Gaining these habits won’t take too much time, but your life is going to become more bright and full.
People often think their habits to be regular things like brushing teeth or doing exercises in the morning. But if to dig deeper, one can find out that habits control such important things as productive working and healthy sleep, too.
1. Positive Attitude to Life
Your attitude to life is a habit you can control. You can become more optimistic intentionally. This means, you can help yourself pass through negative events, build new harmonious relationships and be in a good mood all the time.
To learn how to be more positive about yourself, you are going to spend one to three months. This process can be compared to a laser eye correction: after the surgery, a person forgets about having a bad view in two months, and starts to perceive the ability of his or her eyes to see normally as something usual, not supernatural.
Starting a Habit
- Look for positive effects in any bad situation. For instance, if your girlfriend broke up with you, think about your increased chances to start a relationship with someone better;
- Be positive, but have limits. A positive aspect of a situation doesn’t have to cover a negative one. You just need to find it;
- Once you find positive effects in your problems, know their advantages and get energy to move forward from these thoughts.
At first this process may seem to be difficult, but you are going to start using this habit automatically in 2-4 weeks. And two to three months later you’ll teach your mind to react positively on every external event.
2. Normal Sleep
People think that normal sleep is a forbidden luxury and a superpower at the same time. It seems to them that they can sleep as much as they want and get up without an alarm clock only when they have a vacation. But imagine how cool it is to feel unstoppable, productive and cheerful during the whole day, while people around can’t stand awake for a hour without a cup of coffee.
This habit can give you a lot of energy, an increased level of attention, mental activity and the ability to deal with stress without problems.
Starting a Habit
- Create an environment that fits sleeping. It is about dark and quiet one. If you can you’re your bedroom completely dark, you’re lucky. Use thick dark curtains, cover gadget LEDs with something and do not use any night lights.
- If you can’t create that environment, buy a sleep mask. Fall asleep with it on your eyes every night, even if you take it off later.
- Switch off your gadgets one or two hours before going to bed. Lights coming from a display make your brain think it is still a daytime outside. Read paper books before sleep.
- Regulate your sleep time. If you need to wake up at a certain time, turn the alarm on but go to bed nine hours before the signal. If you sleep for nine hours and wake up with an alarm, this might mean that you suffer from the lack of sleep for a long time already. If you’ll sleep during 10 hours per day for two weeks, then your biological rhythms are going to normalize, and it will be enough for you to sleep for eight hours daily.
Getting used to early sleep will take you several weeks, but you will feel yourself much better and won’t want to get back to your old habits pretty soon.
3. Comfort Zone Expansion
While staying in a comfort zone you get used to it so much that you lose any possibility to try yourself in new situations. That is why it is needed for you to push yourself towards actions standing outside of your usual frames.
By teaching yourself to go out of your comfort zone, you’ll gain self-confidence, widen the reach of your interests and discover abilities you never could expect to have.
Starting a Habit
- Complete a phrase: “I’d like to do ___, but I’m afraid / too nervous”. Be maximally honest with yourself. Many people can convince themselves they are not afraid, just too busy or not really interested. That’s a ridiculous excuse.
- When you understand what you want, say: “Fine, now I do this”. And then do the first step.
- Every time you feel yourself being afraid of doing something, do that. With time, such behavior will become your habit, too. It will be interesting for you to overcome yourself.
- Remember, it is a process that is important, not the result. Let’s suppose that you see an attractive person and want to start a talk with him or her. You get scared, there appears a natural will to run away. But you gained a new habit, so you need to approach that person. If you say “Hi!” and a person demands you to leave him or her alone, then you can treat yourself as a winner, too. The main thing is the fact you could get out of your zone of comfort.
4. Everyday Imperfect Cleaning
If the process of cleaning makes you panic, feel desperate or sad, you need to change your attitude towards it. Maintaining the ideal cleanness is not worth efforts you put to support it. But if you lower standards of “clean enough”, then cleaning will not be that difficult. 9 points of 10 are good here to reach the wanted result.
Starting a Habit
- Clean your house twice a day for 9 of 10 points. Connect this habit to any usual activity. For instance, go in for cleaning after breakfast or supper. Make sure you won’t be tired or suppressed at that moment.
- Determine your required work. For instance, put things you are not going to need during the nearest 12 hours to their places, wash the dishes, dust the table and other surfaces. You need to know exactly when the cleaning is done. Otherwise you can go in for perfectionism and turn cleaning into a difficult task that must be done every day.
- As soon as you get used to regular cleaning, add any action. For instance, use vacuum cleaner for carpets. If you complete some additional tasks every day, your house will look perfect all the time, because you can clean it gradually during the week.
5. Getting Rid of Procrastination
Many students start their studying day from checking their social media profiles, watching interesting videos and talking to their groupmates. Then it comes to afternoon, and they understand that nothing is done yet.
If you stop getting distracted by secondary tasks, you’ll increase your working time period and will do more things in time. As a result, you’ll have enough time for hobbies and close people.
Starting a Habit
- Think about the task with the highest priority. Maybe, that task is not the biggest, but it is the most important one.
- When the priority task is chosen, track when you started completing it. Your mind will get used to start doing tasks earlier than before.
- Try starting the job a bit earlier (for 5-10 minutes per day). You don’t have to take any other measures, your daily schedule will het shifted on its own because you start completing urgent tasks first.
- Maybe, you’ll complete the first task as fast as you can, and then start wasting time in vain. To avoid that, you need to start another small but important task at once. Repeat until important tasks are available.
As you can see, it is quite easy to start some useful habits. Getting used to them will take you less time than you think, but the effect will show up almost immediately.