Wake up at 5 am
In ‘The 5 Am Club’ author Robin Sharma stresses on the importance of waking up early, and using the first hour for yourself. He says, “Waking up at 5 am is the mother of all habits. Even Gandhi got up early, the monks get up early, a lot of the great artists get up early. Why? Because it is the quietest time of the day. You can do your best thinking.” Once you wake up, use ‘20/20/20’ formula to get going. Divide the first hour in slots 20 minutes each and use it to 1) sweat as in do some physical activity/exercise to get the dopamine rush; 2) reflect through meditation or journalling 3) and read or watch a useful video or listen to a podcast.
Find your highlight of the day
Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, authors of ‘Make Time,’ a guide to productivity recommend starting with a ‘highlight’ every day. This ‘highlight’ is the most important thing you want to tackle in day. It could be a software update or cooking dinner for your family or anything. The point is to encourage yourself to be more realistic about how much can be done while minimising distractions.
Frame your thoughts
One of the biggest reasons people fail to keep goals is because they’re not specific enough, says psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert. For example, resolving to ‘exercise more’ or ‘lose weight’ are easy ways to set yourself up for failure, as they lack ways to mark progress and are unlikely to keep you motivated for long. Instead, try making your goal specific, like running a particular 5km you have circled on the calendar or losing 10 pounds by a certain date. Having a timeline is helpful. So, think of short-term, medium-term, and long-term benchmarks that will let you know you are on track to achieving your goal. You should have a clear idea of what you need to do this week.
A to-do list
Your inner chaos loves disorganisation. So a manageable to-do list will increase your happiness every time you check off an item. PLUS it’ll help you find solace as a routine can be quite an anchor in this pandemic life. Having a timeline is helpful. So, think of short-term, medium-term, and long-term benchmarks