100 useful mini-habits you need to get this year

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Habits to help you become more organized.

  1. Start from a place where you feel natural. Some people find it easier to start projects with some simple task. The same principle can be used when you are going to restore order in a place that is not used for its intended purpose. Do not start with a garage or attic, first sort the things that you see and use every day.

  1. Keep everything important in your productivity triangle. Everything that requires your attention should be in the email, calendar, or task list. There you must include absolutely all the things you have to do. In the mailbox, keep those letters that need a response. Use the calendar for scheduled events. The list of tasks is for specific cases. If the letter contains information about the meeting, transfer it to the calendar and delete the email.
  2. Use the rule of three goals to start your day. Instead of making a long list of tasks, start your day by planning three important goals that you want to achieve today. Ask yourself: “What three things do I want to do before the end of the day?” Write them down. Most likely, you will not immediately succeed in completing all three planned tasks, but over time you will find the right balance of time, attention, and energy that you need for this.
  3. Plan a “preventative day.” To achieve maximum productivity, collect all the tasks with little impact and complete them in one day. By stopping putting them off and stretching them for weeks, you will save energy to work on more important things.
  4. Recognize whether the disorder is a result of inner experiences. Sometimes the mess is a way to hide your inner fears. Maybe your desktop littered with papers is an excuse for not working on a new project? Clutter can give you a sense of security, so ask yourself if your emotions are connected to things, especially when you feel stuck.

Habits that help you prove yourself at work

  1. Get enough sleep at last. All productive people understand how important it is to get enough sleep. And it would be nice to learn how to get up without an alarm clock.
  2. Become a person who generates ideas. Moments of insight are not magic, they appear in people who try to follow the habit of constantly changing something in their lives. To get started, pay closer attention to a field that is not related to the one in which you work.
  3. Cross out all completed tasks in the task list every day. Not many things bring as much pleasure as deleting items from the list of tasks at the end of the day. But most of us can hardly boast of deleting each item from the list. This useful habit will help you learn to fulfill everything planned. It is important to understand what types of work you do best at different times of the day and organize a list of tasks in accordance with this.
  4. Be the person everyone admires. A person with a good reputation, whom everyone unanimously supports, is much easier to advance in the service. But the status does not appear overnight or by accident. The first step is to keep our promises.
  5. Reach your goals. People with healthy ambitions in achieving their goals do not harm others. Therefore, in order to realize your ambitions and achieve your goals, avoid comparing yourself with others. Measure your success by comparing it with what you yourself could achieve.
  6. Say no to meetings lasting an hour or more. Nobody loves them. And more often than not, such meetings and gatherings are useless. Try to finish what you have planned for an hour in 30 minutes. A limit of 30 minutes will make you be brief and focus on the most important.
  7. Walk like Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs held some of the most important meetings during the walk. It is useful to develop the same habit for several reasons. Firstly, at a meeting in the conference room, a person may be uncomfortable. Secondly, such an unusual format of the meeting helps people to look at familiar things from a new angle. And finally, physical activity will help you think more clearly. So open the door, inhale fresh air and go for a walk.
  8. Listen before speaking. Seek understanding first. How can you comment on the case if you did not find the time to delve into it? We have two ears and one mouth and for good reason.
  9. Celebrate progress. The road to the goal can be long. Therefore, be sure to take the time along the way to enjoy your achievements. Eat something delicious. Give five to your teammates. Hit the gong. Scream from the roof. Success is worth celebrating.
  10. Identify your strengths and work on them. Perhaps in some areas, you are talented by nature or have practiced enough in something. Focus all your energy on the development of this strength instead of remaining average in everything. It is better to be a specialist in one thing than a mediocre jack of all trades.
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  1. Do not burn bridges. Yes, some of us have to deal with idiots at work. So what? Just ignore it. No need to be angry, say something bad about them. Laugh at the situation and move on. There are many more important things to focus on.
  2. Reduce the time it takes the road. Many people spend more than three hours a day getting to work and back. As a result, they come to the office exhausted, tired, and badly rumpled. It is absolutely not worth it. Look for work near the house, preferably within walking distance. Just imagine, you can spend these three hours on something that gives you pleasure, and not on sticking out in traffic jams.
  3. Make decisions based on facts. If in doubt, take another look at the data. What do they tell you?
  4. Trust your intuition. Making decisions based on facts when there is little or no data is not a good idea. In this case, follow your intuition.
  5. Use the “20/80” rule. 20% of your customers usually bring 80% of the profit, and vice versa. Focus your energy on work that matters.
  6. Run a test of ten years. Sometimes, faced with some kind of problem, you are sure that this is a disaster. Do not lose your temper. Instead, use a test of ten years. Ask yourself, will this problem matter in 10 days? In 10 months? And in 10 years? Probably not. And if not, don’t worry. It’s not worth it.
  7. Do what you love. Life is short. Do you really want to spend 30% of the time allotted to you at the work you hate? Hardly. Therefore, devote yourself to your favorite cause.
  8. Think about the consequences. Do not make decisions just because someone told you to do just that. Think about the consequences. And if you think that the case will not bring the necessary returns, say so. Do meaningful work.
  9. Become a leader. With or without an official position. You do not have to have a high position to make changes to the company. You can put forward initiatives, implement great ideas, help colleagues and share experiences with them.
  10. Stay humble. You can be very good at your job, but it is likely that you are not the only one in the world. And even if you are the best, there are still a million other things in which you are not so good. So stay humble. Hesitate. Be greedy for knowledge. And keep learning from others.
  11. Accept mistakes and learn from them. Failures happen in life. They can be large, such as dismissal. Or not, for example, when they forgot to call for groceries after work. Everything is relative. It is important to understand: regardless of whether the big failure happened or the small one, the process of working on them is the same. Recognize that this has happened. Deal with what happened. Draw conclusions. Work on yourself. Move on. Joanne Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series of books, has gone from being a single mother living on unemployment benefits to being the author of the best-selling books of all time. Failures happen. But what matters is how you deal with them.
  12. Accept those who support you. On your way, you will meet people who will sincerely believe in you and in what you do. Take them. Even if only mom supports you.
  13. Accept those who criticize you. On the same path, you will meet people who will doubt every step you take. Take them too. Only in this case use their doubts as a source of motivation. Prove to them that they are wrong.
  14. Recognize the importance of transparency in relationships. People are more sensitive when they understand the causes of what is happening. When they are left in the dark, it’s hard for them to trust you.

