As we rapidly approach a brand new decade, there are a number of habits that you can adopt now that will set you up for a more successful, happier and healthier year ahead.
If you want to learn my top ten habits that I will be focusing on next year then please read on!
10 Habits You Need To Make In 2020
WAKE UP EARLY
Waking up early is something I started doing at the beginning of 2019, and as dramatic as it sounds, it’s totally transformed my life.
Waking up early allows me to get ready for work each day with little stress. I have time for a shower, breakfast and even to do some housework if I fancy it. It’s also the time that I spend writing for my blog. I always feel much more fresh and creative first thing in the morning, so writing my posts in the morning always ensures that I do so feeling my most energetic and inspired.
Try waking up an hour earlier than you need to for work, the school run or whatever your daily commitment is. Spend this quiet time in the morning working on your side business, working out, catching up on housework or even meditating and you will come to find that you have a much more productive day just from allowing yourself that extra time in the morning.
DRINK MORE WATER
Drinking plenty of water is essential for keeping our bodies hydrated. Adequate hydration is essential for concentration, creativity, problem solving, hair, skin and nail health, weight loss, energy and so much more.
Aim for two litres a day – I find it easier to drink my daily water requirements by carrying around a refillable bottle everywhere I go.
Make a conscious effort to exercise kindness, even when it doesn’t come naturally to you. Many of us – myself included – become so wrapped up in our own routines and problems, that we forget to think about ways that we can help other people. It’s not necessarily that we don’t care, we just forget to pay attention.
Tune in to others around you and look for ways that you can help. Small acts of kindness can totally transform a person’s day and gestures that may seem really insignificant can really go far in helping out a person in need.
DO ONE THING TOWARDS YOUR GOAL EVERY DAY
If you are working towards a goal that’s really important to you, then take one action every single day that will bring you closer to achieving the results you desire.
My main focus for the year ahead is to grow my blog significantly and eventually take this blogging gig full time. Every day I do one thing to bring me closer to that outcome: whether it’s writing a new blog post, planning ideas for the month ahead, networking with other creators, watching a WordPress tutorial or even just listening to a motivational podcast.
It doesn’t matter whether the action is big or small, just as long as you are doing something every day that will bring you a step closer to your dream.
Do yourself a huge favour and quit gossiping.
Not only does gossiping damage the person that you are talking about by spreading false rumors and details about their life that they probably want to keep to themselves, but you’re wasting your own valuable energy that you could be using on something much more productive and rewarding.
Gossiping takes up a lot of time and adds no value to your life. Stop spending your time talking about other people and look for friendships with people who you can share ideas, fun experiences and confide in them about your problems if you are looking for support.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”Eleanor Roosevelt
CUT TOXIC PEOPLE
Plain and simple; cut the toxic people from your life right now.
If you’re tolerating people in your life who damage your confidence, self esteem, motivation or your mood in any other way, then these people need to go. While it may feel as though these relationships are only affecting your life when you are directly in their company, that is usually not the case.
Toxic relationships, whether its romantic, family, friendships or even a toxic work environment, can have a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing even when we are not actively engaged with that person or group.
At times it can be difficult to spot that a relationship has turned toxic, but generally, if a person’s company leaves you feeling drained, stressed, insecure, unmotivated, sad, inadequate or unimportant, then they’re not treating you with the respect and gratitude that you deserve.
If you’re involved in a toxic family relationship, it can be really difficult to cut ties. However, if the person is having a seriously negative impact on your life, then it’s time to put yourself first and tell them upfront that you are not going to tolerate their behaviour any longer – either they need to change their ways, or you will have no choice but to cut them from your life.
Meditation can mean something different for everybody, but what’s important is that you regularly take time to be alone, and reflect on how your life is going and what direction you want to head in next.
Whether you practice guided meditation or you prefer to do your own thing, maybe just sitting by yourself without distractions once in a while, take the time to think about what you are grateful for, what you want to achieve next and what is causing you stress or anxiety at the moment.
This time, even if it’s only five or ten minutes once a week, is crucial to keeping your mind and body on track and staying motivated.
Read as many books as you possibly can in order to expand your knowledge, creativity and vocabulary. I have always preferred non-fiction books as an adult and I use books as a great way to learn about hobbies and topics that I am interested in.
I also love to read ‘personal-development’ titles such as Rich Dad Poor Dad and The Universe Has Your Back, in order to learn how some of the worlds most successful people in business, got to where they are today and how they remain focused and motivated.
Reading expands your mind and helps you find new ways to grow and be a better person in all different ways. Learn from the people who have already accomplished what you want, and take on their advice with humility and an open mind.
This is one of the most important lessons that I learned in 2019 – and I learned it the hard way. You simply cannot take on everything.
This year I wanted to make as much money as possible as I am currently saving to buy a house with my boyfriend. So I took on a second job on top of my 9-5 office job, worked on a couple of side hustles including eBay and Amazon FBA, plus I started this blog which I spend more time on most weeks than I do at my 40 hour week day job.
I also decided to be ‘helpful’ and help out some family and friends with different projects that they needed a hand with, and ultimately I burned myself out. I ended up letting down the people I had made promises to, my health suffered and I completely lost all motivation as I felt like a failure.
What I have learned from this though is that in order to do anything well, you need to give your attention to one thing at a time. If you’re like me in that you’re somebody who likes to keep busy all the time, then take some time to decide what is most important to you and cut out the rest.
If you try to burn the candle at both ends, everything will come tumbling down at some point and you’ll end up doing everything to an average standard at best.
Last but most certainly not least, giving gratitude for the things that we are lucky for is a super important part of life that many people neglect.
No matter your circumstances, and no matter how stressed or unhappy you are at the moment, everybody has something to be grateful for.
Whether it’s something as simple as you woke up that day healthy, or there is food on your plate every day, no matter your current circumstances, there is somebody else in the world who would give anything to be in your shoes today.
Being thankful for the little things in life, stops you living in the very common victim mentality that is so destructive to yourself and those around you.
People often become very self-centred when they are facing problems, and they can offload their issues onto those around them because the only thing they wish to talk about is their relationship, work, business or money problems. Taking the time to be thankful, even if it is for something really simple, gets you out of that victim mentality, which subsequently makes you a more positive person to be around.
It also opens up your mind to think about other things besides the negative, and you are much more likely to be able to come up with solutions to solve issues you might have going on in your life.
It can also be super motivating to look back on where you were two, three or even five years ago, and give thanks for how far you have come since then.
Reflecting on the things you have achieved already and giving thanks for how far you have come will give you the confidence you need to keep on working and pursuing whatever it is that is most important to you.
To Finish Off…
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I really hope that you found some value and that you will be able to adopt some of these habits in your own life for the year ahead.
If there are any other habits that you will be adopting for 2020 then please let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what my readers think is most important for leading a happier, healthier and more successful life.