Having daily habits is an important anchor in your life. You may feel like your life is too busy to incorporate certain habits into it, but habits serve as the foundation for making you a more balanced and productive person.
- Get a Good Amount of Sleep: I used to sleep only 4 hours a night and thought I was using my time wisely by not sleeping too much. Once I increased by sleep to 8 hours a night I felt energized throughout the day.
- Take Time for Yourself: Spend a bit of time each day to do something alone. This could be taking a walk, watching a show or taking a nap.
- Check the News: The news can be depressing and is written a lot of times to scare you, but knowing what’s going on in the world helps you to formulate opinions and interests.
- Meditate: This is something that only a small percent of people do. Take 30 minutes a day to unwind and clear your head. Do it for a few days and you will notice the difference. It may sound easy, but 30 minutes of a clear mind is tougher than it sounds.
- Research Nutrition: You will be carrying your body around with you for the rest of your life, you should get to know it and educate yourself on it. The more time you spend researching how your body works and what makes react in certain ways the more you’ll enjoy taking care of it.
- Make Time for People: Even if you spend 10 minutes a day to call a relative or friend, having social connections are important for a balanced mind.
- Read a Book or Articles: Find an interest or hobby that you have and find resources to read about it. If you feel like zoning out then pick up a fiction book and get into it.
- Journal: This can also be blogging. Writing down your thoughts or ideas helps to clear your mind and structure your thoughts.
- Smile and Laugh: This can be done by knowing a person who you enjoy being around that you can’t stop smiling or watching/reading some comedy. Having happiness and laughter in your life will enrich it.
- Review your Goals: Your aspirations and goals will change throughout your life, but reviewing your current goals will give your life a sense of direction and purpose. Most people tend to do this at night before going to bed. I prefer doing this in the morning. Doing it at night normally gets me motivated and ready to get up and start taking action when I should really be trying to sleep.
If you feel like having 10 habits is too much for you to incorporate into your life, then pick one at a time and try it out. Then do two and so on. Some might feel like having this sort of discipline takes away freedom from your life and makes you a rigid person, but the opposite is true. To address this I’d like to end with a quote from Stephen Covey.
Most people equate discipline with an absence of freedom, with coercion or duty. In fact, only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions. I don’t have the freedom to play the piano. I never disciplined myself. What about the freedom to forgive, to ask forgiveness, to love unconditionally, to be a light, not a judge—a model, not a critic? Discipline comes from being “discipled” to a person or a cause, often subduing an impulse in obedience to a principle or sacrificing present for future good. Successful people may not like doing things that failures don’t like to do, but their dislike is subordinated by the strength of their purpose.
– Stephen Covey