Remember that success in life lies in your daily routine
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.”— Octavia Butler, an American author
Small steps can get us to travel to distant places.
If you take small steps repeatedly in the same direction, you can change your life for the better.
The key to success is building tiny habits that can add more value and positivity to your life. Little things may not seem like much, but they add up over time.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, and speaker
If you keep the willpower, you can see change, ranging from your energy to your relationships, community, and career. You don’t have to make radical changes to live a better life.
If you can make tiny tweaks to your behavior and adopt little habits in your life, you can live a more fulfilled and happy life.
“All people are the same; only their habits differ.” — Confucius, a Chinese philosopher
Let’s discuss 10 tiny habits that can significantly impact your personal and professional life.
1. Say Hello to Your Neighbors
When you see your neighbors on the street, do you say hello? It takes only a moment to say hello to one of your neighbors. You create a friendlier community when you nod, smile, and say hello to your neighbors.
When you need something, you know that there is someone who can help them. Lean over your fence or walk over to say hello to your neighbor. You’ll be glad you did.
You’ll get plugged into the community when you help the people around you. You don’t need the Nextdoor app to say hello to your neighbors.
2. Stay in Touch with Those You Care About
Contact your friends and family. Send them a text, compose an email, or pick up the phone and call them. You should contact a friend and family member every day. Staying in touch is easy with Facebook or other communication channels.
Stay connected with the family and friends you value. It only takes a couple of minutes to invest in relationships. You’ll have a more robust network of people surrounding you when you stay top of mind with your loved ones and friends.
3. Turn Off Notifications When You Work
There are specific times of the day when you get into a flow or engage in deep work when you are incredibly productive. To ensure you maximize those times, turn off notifications on your technology devices such as your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Our brains are not good at switching from one task to another task. We don’t have infinite time at our disposal, so you should silence technology for a block of time. Ideally, those two to four hours maximize your work output.
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Sit in silence for at least five minutes daily. Meditation is about blocking out the world’s noise and quieting your thoughts. It’s about training your mind to redirect your thoughts and focus.
When you meditate, you become more purposeful with every action. You can better respond to life’s challenging situations. You don’t have to close your eyes and sit “criss-cross applesauce.” You just need to sit down and breathe in and out for some time.
5. Ask More Intelligent Questions
Instead of injecting your opinion on a topic, ask smart, open-ended questions that help you become a better conversationalist. Ensure you ask questions that don’t get a “yes” or “no” answer.
Asking questions enables you to build deeper and more interesting relationships. Asking questions helps you keep your problems in perspective, learn new ways to approach challenges and opportunities, and make new friends.
You can relate better with others, develop more empathy, and cultivate your wisdom through better conversations. An open perspective can enable you to see the world differently.
6. Stand Up Every Hour
Sitting for extended periods is bad for your body and brain. Stand up every hour and stretch. Set the alarm or trigger your iWatch to alert you to stand up.
Standing up is something we all can do. Invest in a standing desk for your home office. It will encourage you to stand more while working. It will make you more productive at work and help you engage in more physical activity.
7. Drink More Water Throughout the Day
Most of us don’t drink enough water. We get busy during the day and don’t think to drink water. Make sure you have a water bottle next to you every day and drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning.
Researchers suggest you should drink four to six glasses every day. With the average cup being 8 ounces, you should consider drinking 32 to 48 ounces of water daily. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), about 70% of the human body is comprised of water.
8. Eat Fruits or Vegetables with Every Meal
Make a rule that you must eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable at every meal. You could make a salad, eat grapes, cook broccoli, or cut up cucumber slices. This will help you get the nutrients you need.
Getting more fiber into your diet will help you lose weight, decrease hunger, and maintain your energy levels throughout the day. There are many benefits of a healthy diet.
9. Give Yourself at Least a Five-Minute Break Every Day
Do you feel like taking breaks will make you less productive? It’s the opposite. Make sure you take multiple breaks throughout the day.
Taking breaks is good for your body and mind. You likely will feel stressed after a long day’s work, so you must give yourself a “time out” to keep things in perspective. Take a walk around the block, go to the bathroom, or sit down in a quiet area where you can collect your thoughts.
10. Make Your To-Do List for the Next Business Day
To be highly productive the next morning, take the time at the end of your day to review what happened at work, check your schedule for tomorrow, and make a to-do list for what you didn’t get done today.
When you make a to-do list before leaving your work desk, you can ensure you stay on track the next day. You can also focus on what successes you had and write them down. This review is an excellent way to become more aware of what you did today and what you must do tomorrow.
Bringing It All Together
There are 10 tiny habits that can have a significant impact on your life. Say hello to your neighbors, stay in touch with those you care about, meditate, and ask more intelligent questions. Stand up every hour, drink more water throughout the day, eat fruits or vegetables with every meal, give yourself at least a five-minute break every day, and make your to-do list for the next business day.
Success in life lies in what you do every day. You may surprise yourself with the power of a tiny habit and how it can create a significant change in your behavior.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. “— Will Durant, an American writer, historian, and philosopher
CONTRIBUTED BY Matthew Royse
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