Building good habits in your life is one of the most important things you can do for your own happiness, health, development and progress towards your goals.
(Even when you’re busy & don’t have much time)
It always amazes me how many people adopt bad habits in their life.
- Binging on take-away or sugary food late at night.
- Getting poor amounts of sleep each night due to staying up and watching tv.
- Checking their phone first thing every morning.
The list goes on…
If you regularly do any of the above, don’t feel bad.
I’ve been there and done them all too!!
Lucky for me though, I’ve always been obsessed with personal development and bettering myself every day.
This naturally causes me to be self-disciplined when it comes to building good habits.
But during that process, I’ve had to uproot and replace bad habits with more positive alternatives.
Eg. Emotional eating…
A few years ago, I did a course on productivity and it revealed to me so many things that I had been doing wrong, despite thinking they were good at the time.
One of the downsides of being a high-achiever is that you try to get too much done in your days, leading to stress, overwhelm and disappointment.
But this isn’t the best way to do things…
The best way to do things is to build good habits that help you focus on your priorities and take action on them.
That way you can feel like an absolute boss by the end of your day.
Here’s 7 good habits to start now to live a happy and healthy life!
1) Focus on the Positive
One of the greatest habits that can transform your life is to focus on the positive rather than the negative.
So many people spend their time complaining, dwelling on past experiences or putting others down because it makes them feel better.
But what a waste of your time.
It will add so much more value to your life to focus on the things that make you happy, all the great things in your life and all the amazing things to come.
Science reveals that people with a positive mindset naturally experience greater happiness than those with negative mindset.
This is a good habit to get into as it can shape the way you live your life, as well as the lives of those around you.
2) Approach Health Holistically (Mind, Body & Soul)
So many people get health wrong….
I think it’s because many only focus on one or two areas of health, rather than attacking health holistically.
In my eyes, there are three pillars of health – emotional (soul), mental and physical.
Although physical health (eating a diet and exercising regularly) is the most publicised, mental health and emotional well-being are just as important for long-term happiness and health.
You can improve your health holistically by ensuring that, in addition to eating well and exercising regularly, you’re also:
- Making time for self-care
- Doing activities / hobbies that you love, that fill up your cup and also your soul
- Building strong relationships and surrounding yourself with people who support your aspirations and encourage you to be the best version of yourself
- Working in a meaningful job that gives you purpose
- Making progress on your goals
- Expressing your emotions in a positive way
- Engaging in healthy stress relieving activities
If you’d like to read more about holistic health, you can check out this article:
3) Make Time for Self-care & Relaxation
Many of us are so consumed by our work or daily demands that we forget the importance of scheduling down time into our weeks.
We end up becoming so busy that we skip much-needed down time and overlook the need of our bodies to rest.
This in turn, leads to burnout, stress and life dissatisfaction because we have an imbalance of negative hormones circling around our bodies (eg. Cortisol and adrenaline, etc).
Make it easier on yourself and your body by scheduling non-negotiable down time and self-care into your week. This is a good habit to get into.
It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Just find an activity that you enjoy and that relaxes you and add it to your weekly calendar.
If you’re short of ideas or nothing comes to mind, you can check out some this article which highlight 9 Relaxation Techniques for busy women.
4) Surround Yourself With People that Make Your Life Better, Not Worse.
This was a life lesson that I’ve learnt relatively recently.
Who does your inner circle consist of?
- Are they people who light your up, make you feel good and encourage you to be the best version of you?
- Or do they put you down, judge everything you do, judge others, hold you back, have little drive or are absolute bludgers?
Either way, choose the former.
As I’ve learned first-hand, length of time is NOT the best signifier for a good friend or a good relationship.
Just because you’ve been friends with someone for a long time doesn’t mean that they add value to your life or have the right to be a part of it.
I learned that sometimes it’s time to move on.
Some friendships only last for a chapter of your life and that’s ok.
Make new friends.
Don’t hold onto relationships too long because you’re afraid of what life will be like without them or because you feel you “won’t have any friends” outside of that group.
Doing so will only lead you to getting hurt over and over, or preventing yourself from growing into the person you need to be to achieve your goals.
Join social groups where you can meet likeminded people, reconnect with old friends, or strive to attract more people into your life based on how you treat others and yourself.
