When you want to implement goals, have a healthy lifestyle or enhance productivity, good habits are imperative. Without them, it’s harder to take risks, change and expand towards growth. Often, we focus on kicking bad habits much more than introducing positive ones. The thing is, when you do, the bad habits tend to fall away on their own.
Here are four positive habits that lead towards transformation, in every area of life.
1. Use visualisation
Visualisation is much more than daydreaming. It’s a way of preplanning your life to happen as you want it to. Set aside a time, whether it’s before you go to bed or first thing in the morning, to visualise how you want your day, year or even next 20 years to manifest. This helps keep your mind from drifting towards worry or stress, giving you clarity and a sense of control. Time spent visualising is actually an investment towards a positive future.
Become an early riser, for moments to yourself.
2. Be an early riser
Getting up early each day gives you the upper hand in every way. Most importantly, it gives you space to do something you love, before the chaos begins. Mornings are quiet, calm and peaceful, so you’re able to ease into your day, rather than leap out of bed just to fight the clock. Early rising can be a tricky habit to stick to, especially if you love your sleep ins. However, once you do it for a week or more, you’ll soon wake up eager to get up and have a few precious moments to yourself.
When you’re working on the computer, how many tabs do you have open at any one time? Generally, it’s messy, distracting and, after a while, downright annoying. For the most part, this is why multitasking simply isn’t productive. The more you do it, the more scattered your thought process becomes, which, in turn, leads to poor output. Becoming a single-tasker is the way to go, as focusing on one task at a time literally trains your brain to maintain attention and focus.
4. Embrace minimalism
Minimalism is fast becoming a popular approach to life, with good reason.
Minimalism is fast becoming a popular approach to life, with good reason. Clearing out the clutter, whether it’s in your home, office, on the computer or in your wardrobe, results in more clarity of mind. It doesn’t necessarily mean giving up your creature comforts either. Simply, an understanding that the more ‘stuff’ you’re surrounded by, the more likely you are to feel weighed down, without really knowing why.
Remember, what you repeatedly do becomes you, so embrace the power of routine when you’re implementing new habits and you’ll be well on your way to transformation.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.
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