Habits that will help in everyday life

  1. Freeze fruits and vegetables. Do you want to eat healthily, but fruits and vegetables spoil quickly? So, the obvious tip: try to freeze them before they mold. Such preparations are perfect for soups, stews, and compotes.
  2. Give up the cable and connect Netflix. This is not only great entertainment but also significant savings.
  3. Have a general cleaning once a month. Restoring order in the house will help get rid of the mess in the head. Here is a simple question that will help you decide whether to leave a thing or throw it away: “Did I use it last year?” If not, ruthlessly part.
  4. Hold events. When everything is said and done, only relationships matter. Organize meetings for your friends and family, so you will have the opportunity to have a great time together. Not enough budget? Make sure everyone brings something with them, or add up. Want to build a working relationship? Fine. Believe me, your colleagues are not averse to having fun outside the office either. They may not always remember what you do at work, but joint parties will not be forgotten for sure.
  5. Buy a comfortable mattress. About 30% of your life you sleep. So why do you save on a mattress? Help yourself get enough sleep.
  6. Iron t-shirts without an iron. No iron? Then this lifehack is for you: hang t-shirts in the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower, and then blow dry them.
  7. Come to the airport at least two hours in advance. Especially on international flights.
  8. Purchase an optional battery. Let’s face it: we use our phones almost all the time. With their help, we plan a route, look for places to eat, socialize and have fun. When the battery dies, we are left without hands. Life without a smartphone is really getting harder, so buy a battery in reserve.
  9. Do not eat convenience foods. The more whole foods you have in your diet, such as fruits and vegetables, the better you feel.
  10. Refuse caffeine. You do not need it. You can stay focused and alert in a natural way. There are several ways: exercises, meditation, drinking enough fluids, working on something that really interests you.
  11. Make color codes for the keys. If you constantly mess with keys, try setting color codes for them. For example, the garage key is yellow, green is the entrance, red is the front door. You can buy special covers or use nail polish or paint. Color coding actually works.
  12. Put a small bin in the car. Do you constantly find any garbage in the car? Admit it, sometimes you throw unnecessary things in the back seat. Do not do this. Carry a small trash bin with you and the problem is resolved.
  13. Fill shoes with a newspaper for the night. It will help to remove moisture and get rid of bad smells.

