Good habits are necessary in all areas of our lives. From losing weight, to learning how to manage your finances successfully. This article will take a quick look at why good habits are great to have, and how you can go about forming them.
Can you easily identify any good habits you already have? Do you exercise regularly? Do you organize your bills so you don’t miss paying them on time? While these things may seem small they are good habits that help you stay organized with your life.
When you begin to perform tasks without thinking, this means that they have already become a habit. Good for you! If a certain task or chore seems like a daily effort, this is because it has not become habitual yet. The good news is that it only takes 3 weeks for something to become a habit. The hardest part is getting through those first few weeks.
There are certainly plenty of areas in your personal life that could benefit by forming habits. Examples of these would include exercising regularly, making time to play with your children, having a date night with your spouse, learning new skills and planning your upcoming daily/weekly/monthly schedule.
Many of these things can be easily planned and arranged by using a calendar. The act of planning will then become a new habit. This will in turn improve many areas in your life. You will find that you have more time to spend with your family, do some of the things you have been putting off, and that you actually do have some free time.
When it comes to the business side of habits things like preparation for meetings, correspondence review and creating a to-do list all fall into the habit category.
You have to open and read your business emails to stay on top of your work schedule. If you don’t respond to customer service issues, you will certainly lose customers.
Creating a to-do list is probably one of the best business related habits you can form. A to-do list can be categorized in different ways, by due date, by importance of the job or by the amount of time required.
Once you have a to-do list in place then you can be more productive. Each morning your list is waiting and you just pick up from where you left off the day before.
You could begin by listing the habits you currently have and then create a list of ones you would like to form. Pick one and start working on it for a short set time. The Pomodoro Technique indicates that 20 minutes is ideal. Set your timer for 20 minutes and you are just a few minutes away from progress!