Do you want to change your life? You don’t need to make leaps forward every single day. In Atomic Habits, James Clear explains how important small daily habits are for success.
Here are the 9 atomic habits that you can adapt to change your life.
1. Prepare your day the night before
Take the evening to prepare for tomorrow. Pack your bag, make your lunch, and check your calendar for meetings.
It gives so much calm to your evenings, knowing that everything is ready for tomorrow. It will also bring a lot of peace in the morning.
2. Use a timer to increase productivity
Creating a feeling of scarcity helps with productivity and reaching your goals.
Set a timer for each task and complete it within that timeframe. Productivity techniques like the Pomodoro timer are popular, where you work for 25 minutes and have a 5-minute break.
3. Write down your thoughts
When you feel like you have many things on your mind, write it down. It will take your thoughts from your head to the paper. Studies have also found that journaling decreases anxiety, implying that it could have the potential to change your life.
A great moment to write down your thoughts is right before you go to bed. Empty your mind with everything that comes up, and you will have a good night’s sleep.
4. Delay your responses
When you get an email at work, you probably feel the need to respond immediately. Delaying this response can be a good idea.
Simply saying ‘I will check my calendar’ may be the best thing to do. You give yourself time to think about it, check your priorities, your to-do list, and see if you can fit it in. This simple delay will prevent many double booking and stressed moments.
5. Eat mindfully
Too often, we eat our food behind our computer or TV. Try to eat without doing anything, and you will be surprised how your mind is used to grabbing your phone in those 10 minutes.
6. Put your phone away
Train yourself to be on your phone less during the day. Using your phone has a significant impact on your productivity. When you stop working on the task at hand, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on track.
There are many ways to stop your phone addiction. Installing certain apps or having a time limit is a great start.
7. Stay away from social media
Where many people were mindlessly watching TV 10 years ago, they are mindlessly scrolling through social media today.
Be mindful of your social media use. Most people spend hours on their phones every day. Think about what your life would look like if you would minimize that.
A great way to start is limiting your social media use on one particular day. For example, don’t check social media on Sundays.
8. Review the day before you leave work
At the end of your working day, take five minutes to review your day. Write down everything you have done during the day. Focus on the things you’ve accomplished.
Also, write down what you didn’t accomplish and why. Going forward, you can try to eliminate those distractions to get more done during the day.
9. Read more
All the big thinkers of the planet are readers. People like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Charlie Munger all love to read. Reading is a great way to keep learning and developing yourself. By reading just 15 minutes a day, you can significantly increase your knowledge and skills.
If you aren’t a big fan of books, there are many other ways you can read to learn. Follow people on social media that teach you things, listen to podcasts, or listen to an audiobook.
Embrace the 9 atomic habits and see your life change right before your eyes.