Practical advice for everyday

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  1. Learn something new every day. It may be a word from another language, an interesting scientific fact, a life hack is that interests you.
  2. Remember the names of people. If you turn to others by name, they, in turn, will respond with great enthusiasm and dedication, scientists assure. Speaking someone’s name, you show that you care. What do you distinguish this person and recognize him?
  3. Focus on the present. Stop regretting the past. If you re-read one chapter over and over, you will never finish the book. Stop worrying about the future. Think of the present. Focus on the “now.”
  4. ​​Listen to your body. When you feel that you have no power left, do not torment yourself. Take a break or sleep longer. Are you stressed at work? Take a day off. Do you feel heaviness in your body after eating 10 donuts? Maybe you shouldn’t do that? Listen to the signals of your body and correctly respond to them.
  5. Read before going to bed. Read something interesting before bed, it doesn’t matter if it is an article on the Internet or a book. If you are reading from a computer or tablet, install an application like F.lux, which will adapt the backlight depending on the time of day. So bright displays will cease to irritate the eyes at night. Or just buy a real paper book. When you learn something new before going to bed, you remember this information better.
  6. Say no. You cannot do everything for others. Learn to say no. Focus on a few things and achieve results in them.
  7. Explore the world. Travel This is a great way to open up new perspectives in life. Howard Schultz traveled across Europe and literally fell in love with local coffee shops. Do you know what happened next? He opened Starbucks.
  8. Build your own value system. For starters, you can imitate the people you admire, and one day you will be able to make your own judgments. Decide what is of value to you personally, write it down on a piece of paper, and attach it to the mirror. This is the foundation of who you are.
  9. Love the change. Sooner or later you will have to get used to this thought: the only thing that is constant in this world is change. Instead of being afraid, love them.
  10. Do not always try to fill the pause with words. Sometimes it’s good to just sit in silence.
  11. When in doubt, answer “I need to think.” Let’s face it: we do not always have the right answers to all questions. Therefore, instead of a frivolous and/or incorrect quick answer, tell your interlocutor that you need time to think it over carefully.
  12. Proceed to the most important task in the morning. At this moment you have the most strength and energy. In the morning we usually do most of the work in a day.
  13. Say to yourself “let’s see”. Even when it seems like something terrible is about to happen, there is always at least a small chance that in the future it will lead to something good. Therefore, do not make hasty conclusions about the future, just say to yourself “let’s see.”
  14. Understand that most people do not care about you. Sorry, people’s life does not only revolve around your universe. So stop worrying about what people think of you. They won’t think. Focus on yourself and try to get better.
  15. Several people truly worry and care about you. Be closer to such people. It is they who make your life amazing. They will be with you in grief and joy.
  16. Every day, tell yourself something pleasant. Positive attitudes will cheer you up even in the most difficult times. Treat yourself in a good way.
  17. Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination. Many people think that they will suddenly become happy when they can get something. But happiness doesn’t work like that. It is in your head, it is a state of mind. Therefore, it is impossible to find it anywhere else. Happiness is here, right in front of you, wherever you look.
  18. Promise only what you can fulfill. Trust is always a long way. How many people promise the golden mountains at first, and then do nothing. Do not become one of those.
  19. Get married or marry a best friend. Everyone needs someone who will go through with you through both bad and good times. The one with whom you can chat all night long and not feel awkward in silence. He who loves you for who you are.
  20. Think about how you can help other people. At the end of your life, only the people you loved, the people who loved you, and how much you did and helped others, will matter.
  21. Time is your most valuable asset. Life is unpredictable. You can save and save every ruble, and then all the savings can depreciate in one moment. Yes, money has value. But time is much more valuable. Time with those you love. Time with friends. Time with a spouse. Time with the kids. In the year 525 600 minutes. Do you manage this time wisely?
  22. Smile at people. You yourself will become happier. A smile is contagious. This reduces stress and anxiety. Helps imbue you with confidence. And that’s great.
  23. Do not compare yourself with others. Focus on personal development.
  24. Love yourself. Before you start a relationship with someone else, learn to love yourself. Accept yourself with all the advantages and disadvantages. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the better you can show love for someone else.

Tips for those who want to be fit

  1. Include protein in every meal.
  2. Include vegetables in every meal.
  3. Eat carbohydrates in moderation (more if you exercise, and less if you are sedentary).
  4. Eat healthy fats in small amounts at most meals.
  5. Strive for constancy, not perfection. Choose a diet that you can maintain.
  6. Cook as much as you can on your own.
  7. Keep enough healthy food at home.
  8. Do not leave food in sight to save yourself from unnecessary temptations.
  9. Eat slowly and consciously (we can assume how many times you chewed food, eat with chopsticks, carefully cut the food into pieces, and so on).
  10. Drink mostly non-nutritious drinks (water, tea, coffee).
  11. Measure your heart rate several times a week.
  12. Regularly move and try different types of load.

