The end of each period and the beginning of the next one is probably the best chances to make changes, start fresh and reach desirable self-improvement.
If you weren’t productive enough before or during the pandemic or didn’t achieve as many things as you planned or disappointed yourself many times and didn’t have the self-discipline you desired, don’t stress over it. It’s pointless.
Instead, let it go. Leave all failures and regrets behind and let them stay in the past. It’s where they belong. They have nothing to do with your future. And only the actions you take right now can decide whether it’s going to be a bright one. Once you free your mind from what has already happened and can’t be changed, focus on the new year and be optimistic about it.
Get excited about what’s to come and assure yourself you’ll do your best to get better results. Here are 4 practices to start with that have the power to turn your whole life around in the long-term and reach relevant self-improvement.
1. Create Your Goals
Becoming a goal-oriented person is critical for success. You must establish goals and find ways to reach out.
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If you don’t want a go in-depth about goal orientation, in summary, a few basic rules may apply.
Establish your long-term goal
Where do you want to be in a few years? Do you want to move to the beach? Do you want to get promoted? Do you want to find a new job that balances your personal and professional life better? Having a long-term goal will let you stay on track and make you strive to reach where to the point you want to be.
Establish short term goals
Establishing short-term goals help you stay on track with your long-term goals and avoid demotivation. The reason is you will keep motivated is that you feel accomplished when you reach a goal. And this takes us to the third important rule.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
To celebrate every accomplishment give you the pleasure of achieving something you were aiming for. It makes you relax for a specific moment and think, I did it, now It’s my right to get some rest and get ready to the next challenge.
To understand if you are accomplishing and on the right track, you will need to track progress, and if that’s the case, make all required adjustments to continue. That’s where the next steps come.
2. Track Progress and Adjust
It’s great that you’re trying to become a little better and improve every day. But you can never find out what works and what doesn’t if you don’t track things. The best practice here is to keep lists of the most important things you’re trying to change in your life and add items to them daily (in the evening or right after a particular action).
So if your goal is to lose weight, you can write down everything you eat throughout the day. After a week or two, you can go back and see the big picture. You may notice a bad eating habit that prevents you from seeing progress. And can thus do something about it.
Also, at the end of each day, dedicate 10 minutes to review it. Analyze everything you did, how long each thing took, how you felt after that, and whether or not you’re satisfied with the result. This gives you an idea of how you spend your time. You’ll know whether you’re productive in general.
3. Make The Most of Your Time
If you want to get more things done, organize your life and follow the steps of all successful people, then you need to wake up early, have a morning routine and get to work right after that—the benefits of all that are beyond measure.
First of all, waking up early isn’t an easy thing and requires willpower. But once you start doing it, you’ll build character, structure your whole day more productively, will be more energetic, and will also go to bed earlier and sleep better.
But that’s just one part of the morning success formula. Once you leave the bed, you can spend the first 10-60 minutes of the day doing activities that help you with your spiritual and personal development.
A quick workout in the morning can improve your day.
You can include the following:
- planning out the day and creating a to-do list;
- a quick workout;
- a meditation session;
- drinking a glass of water with lemon;
- journaling your thoughts;
- reading something inspirational;
- getting ready for the day;
- defining your most important tasks;
- doing chores;
- a healthy breakfast;
- and more.
Dedicating even a few minutes to at least 3 of these can help you jumpstart the day and get motivated and inspired.
Also, once you’ve planned out the day and defined the top tasks (the ones related to your goals and which help you improve in some way), you can start working on them.
Many people waste time trying to figure out what to do first when they get to work. So a to-do list also saves you time and is self-improvement practice.
4. Be More Mindful
Mindfulness is something we forget to practice these days. We choose to either go back to the past and relive and try to change what’s already happened or plan the future and figure out what might happen tomorrow. But these two are pointless.
They are bad mental habits we should avoid. That can happen by reminding yourself that the past can’t be changed and the future is uncertain and getting back to the present moment instead. It’s where the magic happens and where you can take action upon your goals.
So make sure you consider following these four powerful practices in the new year. Make them a permanent part of your daily life, and you’ll soon see your self-improvement in many areas of your life.