When most people hear the term “habits” they immediately think in negative connotations. After all, habits tend to be things like overeating and smoking, right? Yes, but not exclusively. You also have positive habits, which are those that help you thrive and succeed in life. The top five most strategic habits as we see them include :
1. Planning & Organizing: One of the best things you can do in life is to get organized. Keeping a daily or at least a weekly planner will help you stay on top of your commitments, keep progress reports of your ongoing projects, and remember important commitments and deadlines. Staying organized helps you become more dependable for others while creating a peace in you about where you are now, and where you are going in the future.
2. Prioritizing: This is also a critical component for daily life. People who are unable to say “no” often find themselves overloaded and stressed out, unable to fully complete one project or complete it to their full ability due to the unmanageable amount on their plate. Once you’ve gotten organized and can see all you have to do, order it by priority and stick to it. Only take on new projects that align with your personal goals and are manageable without creating undue stress.
3. De-stressing: While the first two habits will go a long way to helping you de-stress, there are additional things you can do to build this habit into your daily life. Meditation is a common practice among professionals, but it can also be as simple as ensuring you take at least ten minutes away from your work every day to decompress.
4. Exercising: You didn’t think we’d make an effective habits list and not include exercise, did you? The plain and simple fact is that exercise does so much for our bodies and minds, it’s almost essential. And while you can definitely succeed in business without it, you’ll feel (and look) so much better if you do. And, here is a recent statistic to get you moving: According to a recent study from the University of Copenhagen, slightly overweight, young, healthy men who worked up a sweat exercising 30 minutes daily for 3 months lost a similar amount of weight and body fat as those who did 60 minutes daily.
5. Improving: What on earth could this mean? It’s simple: whatever you need it to mean. Where do you want to be a year from now? What do you think it will take to get there? Once you determine that, then consider a habit that will help you accomplish it and begin consciously working it into your everyday routine.