#1: IMBIBE A MOTIVATIONAL MANTRA
In the hustle and bustle of the city, it is easy to absorb the load of the tasks at hand. Getting distracted with other elements lets you lose the connection between what you are doing and what you are feeling. Many people combat this by practicing Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of purposeful directing your attention to the present and accepting everything without any judgment.
Motivate yourself during the practice by following a mantra. Firstly, you must search within to uncover what inspires you. Secondly, you must create a positive statement that you will repeat (to yourself) every morning. Lastly, you must breathe deeply and relax.
#2: THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE EARLY WORM
Admit it! You may be experiencing an endless cycle of clicking the coveted snooze button. Trying to escape the alarm clock may lead to waking up late. Imagine rushing to work because you only have 20 minutes left! This habitual procrastination is costing you. Not only are you at risk of coming late, but you are diminishing your sense of control. Furthermore, you tend to forget things when you are rushing.
According to Tom Corley, the author of “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life”, nearly 50% of his wealthy participants get up at least 3 hours before their work starts. Having extra time to prepare allows them to set a right frame of mind.
#3: MAXIMIZE YOUR BRAIN’S BANDWIDTH
The luxury of having multiple options can lead to exhausting your brain’s bandwidth. If you used up your energy on a series of small decisions then, it would be harder for you to process big decisions.
As an avid follower of the Silicon Valley, you probably noticed that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is mostly into grey shirts. His primary reason for his limited closet is to minimize his decisions each morning. Similarly, Apple’s Steve Jobs wore his renowned black turtleneck top and jeans. Influential people focus most of their energy toward productive elements.
Another upside of keeping your wardrobe simple is its ability to help you save money. You do not have to wear the same shirt or same outfit everyday! Just avoid hefty designer clothing by purchasing basic clothes from thrift shops or year-round sales.
#4: BENEFITS OF A BOOKWORM
It has been long accepted that reading books can bring excellent benefits. Said benefits include widening your vocabulary and exercising your imagination. Incorporating literature into your bedtime routine is healthier than scrolling thru the sea of social media.
Before you pick the latest romantic or crime novel, I have a tip for you! Mr. Corley suggested that 85% of his wealthy participants prefer books that focus on self-improvement. They read at least 30 minutes per day. Achieve more by reading about helpful skills, rather than reading solely for entertainment.
#5: TURN YOUR FANTASY INTO REALITY
Research showed that spending at least two minutes for goal-oriented visualization and positive thinking can improve your mood and focus throughout the day.
I am a firm believer of meditation and its ability to shift your thoughts. Spare some time for this and your “quiet reflection”. During this reflection, you must map out your week and contemplate on your future goals. Do not limit yourself to financial goals! Take notes, if necessary. Follow these notes to ensure that you will be more efficient.
#6: SET SMART FINANCIAL GOALS
Wealthy people develop a habit of financial goal setting on their own or through professional help. Apply the same ideal by writing down your financial goals with a witness (e.g., spouse or a close friend) and contemplate the monetary milestone you would like to accomplish in the next 2 to 5 years.
Do not forget to track down your monthly progress!