Arianna Huffington turns off all electronic devices before bed, Oprah expresses gratitude when she wakes up and Marie Kondo puts the house in order each night. Big success is often backed up by small daily habits that inspire you to achieve throughout each day.
Each morning, nurture yourself first.
1. Wake up and nurture yourself
The habit of waking up and checking the phone is something many of us have caught like a nasty cold. The problem is, this immediate stimulation doesn’t necessarily put you in a good mindset for the day. Whatever it is that nurtures you, get up early enough to do that instead. This could be a moment of peace in the garden, a brisk walk in the fresh air for coffee, yoga stretches in the lounge room or cooking a delicious breakfast. The aim is, quite simply, to make yourself feel good, first.
2. Pay attention to productive times
Do you struggle to get out of bed early, crash in a heap each afternoon or feel wide awake after midnight? While it’s hard to follow your own rhythm when you need to fit in with others, paying attention to your energy levels helps. For a week, jot down when you feel most active, or tired, to see if there’s a pattern. When you find it, aim to schedule your most challenging tasks during peak times. Rather than push through moments of tiredness, always stop for a moment, breath and regroup.
Kick small goals each day to encourage big results.
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3. Accomplish something small
A satisfying feeling comes with small accomplishments, like making the bed or going for a quick jog. The thing is, they’re not so small because all completed tasks create a follow-on effect, setting your mind in the right place to take on bigger challenges. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with things to do, start small and allow yourself to reap the rewards of a sense of accomplishment.
4. Intentionally seek motivation
Lightening bolt moments of inspiration are all well and good, however, it’s pretty hard to rely on them. Create a library of motivational tools, such as podcasts, articles, books or apps. Or, schedule time to speak to mentors, professionals in your field or an uplifting friend. Invest time in feeding yourself inspiration at least once a day, rather than waiting for it to come to you.
5. Ditch guilt and look to improvement instead
Wallowing in guilt doesn’t, and never will, produce results.
How many minutes do you waste thinking about how you should have eaten healthier, exercised longer, woken up earlier or finished more tasks? Some days, these thoughts can send you into a non-productive spiral of self-doubt that’s hard to get out of. Wallowing in guilt doesn’t, and never will, produce results. Instead, give yourself a playful mental slap and say, “I’ll do better tomorrow.”
6. Plan each day the night before
There’s nothing worse than trying to get to sleep in the midst of chaotic thoughts about the next day. Eliminate these by jotting down your goals, tasks and expectations for the next day, before you go to bed.
Not only will this give you a head start in the morning, but it’ll also ensure it’s all out of your mind so you can perform the number one daily habit of seriously successful women - getting enough sleep.
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