Seven Mini-Habits That Would Make You More Productive by Rizwam Aseem

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Make your bed the minute you wake up in the morning.

Make it  a neat  job of making. Stretch out the sheets, clean out the wrinkles and fold out the blankets. It would also prepare you for another night of rest. 
The bed will remind you of the success you had in the morning and make you go to sleep looking forward to another day. 
 
Always put things back to where you found them
What this means is that no matter what you use in your day, as soon as you're done using it, put it back.
Done polishing your shoes? Put back the shoe polish and the brushes to where they belong. Been cooking some food? Put back all the utensils to where they belong. Done watching a DVD? Put it back in the box and in the shelf where it belongs. Here's why this is super beneficial; every time you put stuff back to where it belongs you're immediately taking care of a few functions in your life; it makes you  avoid backlogs. The first is that you're clearing out the clutter instantly. When you put things back to where they belong you drastically clear clutter in your life. Clearing clutter helps you think better and have a better-organized life. 
The second benefit is that when you need them the next time you won't have to look for it. You'll know where you put it back. The third benefit is long term - that you develop a habit of putting things away which will help you in your life as you get business and busier, putting things where they belong will help you remember where they are in the long term.

Pick up clutter before you go to sleep at night
This might sound like more than a 5-minute habit, however when practiced consistently this is a less than a few minute habit.Often times we end up being tired at night and have dishes in the sink, clothes lying around in the bedroom, magazines all strewn across the coffee table... these are all messes in our lives. When we wake up in the morning, instead of our mind focusing on the things that we have to it, focuses on these messes and our brain runs awry... 

Thinking about all the things 'you should' do and not focusing on the things that you have to do... nor the things that would give you the best return on time invested. So develop the habit of picking up any clutter you have lying around the house. This ties in perfectly with the previous habit. This will help you have a cleaner mind, have clearer thinking and focus on things that you really want to achieve. If you've never cleared clutter in your life - there will be a lot of it, so instead focus on clearing clutter form one space when you're just starting out. Here let me show you... if you've got a lot of clutter sitting around, think about clearing it from the kitchen counter every night before you go to sleep. Then every week add another surface. So as time progresses, you'll spend less and less time on keeping the kitchen counter clean and eventually your entire house will become clutter free. 

You won't even notice this but you'll wake up happier, and with more energy  and a skip in your step. 

Plan your day on a  note
I used to have extensive to do list, with different contexts and different things that I had to do in different areas of my life. It never worked. I would fail and fell miserable at the end of the day for not achieving anything in my life. Then I started using the post-it note technique. This essentially means that whatever you have to do tomorrow you write it down, then take the biggest, baddest, projects from that list and put it on a post it note. 

These projects are the ones that will make the most impact in your life. Write only these on a post it note and forget everything else. So from a work perspective, you write the 3 things that you can do that will make the most impact on your job, and for your employer. You might have to ask your employer... "What's the biggest result, most important thing, that will have the most impact on the company?" or "What results do I need to deliver?"

This will help you clarify instantly what your employer values the most and will get you to do more of those activities.But only write down 3 things on the post it. I've noticed that doing 3 things everyday will have more impact on your life than writing doing 10 things and doing 7. Your mind will keep focusing on the ones you didn't do and then you lose productivity and sleep on the next day. So write down only 3 things on a post-it note and finish those 3 things everyday. 

 I use evernote.com, todoist.com and toggl.com the clean and help you focus.

Become enthusiastic 

Most people drift through life with their shoulders hunched, a frown on their faces and wrinkles on their forehead. They are skeptical about everything, about a new job, about a new responsibility, about something new that their spouse tells them.
I used to be like that, and all it gave me was a bald head. Years later I changed my outlook on life and started being enthusiastic. Not just enthusiastic about going on vacation, or taking some time off from work... but about everything in life. If someone shares an idea with me, I'm enthusiastic about it, jump on board and help them take it to execution. It may not work out, but never for a lack of enthusiasm. This has helped me make more friends, become relaxed in my daily dealings and have doors opened for me that would never have been opened for me. 
Just last week I was at a luncheon with the Premier of British Columbia - only because of my enthusiastic attitude. 

Treat every stranger like a friend
What this means is that instead of looking at strangers with a bit of caution, you treat them with open arms. You welcome them in your private space. This completely changes things for everyone. When you meet someone for the first time, they are eyeing you with skepticism and you are eyeing them with skepticism. This is an evolutionary reaction that helped us survive a million years ago, where a stranger was out to get out food, and steal our supplies.
But for most of us reading this on Quora, it isn't true anymore. We live in a world where the strangers we meet will be in a very protected and secure space. You might meet a stranger at work, at the movies, in a bar, in the shopping mall... all these places are pretty well protected. And the chances of you getting mugged are remote to none.When you treat them like a friend, approach them with a skip in your step, open arms, wide smile... they will naturally become attracted to you and want to help you out. You're not doing this to get something out of them, but just to have a better time in life. Both you and the stranger are going through a tough journey called life... it becomes so much easier when you have a friend. Be that friend for that person, and treat every encounter as if you're meeting your friend. 
So if you're sitting down on a park bench and someone is sitting across from them - start a conversation with them like you're both friends. Not exchange your bank account - but just treat her like a friend. If she turns out to be someone you wouldn't be friends with otherwise, no harm, no foul.

Dress slightly better than the occasion calls for
Notice how everyone who is an authority, who has power, who has charisma is dressed just a tad bit better then the other people in the room. 
Even in the movies, you never see the president dressed shabbily and the rest of the press dressed like winners. The press is always worse dressed than the president. 
So just by dressing up slightly better than the occasion calls for you will instantly become the alpha in the group. 
Yes you will stand out... but you will stand out to be better than everyone else. At work your boss will notice that you're the best dressed person there and will think of you when new opportunities arise. 
With friends you will become the natural leader of the group and everyone will look up to you for advice. 
Even when someone else wants to talk to the group, they'll perceive you as the authority and talk to you.

These are the 7 mini-habits that you can implement in your life and drastically change your life  

They don't take a lot of time to implement. They don't require a lot of money, or effort. 

But they do require your commitment. So make a commitment today to do these mini-habits in your life. 

Take the 5 minutes right now to make a commitment that you will do these habits for the next 30 days. 

Promise me that you will try each habit for 30 days before you discard it.
 
#This is an excerpt from the perfect answer the writer  gave to the question "What are the good mini-habits to practice doing each?" on quora.com.
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