7 Little Habits That Can Change Your Life, and How to Form Them : zen habits
attributed to Aristotle
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Start by becoming more aware of your negative self-talk: do a little tally sheet throughout the day, marking a tally each time you notice a negative thought. Soon you’ll recognize them, and you can squash them.
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This is the most powerful way of achieving your goals.
When you try to take on many goals at once, you’re spreading thin your focus and energy — the two critical components for achieving a goal.
The essential relates to the things that are most important to you from your life.
Find them and then eliminate everything else. This simplifies things and leaves you with the space to focus on the essential.
The best routines come at the start and end of the day because they give a great start and finish to your day.
Develop a routine for when you awake, for when you start working, for when you finish and leave work, and for your evening.
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