Habits happen through a loop, beginning with outside triggers, then the reaction, and the outcome. That is quite powerful if you think about it because you truly hold the ability to control your outcome by choosing how to respond to situations.
So how do you create new habits to positively impact your life? Well, it’s by adding building blocks of mini productive activities and stacking them together to build a routine.
We call this the Five Star Routine. Some days may not be five stars, maybe it’s only a two-star day. However, the goal here is that we continue to get up the next day and commit to the effort of executing the five tasks in each morning and evening routine.
Star 1: Get up at a set time
This seems so simple because it really is. The hardest part of this is likely actually getting up and not hitting the alarm seven times. This consistent...
We are all losing count of the days of the week and the days that have passed in quarantine. So here are the five lessons we have learned so far.
Number 1: The realization of everything that was taken for granted.
And we don’t mean big things like tropical destinations. It’s those little things that would never come to mind when you're listing what you are thankful for. Like waiting in line at a busy market for fresh fruit without having to worry about gloves, masks, and 6-foot distancing. It’s hugging your grandparents. It’s tickling your nieces and nephews. It’s rushing into your favourite coffee shop on break at work to grab a cup of coffee. Or it's squeezing in an early morning gym session surrounded by people practicing the same healthy mindset.
It’s realizing that everything that was once routine is now a blessing. That all those things that were considered...
Like you have a million things on the go at all times. Like you have a mental note of everything that’s going on but not one plan for how it’s going to happen.
If you have a photographic memory, you are the chosen one. The rest of us are likely not going to remember a million things to take mental notes of.
So here are three ways to declutter your headspace so you can start to take some action.
1 - GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
Grab a paper and pen then set your timer for 50 minutes. No more and no less. Then write everything you are thinking. The thoughts, the tasks you have to do, your to-do list, grocery list, all of it. You might find you are done writing with 20 minutes to spare. Now start listing that negative self talk that you are telling yourself. Seriously, here is where you want to really get everything out of your head. If you find you still have time then start to picture each room in your house,...
The reality is there is a TON happening in our lives right now, there is also a TON not happening at the same time. And we are all doing the best we can.
So we have more time, more distractions, more reasons. But how do you use this as an opportunity to change?
TAKE CARE OF YOU, FIRST
We mean that in the kindest way possible. You are not able to show up with your best foot forward unless you are in the headspace to do so. When you're on a flight just before take-off, those 5 minutes where the flight attendant stands at the front of the plane and you typically keep reading or scrolling on your phone. We want to remind you of what they talk about. They show you how to place your oxygen mask on yourself, first. Before you help someone else, including your partner and your kids.
The reality is we can’t show up for anyone else, or even ourselves unless we are in a mindset where this is...
Working from home seems like a dream. The reality is though, if you aren't used to it this can be quite the adjustment.
We have been operating from home offices for some time. So we thought it would be helpful to share five steps that you can take to make this transition as smooth as possible.
STEP 1: MAKE YOUR BED
Simple. Yes. Necessary, also yes. Did you know that you are up to 206.8 percent more likely to be a millionaire if you make your bed? This simple habit will set the tone and productivity for your day. Plus keeping your new work/home space clean is truly vital for success.
STEP 2: GET DRESSED
It's not like you need to get dressed for in-office work. Just change out of your sleeping attire. This makes a massive difference in terms of mindset. It will quickly get you focused on your day and ready for your to-do items.
STEP 3: MANAGE YOUR...
These are ALWAYS easier said than done but why not start with 1? Then add 1 more. And before you know it you won't even recognize the person you are anyone.
So let's dive in here...
STEP 1: MAKE YOUR TO-DO LIST THE NIGHT BEFORE
There is nothing worse than scrambling in the morning. If you only choose one single thing to implement, make it this habit because this will be a game-changer for you. Just start by writing out the top 3 tasks that you need to get done tomorrow to ensure a successful day.
STEP 2: WAKE UP EARLIER
Chances are you have already tried this before. Yet the thing is, your morning can turn out to be a real self-care ritual. Once you get into the groove of it, this gives you an hour to do something just for you. Plus you're operating with prime energy and clear focus. (TIP: get up on the first alarm without hitting...