Did you ever happen to change your habits in order to improve?
You can integrate simple habits or routines in your day that will make a difference.
Let’s look at three new habits that helped me.
1. Using a Timer
I borrowed this method from legend copywriter Eugene Schwartz. I set my timer for 30 minutes and focus on writing without distraction. After the timer expires, I always use a 5 minute break. I either grab a coffee, stretch or take fresh air.
As a result, I create much more content.
According to the story, Gene went nowhere without his trusty timer.
You can use any timer you wish. This is the one I use and recommend:
2. Bullet Journaling
I discovered bullet journals after I came across this post from Shelby of LittleCoffeeFox.com. She has a wonderful site where she showcases beautiful examples.
After further research, I found this definition:
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.
A bullet journal is a very simple system to help you with your goals and tasks.
I then integrated Mike Rhode’s “Daily Plan Bar” technique. I use it every day in my bullet journal. This method helps me in tracking my time, tasks, accomplish more and stay focused. Here is an example from my notebook:
I use a Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Azure notebook because it is dotted. It makes it easier to draw straight lines.
If you are interested in bullet journaling, you will find tons of links in the references below. You can also search Instagram for ‘bullet journal’ with over half a million posts!
- The Bullet Journal for Bloggers – 13 Easy Ways to Organize Your Blog
- Daily Plan Bar – Bullet Journal
- The Analog System for the Digital Age
3. Don’t Read Emails First Thing in the Morning
I don’t know about you. But I had a tendency to read my emails (and social media channels) first thing in the morning. I decided to turn the tables and get rid of this habit.
This piece of advice comes from Harsh Agrawal of ShoutMeLoud.[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”Harsh Agrawal”]E-mails are filled with call to actions that other people want you to perform.[/pullquote]
Harsh’s article also stresses the importance to have a morning routine. This is what several overachievers have in common.
I now wait until 11am to read my emails. As a result, I focus on the important stuff first: my tasks and goals.
Now It’s Your Turn
Sometimes, simple tweaks and habit changes can increase your productivity.
What changes did you make that caused significant improvements in your life? Please answer in the box below.