If your 2021 is loaded with resolutions, cultivating powerful habits is a surefire way to get there. Start here:
- Track Your Habits
Even the most ambitious habit goals can die prematurely without a habits tracker. That’s why it’s important to pull out your notebook and put up all the habits you want to build. It helps measure progress, stay true to yourself and make habits stick like glue.
You don’t have to get all fancy if you don’t have the time. Here’s how simple my own habits tracker looks.
Or you can choose a visual habits calendar like this one.
If you want to succeed, you cannot limit yourself to doing only what you like. Mel Robbins helps bypass procrastination with a habit she calls “The 5 Second Rule.” Contrary to how it sounds, the rule is pretty straightforward.
It means that from the moment you have an instinct to act, you only have five seconds before your brain gets distracted and kills your instinct to act. Robbins suggests counting backwards – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – to keep your brain focused and make a physical move such as walking, writing or messaging to seal the deal.
If you’re a master at procrastinating, this rule will help jumpstart your productivity.
3. Get Hungry for Knowledge
We live in an information age where knowledge puts you ahead of the curve. From books, to podcasts, to videos and TedTalks, make use of every opportunity to gain knowledge. Best practice is to put that up on your habits tracker and review the new info you’ve gained every night.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.