It is no secret that 2020 has been a very challenging year for many of us. Most of us had to focus on our jobs, our jobs, our education, etc. At the same time, we have to accept many changes in the way we shop, eat, communicate with loved ones, workmates, and strangers. Many have had to try new things, learn to rely on technology and make sacrifices they never thought they would make.
With all of that happening, one thing we will not lose is our determination to continue moving forward and achieving the goals we have set for ourselves. It is something we can look forward to and keep our focus on the “spiritual screen” of our daily lives. What’s better is that we can’t give up our daily commitments no matter what the economic and personal circumstances around us.
Here are three simple commitments we can make right now that will change our habits for the better and, most importantly, be the best in our lives too:
- Make your bed
Perhaps the easiest but most neglected commitment we can make to us every day is to make a bed. This seems a small thing to many; however, getting out of bed in the morning can have a profound effect on your mental and physical health. Having this idea of accomplishing starting your day off is very important and according to a study by CNBC, it has been shown that 82% of people who make their beds early in the morning feel productive all day because they have completed that small task to start their day.
At the same time, 74% of those who go to bed early in the morning feel productive at the end of the day and 50% of bedtime makers feel accomplished at the end of the day. According to the same study, those who made their beds produced as soon as they arrived at work while those who did not make their beds did not start their work day at all productive.
“Your worth in the world is often determined by what is left after your bad habits have been removed from yours.” – Benjamin Franklin
- Write down your goals
Writing down your daily goals is not just an easy commitment to make to you but also very important. If you voted for the most successful business minds and entrepreneurs in the world about what their daily routines entail, most would include writing down their intentions as one of those practices. A study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychologist at Dominica University in California, found that participants were 42% more likely to achieve their goals by simply writing them down.
Personally I write down my goals in the morning and then again when I go to bed at night. For me, writing down your goals is such an empowering commitment because you don’t take the time to write them down but by doing so you are assuring yourself those things that are important to you and that have great meaning for you as well. It is a very important practice to create for yourself because, in my opinion, writing down your daily goals is a way to measure your progress and give you a sense of purpose that works as your daily assessment from the neck up.
- Tell the person thank you
According to an article written on Forbes online by Jon Dwoskin, it was said that the greatest gift you can give someone is to show that they are important. One way you can do that is by thanking them. This is also a commitment you need to make right now to do it every day until it becomes a habit. This is a selfish habit because, for me, it brings more than a warm feeling of doing something good.
It gives me a sense of accomplishment by knowing that by saying thank you to someone you know or even someone you do not know completely, you have a positive effect on that person’s current mood and attitude. At the same time, you would never know what those two words might mean to each other.
For example, I remember a time when someone bought me my Starbucks on the drive thru and paid for it by doing the same for the person behind me. The man blew my horn and pulled me close to my room just to say thank you. That morning was not a big deal for me and I remember how I felt after that person took the time to completely get out of his way to say thank you to me. It has completely changed my thoughts from feeling and feeling somehow depressed to great behavior and I am probably happier.
Now I make it a habit to tell at least three people a thank-you note whether I know them or not because I want to be a better advocate for change in the world and I can’t think of a better practice to have these situations than to tell someone to be grateful and grateful for those opportunities.
“The soul, like the body, accepts by performing whatever ritual a person wishes to touch.” – Socrates
These three simple habits are expensive, do not require advanced education, and special areas for economic managers but are free and easy to apply immediately in your life. Earlier in this article I described someone who said that the best gift you can give someone is to show that they are important. While that is true, I believe it is the best gift you can give yourself to show that you are important and that by doing so it begins with the habits you will develop in your life. Start with these three and if you do them every day just sit back and look at the impact they have on your life and the lives of others.
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