final advice would be to try a bit of everything and pursue what works for you.
Contributed by Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi
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