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13 Daily Habits You Need to Instill Into Your Life Immediately

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No one performs at fever pitch all the time. But that doesn’t mean there are no tricks to boost your productivity. These 13 suggestions, make them daily habits, and never look back. “I regret becoming more efficient, more productive, more effective and more successful” said no one, ever. If you want to become a dynamo rather than a dawdler at work or in your personal life, take notice. It won’t take long to notice the change.

1. Keep a calendar

Whether it’s on the wall, in your pocket or on your smartphone, there’s no substitute for being able to look at your commitments and know what your time constraints are for the day, the week or the month. The part that will take some getting used to will be religiously filling out what your duties are. Make a habit of filling out your calendar as soon as you know a deadline, start date, etc.

2. Prepare in advance

Trust that you know yourself well enough to block out a few minutes each day to plan ahead.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s first thing each morning, or last thing at night. What matters is that you never forget to think about what you will accomplish during the next 24 hours. Written lists work for many people, and at least a portion of your daily planning should include evaluating the previous 24.

3. Get enough rest

Everyone is different. Whether you need 10 hours of sleep or function well on 7, strive to stick to a schedule so that you wake at approximately the same time each day, ready to go! We are all creatures of habit, and operating on too little or too much sleep can throw everything off.

4. Eat right

Your energy level, physical health and moods are largely determined by what you eat. So learn what your body needs and make sure to supply those needs. That doesn’t mean you have to weigh your portions to the ounce or that you can’t be tempted by a latte and a jelly doughnut on occasion. Just resolve to make a habit of consuming fresh, nutritious food – and take the time to enjoy it!

5. Find your niche

That’s an overworked phrase, to be sure. But it’s true. Formulas that work for most people don’t necessarily work for everyone. Find ways to remind yourself of what’s important each day, and learn what time of day is your best time. Develop your schedule and design your day with your strengths in mind. Schedule meetings and solo work when your brain is most engaged for those activities. Evaluate and embrace your individuality.

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

6. Regularly set goals

Write them, don’t just think them. Use a whiteboard in the office or a notebook on your desk. Share them, if appropriate. Give each goal a specific deadline, whether it’s a week or two years. Establish benchmarks if that seems like a logical way to accomplish those goals. Evaluate and analyze along the way, until it’s time to mark each goal “accomplished.”

7. Give up the “Try” mentality

Do or do not; there is no try“, as a small green man has taught many generations. If you commit to doing something, give it your all. People who consistently “try”, find themselves quitting at the first sign of adversity, rather than committing to complete the task.

8. Learn to say no

There are limits to what one person is good at. If you’re not the best one for a task, decline or delegate the duties to someone you trust. Whether it’s chairing a committee, writing a brief, directing a project, or promoting a product. There are also other limits: time, energy, interest, money, appetite, location and expertise. Know your limits, and insist that family, friends and business associates respect your limitations and your choices.

9. Get outside

Sunlight and fresh air do wonders for the mind as well as the body. Physicians and mental health specialists concur. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that typical humans spend as much as 93% of their time indoors AND that spending just five minutes a day outside can improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

10. Get moving

This doesn’t mean relocate – although finding the right kind of space to run your business is helpful in its own right. But it’s important to disrupt your normal routine a bit during the day. If you work at a desk, get up and walk around a bit. Talk to coworkers, get a drink of water, take a slow lap outside, or just close your mind for just a few minutes every couple of hours. If most of your time is spent standing, take a break and sit a spell whenever possible.

11. Disconnect on occasion

Realize that you are not only what you do. Unplug. Take small vacations. You’ll be better and more motivated when you need to be. Almost no one can go full speed all the time, and many who try end up becoming less productive as a result.

“Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.”

12. Develop single-task focus

Acknowledge that multitasking is largely a myth, and resolve to eliminate distractions in your life as much as possible. Move from one task to another in rapid succession if need be, but try to concentrate on one thing at a time. Even if it’s a small task such as writing an email, let your mind stay on topic until you’ve hit send.

13. Set aside time to laugh

Productive, healthy people are often happy people. Know when it is time to lighten up and have some fun. Find things that make you happy and make sure to revisit them regularly. Use that calendar to find days or chunks of time to be entertained – you won’t regret it.

Which one of these habits are you going to start today? Leave your thoughts below!

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Gary Ashton is the CEO/Owner of The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage and the official real estate agent for the Tennessee Titans. Originally from England, Gary moved to Nashville by way of a brief stopover in Florida to pursue a career in music. He soon realized that Nashville was full of people much more talented than him, so he changed his focus back to his original interests of real estate and marketing. In 2004, Gary decided to make the move to a nationally and world recognized real estate company to support his growing interest in the web and chose RE/MAX. In 2016 at the RE/MAX convention in Las Vegas, The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage, was named as the #4 RE/MAX team in the world, as well as the #4 RE/MAX team in the USA and #1 RE/MAX team in Tennessee!

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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