Tips for communicating successfully with others

  1. Stop thanking people when you yourself do something for them. People who reflexively say thanks seem insincere and flattering. Teach yourself to give thanks only when you really have something to do.
  2. Do not be too formal. Good manners are always important, but excessive formality makes you look like a child. Try to have a casual conversation at least once a day about something funny and not necessarily decent.
  3. Get by with a minimum of words. The better you yourself understand something, the easier it is for you to explain something else. Each time you write an email, think about how you can reduce this letter to 25% of the current volume without losing meaning.
  4. Do not be unfounded. When talking about something, give specific examples. So they will better understand you, and your ideas will cause a greater emotional response.

Habits for self-development and relaxation

  1. Read. And not only social networks. Look for and read what really interests you, and not what is shown on the TV screen and media pages. If you are a mobile person and it is difficult for you to sit in one place for a long time, upload an audiobook or podcast to the player and listen while you are running or doing an exercise. This is also regarded as reading.
  2. Make the bed as soon as you wake up. You must have been surprised that the habit of making the bed the first thing in the morning fell into this section. But in fact, we are interested in its side effect: so you will start your day with a small but achieved goal, thereby tuning in to the successful achievement of others.
  3. Recognize negative thinking and get rid of it.
    Negative thoughts pull you to the bottom. Learn to recognize them and try to replace them with more pleasant ones.
  4. Meditate. Attend courses or just take 5 minutes a day to sit quietly, clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and breathe deeply. Believe me, this will seriously affect your life.
  5. A little sleep during the day. A good addition to meditation when you need to relax a bit in the afternoon. To gain strength and feel fresh, take a nap for 20 minutes.
  6. Sleep at least 7–9 hours at night. It is important to sleep as much time as you need, so as not to feel drowsiness or fatigue. On the days when you exercise or when there was another physical activity (let’s say you went camping), sleep a little longer: you need to replenish energy, so more sleep is needed. On ordinary days, try to keep the same duration of sleep.
  7. Relieve stress. To do this, you can create a special evening ritual. For example, take a shower, do a couple of stretching exercises, read a little and make notes about the past day. This will help rid the brain of unnecessary thoughts, increase the quality of sleep, and improve mindfulness. Daily notes help you come up with new ideas, and reading inspires you to write interesting notes.
  8. Take time to meet family and friends every week. Meet with a cup of coffee during lunch and have family dinners. New ideas do not come without communicating with other people. Such meetings will inspire you to new achievements.
  9. Every day, take time for your loved one. Often say “I love you.” Hug and kiss more often. Travel together. Talk. Go for walks and dates. It’s good when there is someone who will distract you from work and fill your life with new emotions and impressions.
  10. Meet at least one new person in a week. New people fill your life with new ideas and briefly take you out of your usual comfort zone.
  11. Write every day. This can be a diary with personal entries or a blog dedicated to your hobby or professional activity. This is great advice for those who want to develop their creative abilities and put their thoughts in order.
  12. Make music an integral part of your life. If you play an instrument, do not forget to devote time to it once a week. If you still do not know how but have a desire – learn. Or just listen to more music, look for new directions. Try to associate different types of music with specific events in your life. For example, listen to jazz or classics when cooking, or rock and roll while cleaning.

Habits that help you achieve goals

  1. Do not worry about money; worry about opportunities. Chasing money, especially at the beginning of your career, is not the best choice. Chase knowledge and development of your skills. Think in the long run, and in the end, it will bring you both money and happiness.
  2. Take risks while you are young. You can grow faster and earn more if you take a risky step. No, this is not about stupid extravagant acts, but thoughtful and justified risks. You should not panic if something suddenly goes wrong as planned.
  3. Focus on the reward. The ability to focus on one thing is useful in business and in life. You will become much more productive by aiming for a specific result. Conversely, quickly lose your strength if you try to do many things at a time.
  4. Do not live someone else’s life. Do not let parents, friends, anyone tell you how to live. Listen to their advice, but do what you think is right.
  5. Admit if you are wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Know how to recognize them. Sorry, learn from what happened and move on.
  6. Do not give up. Never, never drop things halfway. But you should not just blindly move forward, not paying attention to feedback. Keep working on the problem, analyze the feedback. And then nothing can stop you on the way to your goal.

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