The institution of habits is a method of survival, energy conservation and productivity. By putting certain aspects of our lives on auto pilot, our mind is able to allocate it's energy toward the situations at hand. Were it not for habits, we'd be mentally exhausted by noon. Needless to say, habits are great!Read More
Some experts say it takes 21 days to build a habit, some say it takes 60... it really doesn't matter what the exact number is. The point of these numbers is to emphasize that repetition over time shapes behavior. Want to get in the habit of journaling for 10 minutes each morning? Set your alarm ten minutes early, put your pen and paper beside your bed and force yourself to journal for ten minutes each morning until it becomes second nature to grab your pen when you wake up. At first, it won't be easy and it won't come naturally. But eventually, it will. Repetition over time shapes behavior.Read More
1. If you need time for yourself, just tell people "I'm busy" - it's a legitimate excuse.
"In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce yet precious commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it." -Michael Hyatt
2. Stop checking email when you leave work - rarely is anything so urgent that you can't wait to read and respond to it till the next morning.
"“BIF” stands for “before I forget” and refers to emails sent on evenings or weekends out of fear of forgetting a to-do or follow-up. This sets a mutual expectation of 24/7 work hours and causes a plethora of problems." -Tim FerrissRead More
Bad habits die hard and good habits come slowly. This is why it is important for us to begin small. Small tasks are generally easier to manage, don't take up too much time and aren't as intimidating. You're confident that you can complete this task with no sweat. Begin small, win small. This concept of small wins is a clever way to seduce our brains into committing to something that will turn into a much larger undertaking.
I once heard an example given for flossing your teeth. It's a hard habit to adopt - I've tried! But what if I commit to flossing one tooth per day. Just one.Read More
Blogging, like any form of writing, is unique to the individual. The habits that help Steven King crank out dozens of best-selling novels are vastly different from the habits that help Timothy Ferriss build an empire around his three "4-Hour" books. However, in our quest to write well, there are tid-bits that tend to help us not suck quite so badly.Read More