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The habits that we have shape everything we do. And, when we want to make significant life changes, sometimes they can hold us back. Creating a range of better life habits will enable you to make the big life changes that you want to make. It doesn’t matter when you want to make significant changes. While most people try to make January the month of big dreamsand life changes, you can make them any time.
Actually, the less pressure you put on them, the more likely it is that you can make changes without stress.
It is funny what we choose to be committed to and what we don’t. For example, many people are committed to their favorite pair of shoes, but couldn’t always commit to walking an extra mile a day. The enthusiasm we have to make the changes needs to be met by the commitment.
It is often the case that we know what we need to do, but we don’t have the commitment to see it through.
You have to create an environment where your commitment can shine through, and the significant changes don’t feel like a chore. Meaningful changes come with a positive attitude and the commitment to match.
It would be best if you tried to impart meaning to every step of your goal. For example, if you are ready to make a country change, as so many people do want to. You have to make everything count. You should start saving and make sure that the goal to save is the house purchase or the moving fees. Here is an example of what purpose might look like here:
Each step of the process, even the research, and planning has a purpose.
You can apply the same techniques to work. Tackle one task at a time and focus on it. If you work from home, use the same theory when you go to your workspace, or when you sit at your computer, you do so – only to work.
Although the word is beginning to lose its meaning due to overuse, mindfulness matters. Being aware in every situation, and really living in the moment is so much harder than it sounds. Sometimes achieving calm and peace will come from quieting your mind from what has happened, or what might happen, and living in the ‘right now.’ If you struggle with being mindful, then you might benefit from using an app to help you get there. There a few mobile apps that come highly recommended for meditation, sleep, and mindfulness.
The great thing about mindfulness is that you don’t need to jump in with long 30 minute sessions you can work on it in smaller sessions. Guided meditation is the easiest option when you are first starting out.
It is said that mindfulness, when applied daily, will change the way someone thinks. They are less likely to be reactive to situations and more likely to tackle things with a calm head.
When you have been working on a project for a while, it can be easy to get tunnel vision on it. It really pays for you to walk away from it for a while, and then when you come back, you can look at it with a fresh perspective. The same can be said for anything in life. If there is room for you to take a break and walk away.
When you have writer’s block or a lack of inspiration, it can feel like the best option to keep going up against it. But that makes the process more stressful and much less enjoyable.
Taking yourself out of a situation because it protects you, or leaving a piece of work halfway through because you have run into a block is good for you.
It is recommended that you take breaks from social media often too. The disconnection can feel incredibly calm. And many people choose to remain relatively detached after the initially planned break.
A change of environment, changing your working schedule, and even getting up earlier can help too. These are all breaks from the usual.
It is often the case that when people feel they are in a great place, they stop trying to learn more. They know how to do well in their careers because they learned those skills. But what happens then? Stagnation. Boredom creeps in, whether you realize it or not.
Even the hardest workers have some time that they can spend on learning. And the great thing is that we have so many options about how and where we learn.
You can take a book to a coffee shop, you can listen to audiobooks on your daily commute. Or you might opt to head out and take classes.
If you need a few suggestions about where to start – check out Wait But Why and Brain Pickings. If you have an interest in something – anything, then you should explore it further.
Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
The frog in your day is the item on your list that you don’t want to do. It feels like a chore, and you put it off and put it off. And in the end – it will be the last thing you do that day. So you will always end every day doing something that you don’t like. So make a point of eating your frogs early in the morning and have the rest of the day to chase it with the sweet stuff.