A lot of times, people tend to get lost in life and start living it in a state where you feel like nothing is changing, and you are just basically repeating the same things everyday without actually progressing towards your life goals. After all, life is nowadays centred around working a 9 AM to 5 PM job, which already takes up so much of your time. So, it’s normal to feel like you are stuck, and that’s okay. The important part is taking action whenever you feel like things are not going the right way, or not going at all. Therefore, in this article, I will be addressing 7 subtle habits that you might consider implementing to change your life.
Writing 3 things you’re grateful for
Has it ever happened that you thought of something important but didn’t write it down and just completely forgot about it? That’s a very common occurrence since you cannot completely rely that your memory will store everything consistently. This is even more true when we factor in time, which plays a key role in forgetting (Cherry, 2020). This also applies to situations where you feel grateful for something, and just forget about it as time passes.
Writing down things you are grateful for will help you practice gratitude and allow you to think back on what has happened in your life, creating a shift in perspective. Additionally, as shown by a study, gratitude will make you sleep better, lower your stress levels, and improve your interpersonal relationships (Singh, 2018). I mean, who doesn’t like to be appreciated by others? Therefore, the habit of writing 3 things you’re grateful for will create a positive change in your life.
Clean 10 minutes a day every day
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when cleaning your apartment because of how much time it’s going to take? Well, to avoid feeling overwhelmed, breaking down the cleaning into smaller portions will make it feel manageable. 10 minutes is a reasonably short time so that you feel confident that you’ll be able to do it, and long enough for you to actually get things done (Lavendaire, 2019). Additionally, it might get you into what people call “the zone”, and you’ll actually want to keep cleaning past the assigned 10 minutes of cleaning. Doing this each day will surely result in you having an organised and clean space, as well as avoiding growth of unwanted things such as mould, which will have adverse effects on your health.
Take care of your skin
Are you someone whose confidence takes a heavy blow whenever you’re not happy with how your skin looks? Believe it or not, the way your skin looks can be directly related to how you are feeling, and vice versa. According to dermatologist and clinical psychologist Richard G. Fried (SkinInc, 2009), inflamed skin, thinning hair and brittle nails can be physical manifestations of your mental state. These unwanted physical changes then lead to a negative impact on how you feel. Once again, this will translate into further worsening of your skin, hair, and nails, creating a vicious cycle. This is one of the main reasons why taking care of your skin is so important since it will allow you to have a strong emotional state, e.g. high levels of confidence, a strong and positive outlook to life, etc.
Implement the 80/20 principle
The 80/20 principle was first observed in the 1800s by an economist named Wilfredo Pareto, where he noted that 80% of the land in his home country was owned by 20% of the population (TopThink, 2019). This principle holds true nearly 200 years later and can even be applied to different topics such as business or athletics. Are you wondering if this principle can be applied to your life and how? Well, it has been found that 80% of your success will come from just 20% of your work. This means that 80% of what you do will be unimportant or irrelevant to your success.
The main point of applying the 80/20 principle into your life is that you identify that 20% of things you do that actually result in success. A simple way of identifying the 20% is by making a to-do list with your most important tasks at the top, and the least important at the bottom. Finally, cross out 80% of your tasks from the bottom so that you are only left with the top 20% (TopThink, 2019). By doing this, you will improve your productivity and efficiency by focusing all your efforts on the tasks that will actually yield success.
Implement effective daily routines
Are you someone who wakes up in the morning feeling tired and demotivated? This can be a very telling sign that your daily routines are not working properly and effectively. Daily routines can be broken down into your morning routine, and your evening routine. An effective morning routine should stimulate your body and brain while giving you a boost of energy and inspiration (TopThink, 2019). Of course, everyone has a different morning routine that works for them. You will need to find what works specifically for you. Some activities that you could consider are reading the newspapers, going out for a jog, listening to a podcast, etc.
Now, let’s talk about an effective evening routine. The main purpose of an evening routine is to allow your body and brain nourishment after a long day of work, while gradually preparing for bed (TopThink, 2019). During this time, you should do things that you love doing such as hobbies or watching a movie, while relieving stress from your brain and body.
To conclude this article, if you are looking to change your life by implementing these habits, it’s important to remember that habits are difficult to build and will surely take you a significant amount of time. Just focus on implementing them one by one without rushing anything, and you will surely feel like your daily life is slow turning in the right direction.
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