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8 Small Habits That Make My Daily Life Simpler, Easier and More Effective


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“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”
John C. Noble

I often write about making big changes in your life. So today I’d like to mix that up and just look at eight small habits that make my life simpler, easier and more effective.

Feel free to use the comments section below to share your own small daily or weekly habits that you have found improves your life, even if it’s just a little bit.

  1. Keep everything in its place. If everything has its own place then it is whole lot easier to keep your home reasonably ordered and decluttered from day to day. This also helps you with your inner stillness as the outer environment affects how you feel on the inside. I also find it useful to always keep things in their place on me when I’m out and about. The wallet is always in the same pocket and my cell phone is always in the same place. If you have forgotten something and have this habit you’ll quickly notice if something is not as usual and you can go back to fetch what you lost.
  2. Go food shopping once a week. You’ll save time, perhaps some money and I find that I do less impulse buying of unhealthy things too compared to if I go shopping when I am getting hungry.
  3. Cook more food than you’ll eat. I usually make two or three servings of what am about to eat. This cuts down on time that you spend on cooking and you’ll have to do less washing up in general. Plus, it’s good to have portions of food to bring to work to save some money. Or to have a meal that you can quickly reheat when you come home from school or work and you are starving.
  4. Declutter for a few minutes in the morning. Keeping everything in its place works for the most part. But there is still usually a bit of clutter. You can spend a few minutes in the morning (or after your work day is done) to clean up your workspace, remove old coffee cups and clean up papers and books and put them in their proper place.
  5. Write everything down. Otherwise you’ll forget about your goals, great ideas or perhaps something funny or fascinating you heard. By writing things down you don’t have to occupy your mind with having to remember everything. This lowers stress levels and gives you a clearer mind to use.
  6. Pack your bag the night before. This very simple habit can alleviate quite a bit of stress in the morning. If you pack your bag before you go to bed then you don’t have to run around in your house half panicked tomorrow while looking for your books or some important papers.
  7. Reconnect each day with what you should be doing. On my wall there is a small white board. On the white board there are things written like “keep things extremely simple” and “stick to the schedule”. These two reminders and a few more are always there. Whenever I lose my way during my day I can always just look at the wall to center myself and reconnect with what I should be doing and how I should go about it. I highly recommend doing this to stay on course.
  8. Be 10 or 5 minutes early. This is a very simple tip that transforms those traveling times during your day into relaxing breaks instead of passages of time and space that only up your levels of stress and other negative feelings.

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  • Giulia May 3, 2010, 9:02 am

    Hi Henrik
    useful tips!
    I tried to open a discussion on Technogym Facebook Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/TechnogymSpa)
    in order to get some ideas!
    I love every eight number but especially number 7!!
    Good Work 😉
    Giulia

  • Jay May 3, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Great post Henrik.

    The eight useful tips you’ve laid out here underline the importance of organization and preparation. These twin virtues are not only essential to living a more effective life, they also make things a hell of a lot easier.

    Jay

  • Henrik Edberg May 3, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate the added insights and tips. :)

  • Terry May 3, 2010, 4:05 pm

    As you noted, this are small steps, but when added up they can make a huge impact on your day-to-day. I follow several of these and have made them part of my daily and weekly habitual routines, they have helped reduce stress and increase happiness. Interestingly, until I read this I hadn’t even noticed it! Thanks…

    A few things that I look to do in addition, are to have at least 10 minutes of quiet time (self-hypnosis) and usually first thing in the morning. I also give thanks to all the things that I have and that make up who I am.

    Terry

  • Masha May 3, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Hey, Henrik! Great advice – I’m all about writing everything down! I have a notebook and a pen close to me at all times, to make lists or just scribble a new idea. It has been really helpful! :)

    People should remember how much they forget!

    And I would add to the list to start everyday with even 10 minutes of exercise – In my opinion it’s one of the best things someone can do!

  • Raj@ The Positive Life May 5, 2010, 1:28 pm

    yup, I completely agree with your point of writing important things down. u know even my manager at work was deliberating on doing this, It really helps u become more productive :)

  • Roman Soluk May 8, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I like the 8th tip. To be 10 minutes early. It is very useful, I know it from my own experience.

  • Anonymous July 20, 2010, 4:09 am

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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