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Want to Be Super Successful? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things

Why You Need a Routine

  • It gives you structure, builds forward-moving habits, and creates momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself.
  • Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. 
  • It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation.

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Having No Routine

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

Start the day with a mantra

... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.

Don't check emails first

Checking your email first thing in the morning means spending the best part of the day on other people's priorities.

Start your days focused on you and you will be in a much better state of mind to help others and get more accomplished all day.

Visualize your success

Simply close your eyes and imagine yourself excelling and being the best you. 

Put yourself in situations where you shine, visualizing the best possible outcome. Include as much detail in your visualizations as possible, using all of your senses.

Read a book

... even if just one page at a time. It can boost your intelligence, increase your brainpower and even strengthen your ability to empathize with other people.

Make your reading habit more manageable by breaking big goals (like reading a whole book) into something more manageable (a few chapters/pages per day).

Make yourself accountable

Find a partner or mentor you trust who can be your accountability partner, someone to hold you to your word.

Making a commitment to your accountability partner about your goal will make the milestone realistically attainable.

Prime yourself for creativity

Spending time writing every day helps you become a better communicator, improves your ability to recall important information, and enhances your creativity. 

Write in a diary format and you also have the added benefit of greater self-understanding.

Make a daily to-do list

One great way to be fully prepared for the day ahead is to make a to-do list.

Keep your daily to-do list small, so that it's manageable and not overwhelming. To make sure you keep it this way, use a Post-It Note. Its dimensions will force you to only write down the most important things that you have to do each day.

Take regular breaks

Taking regular breaks keeps you from getting bored and losing focus, increasing your brain's function at the same time. 

It also forces you to reevaluate what you're working on, ensuring that you're going in the right direction.

Break your day into chunks

Too much time spent doing one thing can cause you to lose focus, and interest. 

And if you're working on something you don't really want to do, it makes it easier because you only have to do it for a short while.

Theme your workdays

Set aside different tasks for different days of the week.

This can give you the time you need to make headway in those particular areas...without putting your brain on overload.

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Learn something new

... even if it's stressful. Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

The key is to choose the right new skill to master, a challenge to undertake, or ...

Friends near you

Geographically close friends (and neighbors) have the greatest effect on happiness.

Individual happiness cascades through groups of people, like contagion. So make friends with people who live near you.

Embrace opposing feelings

Happiness can come from noticing and embracing a wide spectrum of emotions--both good and bad. 

So don't ignore negative feelings. Embrace them--and then actively work toward overcoming whatever issues you face.

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Hedonic adaptation

It explains our tendency as human beings to chase happiness, only to return back to our original emotional baseline after getting what we want. 

We run on a hedonic treadmill...

Tal Ben-Shahar
Tal Ben-Shahar

"Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak."

Cultivate More Happiness
  • Find your right fit or match, both personally and professionally.
  • Appreciating life’s small moments.
  • Smile more, even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Perform random acts of kindness.
  • Spend money on experiences versus things.
  • Avoid comparisons.
  • Build and maintain close relationships.
  • Make little changes in your daily routine: getting more sleep, exercising, getting out into nature, and meditating.
attributed to Aristotle
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
attributed to Aristotle
Confucius
Confucius
“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”
How to Develop Habits
  • Focus on just one habit, for 30 days.
  • Put it on paper, together with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Commit fully, preferably in a public way.
  • Track your progress.
  • Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
  • Have support for when you falter.
  • Reward small wins.
  • If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again.

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