3 GOOD HABITS TO START PRACTICING NOW
Understanding how to create new habits is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general.
Check out my top 3 habits below and the benefits you can gain by incorporating each of them into your daily routine.
HABIT #1: NEVER STOP LEARNING AND GROWING
“Your background and circumstances may have influenced who you are, but you are responsible for who you become” – Darren Hardy
If you are like me, you are probably thinking “I don’t have time to add anything else to my plate”. I told myself that for 6 years after I graduated college. It wasn’t until I felt stuck in my career and in my life when I decided to make a change and look into how to incorporate personal development into my daily routine.
It’s very easy to find the time to listen to podcasts and audio books if you have a hard time reading on a daily basis. Make your car a place of growth and learning. It will actually help you avoid stress when sitting in traffic and help get your mind right for the day.
You can also listen to personal development when exercising, cooking or doing chores. The minutes you can find in a day are endless.
To get started, think about something you are struggling with or want to get better at. Maybe you want to be a better manager, spouse or friend. Or maybe there’s a skill you’ve been wanting to master like online marketing, eating healthier or putting your dreams into action.
Search for a podcast or an audio book around your topic. Audible on Amazon an inexpensive way to listen to audio books and there are many different apps you can download to listen to podcasts.
Once you have found a topic that will help you, aim to have it finished by a certain date so you can then start implementing what you’ve learned. Implementing is KEY.
I personally was stopping myself from reaching my full potential as a leader and as a coach without adding personal development to my daily agenda. Remember that change and growth take place outside of your comfort zone!
HABIT #2: TAKE BREAKS DURING THE DAY
It’s easy to sit at your desk for hours on end without getting up to take a break. It can feel like wasted time if you take a 5-15 minute break every 60 minutes but what you might not know is how much more productive you’ll actually be when you allow yourself a few short breaks throughout the day.
Breaks can boost creativity, refresh your attention span and help you lower your stress.
Set a timer on your phone or a reminder in your calendar for every 50-60 minutes. When the reminders go off, stop what you are doing no matter what! Don’t worry, your work isn’t going anywhere.
Here are a few ideas on things you can do during your 5-15 minute breaks: get water, go to the restroom, take a walk outside, stretch, meditate, read or catch up with a colleague. Try to unplug from your phone and computer! Don’t take them with you during these short breaks unless you are using your phone to listen to music or personal development.
After a few days of practicing this new habit, you will notice a difference in your mode and productivity. The work days will seem to fly by and work might even be more enjoyable!
HABIT #3: SNACK DURING THE DAY
Snacking between each meal is important for your metabolism and will increase your energy.
Many people avoid snacking because they are afraid of gaining weight or they are so busy that they simply forget. But a healthy snack offers many benefits one of them being weight loss.
The goal should be to eat a small snack between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner. Even if you aren’t hungry, you should still snack! Never wait until you are hungry to eat because then you’ve put your body in starvation mode. When that happens the muscle in your body is used for fuel (protein), then the muscle turns into fat!
To avoid this, simply bring 2 healthy snacks to work. Maybe even set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget to eat. When practicing habit #2, snacking will be easier to do and harder to forget.
Here are my top 3 favorite snacks:
Protein shake like Shakeology.
Veggies and hummus
Fruit and a handful of raw almonds
By eating a total of 5 meals a day, you will notice a difference in your waistline and have more control over your portions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I hope you found these 3 habits useful! Now it’s time to implement these simple steps. Take action and make small changes in your day that will lead to a happier and healthier you!
If you'd like to more coaching on implementing more good habits into your life, I'd like to invite you to do a free health assessment with me! Simple CLICK HERE to fill out the assessment survey, then schedule your free 20 minute phone consultation with me. It's that simple! Let's work together to get your more consistent in creating and maintaining these new habits as part of your daily life.