5 Habits to Create in 2020
2019 has come to an end. Maybe it's no surprise to learn success in 2020 won't hinge on luck.
Research suggests that people are more likely to tackle their goals, break bad habits or form beneficial new ones immediately following mental landmarks such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. This is why New Year's resolutions can be effective for those who choose to stick to them.
There are certain key attributes for success like perseverance, believing in your business, and the willingness to work hard and give thought and action to new approaches. There are also habits that successful business owners understand and employ in their work, which we can all learn from. Here are some of the key habits that build toward successful careers in business.
These habits may sound tedious and repetitive, but that is exactly why they are the habits that every successful business owner is promoting.
Or, you may say, "I built those habits already." Good for you. Here we also provide more resources to keep up those habits. Or leave us some comments about your habits keeping secrets.
Here are the 5 habits you can create by leveraging this "fresh start."
1. Don't hit the snooze button.
For many, hitting the snooze button once or twice might be part of our morning wake-up routine. However, the snooze button can affect how "awake" you feel.
According to Reena Mehra, Director of Sleep Disorders Research, all of that snoozing isn’t helping our bodies get the restorative sleep that we need. Much of the latter part of our sleep cycle is comprised of REM sleep, or dream sleep, which is a restorative sleep state. And so, if you’re hitting the snooze button, then you’re disrupting that REM sleep or dream sleep.
Dr. Mehra said we have different arousal thresholds during different stages of sleep, and if we’re disrupting late-stage REM sleep, it can cause a ‘fight or flight’ response – which increases our blood pressure and heartbeat.
Plus, she said, the short period of sleep that we get in between hitting the snooze button – five, ten minutes at a time – is not restorative sleep.
Getting up can be a drag, especially on a cold winter morning. Here are some ways to make it easier.
Go to sleep early.
Make sure you have enough time to sleep. The hours may vary, but make sure you get enough hours that your body needs.
Practice good sleep hygiene
Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness. Good sleep hygiene practices including putting cell phones away from your pillow, drinking hot milk before sleep, or turn on your humidifier before sleep. More information can be found at https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleep-hygiene
Water or coffee by the bed
Stimulation can help you wake up. Your body will crave water after hours of sleep, and water can speed up your metabolism, which can also help you to start the day. And of course, Caffeine is known for promoting alertness. Water and coffee are easy ways to keep awake.
Running Alarm Clock
Technology surprises us all the time. Alarm Clock on Wheels like this one will runs around in your room once it starts beeping. It makes you get off the bed to catch it. It surprisingly received a lot of positive reviewing saying it helps kick the snooze-hitting habit.
2. Power Hour
Anthony Robbins refers to the initial part of the day as being the most important when all of the so-called magic happens. It's a time for pure focus and clarity. But once you achieve the habit of waking up early, you need time to yourself in order to get your health, wellness, and mind in sync.
Take the time to interweave a powerful early morning routine into your day where you can focus your efforts on the tasks ahead and enact some kind of exercise and incantation routine. Start with just 10 minutes per day with this habit and allow it to grow and morph into your hour of power over time.
Keep in mind that it takes 18 to 254 days for habits to solidify in the mind, and you can't expect to go from zero to hero overnight. Take the long term micro-changes approach to any habit, including your hour of power, if you want to ensure that you see things through and don't get frustrated with the difficulties that might ensue by trying to do too much too fast.
3. Set goals
Anyone who's serious about achieving monumental success in business needs to set business goals. But not just long-term business goals. They need to set goals for their business every single day. These act like markers or milestones on the way to the bigger, and more out-of-reach goals that seem so far off.
Setting goals for your business should be done early in the morning when your mind is fresh. Come up with a metric that you can measure and ensure that you work towards that end every single day. Break down your longer-term goals into daily goals so that you can have a short-term target towards accomplishing your dreams.
4. Stop trying to be perfect
Do you know procrastination is mostly caused by unrealistic expectations of perfection? Perfectionism can permeate every area of our lives, leaving us feeling exhausted, drained, and defeated. When is enough, good enough? It's not totally our fault. We live in a world where we are consumed with images of perfection that lead us to create unrealistic expectations of ourselves.
The best solution? Just do it.
It sounds corny? Try another way we like to promote it -- Go make a mess.
As Zig Zigler said, You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
5. Educate yourself
A self-educated individual can aim to learn a little bit about everything, or they can work hard toward mastering a single subject. In this everchanging business world, you need to be learning constantly to keep up. Reading more books is always on people's new year resolution lists. However, reading books is not the only way to educate yourself. The audiobook is a great alternative if you commute more than an hour a day, or online course if you prefer something more interactive.
Reading is one most accessible ways to new knowledge. How to find out what are the good books to read? Easy, you can just pay attention to GoodRead(by Amazon) best sellers, or look at the successful people you admire-like Bill Gates has a whole section of his blog for books. You will soon found out that some books pop up multiple times, for 2019 for example, you will see Talking to Strangers or The Future of Capitalism.
This is the easiest way to read a book without actually reading a book. We spend numerous hours on meaningless tasks daily, such as commute, grocery shopping, cooking or doing dishes. Audiobooks are perfect to fill out those small fragments of time.
Audible is the most popular audiobook app out there since it connects to Amazon, the biggest bookseller in the world. Audible membership is $15/month, but each member gets a free audiobook per month. It is a great deal if you listen to audiobooks all the time.
It seems like these days you can learn just about anything online, some for free some are not. Of course, some of that information is better than others. There are some good places to get you started.
The coolest thing about Internet learning is that you can take college courses which in the past were only available to people who forked over immense sums of money to attend elite colleges. Coursera brings a bunch of those classes together into one site, offering nearly 400 courses ranging from Introduction to Guitar from Berklee College of Music to Constitutional Law from Yale.
Courses typically include videos and certain coursework (such as online quizzes) that must be completed in a certain amount of time, as these courses are monitored by a professor. Stop by regularly to see what’s new, or search for topics that interest you can put them on a watch list so you’ll be notified when a new class begins.
Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace, where anyone can become a teacher as long as you have expertise. Classes on Udemy range widely from How to Code with Python to How to Use the hashtag. Courses on Udemy more practical. New courses are updated daily, so this may be the place to learn most updates trends and skills.
Home to more than 3,000 videos on subjects ranging from SAT prep to cosmology, art history to calculus, Khan Academy is a great place to learn. Detailed courses are broken into smaller sections of text or videos for ease of learning that fits into your schedule, and all are self-paced so you can spend as much or as little time with the subject as you like.
You can also leave comments or ask questions if you want more information or if something isn’t clear in the lessons.
If you always wanted to attend a big-name school like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now you can do the next best thing by taking many of its courses for free from your home on your own time. The MIT Open Courseware site posts course materials from a wide variety of classes you can search by department.
Choosing a course will show you when it was originally taught and by whom, and will give you access to the syllabus, course calendar, readings, assignments and study materials. You can download the course materials and work through the course at your own pace.
The TED talks are a legendary source of information on all sorts of topics and any discussion of how to educate yourself for free online needs to include them. There are now thousands of videos on all sorts of topics available on the site.
If you’re a fan of whimsy you can also get the site to suggest a fascinating, beautiful or informative video for you, among other tags. This may not be formal education but it certainly can be life-changing.
Hope these 5 habits would be useful or inspirational for you.
Keep up with us, we will have more for you in 2020.