Thank you so much for joining me on this blog series about creating healthy habits. Hopefully, you’re ready to embrace habits that make your life better and help you to reach your goals. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference. Now that you’re able to see that, you’re ready to start adding new and easy habits to your routine; matter of fact, have you downloaded my latest ebook, The Power of Every Day Routine?
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Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and browse through all the different topics we covered over the past 29 days. Here’s a quick rundown:
It may seem counter-intuitive but taking a rest can actually help you get more done. That’s because building in time to rest your body and your mind allows you to feel rejuvenated and more energized, leading to high productivity. Working yourself to the bone eventually leads to high stress levels and burnout. Making rest and relaxation a habit can actually improve your life in countless ways. So, don’t forget to rest and recharge. Follow these tips:
Why It’s Important
Making leisure a habit enhances your physical and mental performance in the long run. It keeps you from overdoing it in any one area and becoming burnt out. You’re no good to anyone if you’re in a frazzled state and feeling overwhelmed. Taking a break now and then isn’t sufficient, though. In order to get the best results, it’s important that you work fun and relaxation into your regular schedule and make it a routine. This...
I've learned that being productive and efficient can help you be more successful in your work and personal lives. It’s hard to get things done, though, when there are so many distractions in our busy lives...ask me how I know! Plus, we place a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect, which can end up backfiring and causing us to actually accomplish less. There are ways you can conquer your own internal demons and the outside distractions that threaten to hold you back, and that’s to create new habits that help you focus and make the most of your time. Below, you’ll find a few examples of some of the best.
Your to-do list is one such list that can help up your productivity. Make one every morning to lay out your most important tasks for the day and as I mentioned yesterday, start by doing the top three items that will move you closer to your goals, and then check them off as...
When you’re working toward self-improvement of any kind, it’s always a good idea to keep track of milestones. Doing so lets you know if you’re making progress or whether you need to make some adjustments to your activity. In A Pilgrimage to Self Lifestyle Coaching Membership, we talk about making SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely). This is a great habit to get into no matter what type of positive behavior you’d like to keep tabs on. It could be a large goal or simply a minor area of self-improvement. There are lots of ways to track your progress. Here are just a few:
Write your goals out on a calendar and mark time frames in which you check your progress. You can also jot down in advance the progress you hope to make so that you can compare when the date rolls around. In the membership, we use a planner to help keep track. This method works well...
When is the last time you learned something new simply because you wanted to? We often find ourselves too busy to take time to do things that are good for us or that we enjoy. This is a habit you should definitely break, and one way to get out of that rut is to search for opportunities to learn something new every day. Whether big or small, formal or informal, educating yourself in various ways comes with a ton of benefits. Getting into the habit of exposing yourself to new information can improve your mind, your relationships, and your personal growth; it's a way to "air" out your Mental Room according to the Indian Proverb, A House With Four Rooms. Read on to discover the many benefits of lifelong learning.
You’ll meet all kinds of people when you embark on new educational adventures. In both online and in-person learning environments, you have the chance to encounter people you otherwise would never meet. This...
Goals and habits are closely related and dependent on each other. When you set goals, you’re creating milestones to reach for. You set a tangible timeline for making your dreams come true. However, in order to attain those goals, you must reach certain objectives and take steps each day in order to obtain them. These steps you take are habits or things you get used to doing repeatedly in order to attain a desired outcome. Setting goals and reviewing them on a regular basis is also a habit. Keep reading to learn just why goal setting is such an important habit to develop and in what ways it can impact your life.
Goals give you direction for your life. When you decide you’d like to achieve something, whether it’s big or small, you have a destination. You know in which direction you wish to move. A life without goals is often lived on autopilot. You’ll find yourself doing what you have to do...
I've always created lists and have experienced the satisfaction of crossing off items on my daily "to-do" list. Matter of fact, getting into the habit of writing out your agenda for the day, week, or month can make a huge difference in your productivity, along with offering several other benefits. Not only can you get more done by jotting down your intended tasks, you’ll probably feel more motivated and in control through this simple act. This small practice has the potential to provide you with big rewards. Check out these ways creating a daily to-do list is a “must-have habit.”
Free Your Mind
Writing down all the things you have to do can actually increase your brain’s efficiency. It works because getting information down on paper clears space and allows your brain to process more important information more productively. When you’ve got too many things running through your mind,...
Meditation has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. This practice in mindfulness has been around for centuries because of the spiritual, personal, and emotional benefits it offers. If you’ve been curious about meditation, now may be a good time to consider giving it a try. It’s a simple activity that can provide you with tremendous results. A daily meditation habit can help you both to feel better and stay productive. Keep reading to learn how it works.
Meditation and Productivity
Meditation really doesn’t have to be complicated at all. It’s quite simple and involves reaching a state in which you clear your mind and think about nothing. You remain in the present moment. It can be challenging to put all the worries, stressors, and to-do lists out of our thoughts for a while. It’s important to understand, though, that a meditation session doesn’t have to...
One area where many of us overspend is entertainment. After working hard at our jobs and taking care of other responsibilities, we want to do fun things in our spare time. It’s even better when we can spend this time with the important people in our lives.
Entertainment costs can really add up, but they don’t have to. Now’s a good time to change your mindset and realize there are a lot of things you can do for free. Here’s a list of fun things to do that don’t cost a thing to get you started:
Once you create a budget and get used to sticking to it, you may feel like you’ve got everything under control and can just cruise on autopilot from here on out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way. Becoming complacent in your budgeting and with your spending ensures you will miss opportunities to save and to manage things better. Your expenditures are constantly evolving and changing. That’s why it’s crucial that you review your spending habits regularly. Look below to learn more about this practice.
A review is really a very simple process. It simply requires that you look over your budget every few months to see if there’s anything you could tighten up or tweak. As our lives change, we may find we add items to our expenditures. It’s easy to move forward and take those things for granted. A review lets you analyze your budget to ensure that your money is still going to things...
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