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8 Tips To Change And Develop Habits

8 Tips To Change And Develop Habits

I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to find out how successful people manage to change their habits. Because, after all, success comes with successful habits, good shape with healthy habits, and everything we want to achieve requires us to do certain things repeatedly.

In order to change for the better and take control over our life, we need to turn our bad habits into good ones.

And what I’ve noticed, didn’t surprise me at all: there are certain steps to take in order to develop a new habit. They are not hard at all.
Just the contrary, I’m talking about a few simple things you need to focus on. And once you start doing that, the lifestyle you’ve been waiting for will come.

Here is what you need to know if you want to change your habits:

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1. One habit at a time

People usually want to have it all. And whenever it comes to developing habits, they want to replace all their bad ones with good ones. And of course, they fail. Then, they usually don’t try a second time because they are negative and disappointed in themselves, have lost hope and are sure they’ll fail again. But they haven’t realized that it’s their approach that is wrong.

The right way to do it is to work on one habit at a time. Whatever it is that you want, concentrate only on it.

2. Begin

Beginning is the hardest and most important part of the process. Just start. Then everything will fall into place. Don’t think about it too much, don’t plan it in detail, don’t wait for Monday or the beginning of the next month to start. Do it now.

3. Start small

To make things so easy that you just won’t be able to say no, you should divide the habit you want to start doing into tiny steps. And then start with the first step. For example, if you want to become a writer the first thing is to write daily. That’s a big habit for those who haven’t done it before. But if you start small it won’t be overwhelming.

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Set the goal of writing one paragraph each day, let’s say in the morning after you get up or before you go to bed in the evening. That will make things easier for later when you’ll have to write 500 words or a page a day.

4. Be consistent

Consistency is the key to success.

If you want to start running, just run for a few minutes, but do it each day. If you want to get up earlier, get up 10 minutes before your usual time, do it every single day.

5. Have a trigger

Do what you want to develop a habit which relates to something else that you’re already doing daily? Go to the gym after you finish work, meditate right after you wake up, read or write as a part of your morning routine, etc.

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That will be your reminder and you’ll have no excuse to skip the action.

6. Focus on doing the action today and forget about results

If you’re obsessing too much about the final result – waiting for improvement, being impatient, stressing over and worrying about it when you don’t see progress – you are more likely to perform poorly.

Instead, forget about what’s going to happen. You create your future now and nothing else matters besides what you do today to change your habit. So stick to it by taking a small step each day. That’s all you need to do.

7. Enjoy the process

Enjoying the process of changing your habits helps a lot. Be positive and be confident in your abilities. Willpower and motivation go together with feeling contented and enjoying the transformation.

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8. Never miss 3 days in a row

You’ve missed a day. It happens. Don’t take it too hard on yourself. You’ve missed a second one. Well, that should be a rare thing, but it’s fine. But when you miss taking your small step 3 times, there’s a big chance you’ll give up. So don’t let that happen.

Keep these 8 tips in mind and you’ll succeed in whatever you’re trying to achieve. Having changed one habit will make it so much easier for you to work on a second one and do it even better.

Start. Small. Now. Focus.

Simple as that!

Featured photo credit: Silvia Travel Jump via flickr.com

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15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

1. Purge Your Office

De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

2. Gather and Redistribute

Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

3. Establish Work “Zones”

Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

4. Close Proximity

Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

5. Get a Good Labeler

Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

6. Revise Your Filing System

As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

  • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
  • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
  • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
  • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
  • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
  • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
  • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

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7. Clear off Your Desk

Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

8. Organize your Desktop

Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

9. Organize Your Drawers

Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

10. Separate Inboxes

If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

11. Clear Your Piles

Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

12. Sort Mails

Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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13. Assign Discard Dates

You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

14. Filter Your Emails

Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

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15. Straighten Your Desk

At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Bottom Line

Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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