5 Powerful Habits You Should Try Today
Some people believe that improving your life at a granular level is the key to improving it on a larger scale. I agree with this line of thinking, as I know that the some of smallest changes I’ve made have had some of the biggest impacts on the way I live my life and my general attitude towards everything. Some of these changes have been tough to make, but some have also been super easy.
So, I thought I’d share 5 great habits that you can try out for yourself, to see if you too can benefit and see some real results!
1. Exercise as soon as you get out of bed
This is arguably my favourite habit, as it is the one on this list that I have managed to keep up for the longest period of time, and it presents so many benefits. I should clarify first that I don’t mean you should go for a 10 mile run as soon as you wake up, but instead I just recommend trying to implement some sit-ups or push-ups into your morning routine.
The benefits of this are manifold, starting of course with the fact that exercise is good — even if it is just a small amount. The second and perhaps most useful benefit of this habit is the ability it has to really wake you up.
Let’s be honest, when the alarm goes off and you roll over to snooze it, you aren’t fully awake yet. Your brain is rumbling but your body is yet to really move.
This is where the exercise comes in, as it will startle your body into an awake state that will better prepare you for the start of your day. Not only is this a great way to get yourself into a healthy and productive routine, but it also kickstarts the calorie burning process as soon as you get out of bed, which is great for those that are trying to get in shape.
You will be burning calories as you sit and eat them at breakfast, and this can only be a good thing. Once you have the blood pumping, the calories burning and the mind working, you will be in a perfect state both physically and mentally to take on the rest of the day.
2. Drink pints of water with your meals
From one health-focused habit to another, this time we are dealing with that vital substance that we all know we don’t get enough of — water.
Everyone knows that drinking water can be difficult, and it can be much easier to substitute something else or to drink nothing at all. This habit takes an aggressive approach to drinking water that will shock you at just how easy it is to double, triple or even quadruple your daily intake of good old H2O.
The habit itself involves drinking water in large amounts at a time. Personally, I prefer to do this using a 500ml glass, as it makes it easy to count up the litres as you go.
With the recommendation of daily water intake varying from 1 to 2+ litres per day, it was very easy for me to spot that I just was not drinking enough; and this had to change.
If you can have a 500ml glass with each meal that will total 1.5 litres every day. This was unimaginable for me at the start, but I realised how easy it was and now I’ve been drinking a minimum of 1 litre every single day for over a year, with most days being closer to 2 litres.
You will obviously be able to benefit from the powerful effects this can have on your physiology with your skin and levels of fatigue and so on, but one often overlooked fact is that when you go to sleep you are not consuming anything for 6+ hours (depending on how long you sleep obviously). This means your body goes without its most valuable substance for upwards of a quarter of every day.
Balance that out with a large glass of water with your first meal of the day and you will notice the benefits right away with your mindset, energy and overall health.
3. Write 500 words about anything at least once per day
If you are an aspiring writer, you have to start writing. I am active on Fiverr, and far too often I see requests from people claiming that they are not themselves a writer, but that they want to write the next best-selling book.
This blatant contradiction makes me instantly roll my eyes, but it illustrates the point that far too many people out there want to achieve success with writing while doing as little of it as possible. This mindset will get you nowhere.
The easiest way to do this is to write more.
One great benefit of doing this is that it will gradually make you a better writer through increased practice. It will also make you a better typist, and you will be amazed at how much faster and more accurate you become over time.
However, arguably my favourite benefit of this habit is that it shows you just how much, and how little, information can be laid out in 500 words. It is an exercise in precision and conciseness, and it will teach you to get to the point with your writing much faster and more effectively.
It will also give you a sense of accomplishment, as no matter what else you do throughout the day, you will know that you managed to find the time to sit down and write about something.
Side benefit — over time you will build up a collection of short pieces that can perhaps be used for future blog posts or Medium articles!
Even if you are not a writer, and have no real interest in writing at all, it will teach you to better formulate your thoughts, and it can be a very meditative process too. You can do it at anytime and anywhere, whether it be on paper, a tablet, your phone or a computer.
4. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts while you do tasks
This is one of my favourite habits, as it is one that can be carried out at so many times throughout the day and it requires no more effort than what you would already be putting in at that time.
Listening to podcasts or audiobooks is a great way to really get the most out of tasks, especially if it is something relatively mundane such as cutting the grass or sorting out files. It will engage your brain, and you can learn a lot just by listening while you work.
The main benefit here is that it allows you to learn on the go. I believe that the single most important thing that you can do in life, aside from remaining healthy and maintaining the right relationships, is to never stop learning.
No matter what task you are undertaking, if you can do it while listening to a podcast that teaches you something new about absolutely anything at all, you have just significantly increased the value of that task.
5. Get up and move once every hour
This final habit is another one that will make you healthier. Although this habit is easy to apply, it is also very easy to forget to apply.
When you spend all day in one place, it is vital that, every once in a while, you get up and move around. This will ensure that you do not end up feeling uncomfortable or even in pain due to your posture or seating position.
You don’t have to go far, as all it takes is for you to get up out of your chair and walk to the kitchen and back, or walk down the stairs to grab a cup of coffee and then get back to work. This doesn’t have to constitute a lengthy break from work, but instead it should just be part of it.
A great benefit of this habit is that it will allow you to split up your day, which can go a long way towards crafting useful and achievable short-term goals.
For example, you could set your own goal of combining this with habit number 3 and writing 500 words, walking around, then writing 500 more, then walking around, and so on. Thus, it can also be a very powerful tool for those that struggle to maintain motivation while they work.
Each of these habits is important to my life. They allow me to learn as I carry out basic tasks, and they make me healthier along the way. If you can implement just one of these habits into your daily routine, you too will be able to reap the benefits.
Watch yourself grow with each new habit that you form, and they will allow you to get more out of your life in the process.