If there is any habits that you were to pick up, I would strongly recommend the following 5 Habits.
They are the keystone habits that can help you to achieve anything in your life.
Once you truly master these 5 habits will you start to see changes in your own life.
As success habits breed success, that much is clear. But, embodying these habits can also aid in boosting our overall progress in life much quicker.
Now, if you were to stop and think about it, you could probably come up with dozens of great habits that you could incorporate into your life right now. And, of course, there are a multitude of habits that we know we must get rid of that are most likely holding us back from succeeding.
When we clump them all together, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, throw our hands up in the air, and give up in silent resignation. But, when the focus turns to habits, and the development of those habits over time, one by one, a remarkable transformation occurs.
The goal here is not to allow the enormity of a task to overwhelm you. Simply take it day by day.
There are plenty of great habits that you could start immediately weaving into the pattern of your life, but my focus here is on 5 very central ones that are most important. Focus on these, and watch your life transform before your very eyes.
#1 – Active Goal Setting
The first keystone habit involves goal setting. But this isn’t just your passive goal setting that you might do obscurely in your mind. This is active goal setting, and it must be done on a daily basis.
Yes, on a daily basis.
But, before you can engage in active goal setting on a daily basis, you must have a long-term plan for your life. If you’ve never done any goal setting, now is the time to set aside a good block of time to accomplish this feat.
Why? Well, when you set goals, and you do it on paper with a pen, or on a digital screen on some device in your possession, a visceral shift occurs in your mind. That’s because, when we write something out, it becomes more real. It’s less of an idea and more of an achievable reality.
Set long-term goals first. You need a 5-year plan and a 3-year plan. Feeling more enthusiastic? You could also work on a 10-year plan as well. Why all of these plans? Well, you have to have a target that you’re aiming for in the long term.
You see, goal achievement doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. But, you must know the direction that you’re traveling in. Without that, you’re like a ship lost at sea with no ability to navigate.
So, setup your long-term plans so you know what direction you’re traveling in. Then, you can engage in active goal setting on a daily basis. This keystone habit will transform your life.
In the morning, when you awake, you must ask yourself one very important question: “What have I achieved today?”
When you ask yourself that question first thing in the morning, you’re projecting yourself into the future, and it’s far easier to see just what’s important to get done that day. Once you ask yourself that question, and you can answer it, plan out your day with a set of achievable goals.
How do you expect to achieve that today? What steps need to be taken?
#2 – Time Management
Beyond active goal setting comes the keystone habit of time management. Time is our most precious resource. And those who can wield it efficiently enough can see themselves making the most progress in life.
Since all of us have an equivalent amount of time in this world – no one person has more time than the other – using that time wisely is quite possibly one of the most important principles to getting ahead in this world.
Yet, developing the habit of time management can be hard. Because, it’s clear that most of us are easily distracted. Things seem to just get in our way and we lose our focus. But, for those few that can effectively manage their time, the world becomes their oyster.
So, how does this actually work? Time Management in the past. But, in essence, the concept is simple and dates back to something called the Eisenhower Decision Matrix, which was later popularized by Stephen D. Covey in his celebrated 1994 book entitled, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The concept states that all daily tasks take on two areas on a matrix. The first is importance, the other is urgency. All decisions, then, can be boiled down to one of either two of those elements: urgency and importance.
The Eisenhower Decision Matrix breaks this out into 4 separate quadrants:
Quadrant 1 – Urgent and Important
Quadrant 2 – Not Urgent but Important
Quadrant 3 – Urgent but Not Important
Quadrant 4 – Not Urgent and Not Important
The goal in time management is to try to stay within Quadrant 2 as much as possible. It’s the important but not urgent tasks and decisions that help to progress our long-term goals in life. These are the tasks that don’t have to be done right away, but if they are, help greatly move us closer to our biggest hopes and dreams.
To effectively manage your time, and build up this habit, you should first start by auditing your time. Every day, write out everything that you do. Next to that task, indicate whether it’s a Quadrant 1, 2, 3, or 4 activity. Then, see which quadrants you’re most typically engaged in.
After a while, you can begin organizing your day by front-loading it with Quadrant 2 activities, focusing on the long-term goal-related activities at the very beginning of the day.
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