“When we are happy — when our mindset and mood are positive — we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.” — Shawn Achor
1. Make your bed first thing in the morning
I know, I know… what a shocking tip. Whether it’s your mom, a partner, or a motivational video — at one point or another, someone told you: ‘Make your bed!’
My mom used to tell me all the time to make my bed, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York City and started living by myself that I actually started doing it. I don’t want to sound crazy when I say this, but this changed everything.
This small adjustment (& now habit) to my every day served as a catalyst for me being more productive, disciplined, and motivated. Admiral William McRaven says: “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another,”
Yup, it’s true. Something as simple as making your bed can set you up for success and make you want to be more productive and driven.
P.s. If this doesn’t increase your productivity and make you feel accomplished, at least you’ll have a lovely, made bed!
2. Who needs my A-game?
When I read Brendon Burchard’s book ‘High-performance habits,’ I was blown away. One of the things that stood out to me most was an exercise that Brendon does throughout the day. Whether it’s having this phrase on a post-it near his computer, or simply taking the time to stop and ask himself this question — he continually asks himself why he’s doing what he’s doing.
Whether it’s a goal you want to accomplish or a particular yearly milestone your company wants you to reach — ask: who needs your A-game? Who is relying on you to reach your full potential? Whom do you want to make proud?
When we connect our goal to something outside of ourselves, we feel more accountable. If you reach a particular milestone at work, perhaps you will be able to treat your family on vacation or pay for your son’s college without worry. Maybe you need to…