If your current circle don’t see your value, they don’t deserve to occupy space in your life.
Instead find people who do, and nurture those relationships every day.
5) Have a Clear Vision & Make it a Priority
Do you have a clear vision of where you want your life to be in 7 years?
If not, you’ve got some work to do my friend.
Having direction and purpose in your life is so important.
It gives your life meaning, and helps you to track your progress year on year, so you’re not the same person 365 days from now. The best way to do this is to have a clear list of priorities.
And NO, I do not mean filling a whole page of “to-do’s” that you want to achieve in a given day.
That is a direct road to stress, overwhelm and disappointment.
Even though some “gurus” continue to promote this way of time management, it’s not the best way to go about your day. Truth be told, it sort of pisses me off.
Don’t tell me to do more in my day when I’m already struggling with too much as it is…
Tip #1 – Move away from traditional to-do lists…
Traditional page long to-do lists are NOT the best strategy if you want to be insanely productive in your day.
At the end of the day, it’s not about getting it all done. It’s about getting the most important things done.
Set up your to do list in the order of your greatest priorities and strive to achieve your 3 greatest priorities by the end of your day.
Don’t even look at your other outstanding tasks until those 3 priorities are complete.
Your greatest priorities are tasks that will help to get you one step closer towards achieving your goals. They are often the hardest, most demanding jobs that you often procrastinate with doing the most.
You may distract yourself with trivial tasks such as doing your washing, cleaning the house, catching up with your best friend Kim, etc.
Anything but that most meaningful priority.
Sometimes we rationalise to ourselves that “When I get this done, THEN I will be able to focus and do XYZ”.
Tip #2 – Do the hardest, most impactful tasks first!
Leave the trivial low impact tasks to the end.
Before completing the course I did, I used to have the mindset that getting more small things done (ie. Quantity), was better than ticking only a few BIG things off my to do list (ie. Quality).
I’ve had to work on shifting this mentality a lot!
If you want to have greater impact in your day and life, order your priorities and start with the most impactful first.
Trust me, doing this will make you less overwhelmed, less busy, less stressed, more energetic, more focused and much more accomplished by the end of your day.
6) Meditating Daily is a Good Habit
Meditating daily is such a good habit to incorporate into your daily routine.
Meditation is known for its vast range of benefits, which is why it is becoming such a popular practice in modern day western society.
Meditation is a good habit because it requires that you take a moment to yourself to live in the present. No worrying about your future to do lists, and no dwelling in experiences from the past.
This mini course provides insight into:
- what meditation is
- how it benefits your health and
- why it is a good habit to include in your day to relieve stress and anxiety naturally.
Click here to learn about our FREE Meditation Course for Beginners.
7) Build a Powerful Morning Routine to Get Sh** Done
I cannot stress enough how important a powerful morning routine is in your life.
Your morning routine should consist of a series of activities that, when done first thing in the morning, can absolutely transform your life.
A morning routine is a good habit to get into as it can:
- Improve productivity during your day
- Start your day on a positive
- Reduce stress and anxiety before you start work
- Give you time to determine your priorities for the day
- Boost happiness and well-being
- Help you to fill your cup up and do the things you love before committing to your day in the office
- Help you make progress towards your largest goals
If you don’t have a powerful morning routine in place, outside of cleaning your teeth, having a shower or checking your phone, it’s time to make some changes.
Using me as an example, I have built my morning routine into a powerful sequence of good habits including:
- Waking up on time
- Cuddling with my partner
- Reviewing my vision and top priorities for the day
- Reading affirmations that remind me of who I am and who I want to be
- Reading / Journaling / reflecting
- Personal Development
And yep, I achieve all of this before my work day has even begun.
If you’re interested in learning how I do this and would love to build your own morning routine, I can help you.
Your morning routine should help you to:
- Feel great in the morning
- Increase productivity in your day and
- Maximise achievement of your goals.
I teach all of this and more in our Journey to Happiness Course.
In the Journey to Happiness Course you will learn to become a happier, healthier and more productive you in 21 days!
Click here to learn more and start the Journey to Happiness Course.
I hope that you now have greater insight into 7 good habits you can start to incorporate into your week for greater health and happiness.
If you have any questions or comments regarding bad and good habits, feel free to post them below in the comments section.
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