This is the 2nd part of my blog series on successful habits that foster motivation and productivity. Over 4 years ago, I made the decision to completely change my routine to allow for efficiency. Doing so ultimately allowed me to be more focused, clairvoyant, and to passionately pursue my goals. In sharing this with you, I’m hoping that the following habits will improve your life as well.
7. Set Your Goals
Goal setting is an absolute necessity in life. The reason why the masses are lost with no real purpose or direction is because they’ve never taken the time to ask themselves what they want out of life. “Where am I heading?” “What are my dreams and aspirations?” Have you asked yourself these questions? If not, there is never a better time to start than right now! This is why so many people end up settling in life. They’ve never asked themselves these questions and taken the time to set their goals so they end up following the typical “recipe for success” not only because everyone else is doing it, but because we’re conditioned to do these things before we’re even able to speak.
If you haven’t already done so, take some time this week and do some goal setting. Figure out what you want out of life and work your way backward. Set weekly, monthly, and annual goals to get them accomplished. Michael Hyatt wrote a beginner’s guide to goal setting to get you started. This article by the late and great Jim Rohn is also a good resource from success.com.
8. Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are a great way to find inspiration, motivation and even find something you’re passionate about. Finding the right ones can even take you in a whole new direction in life. Actually, the reason I started building my Amazon FBA business is because of listening to an episode of my favorite podcast, The Side Hustle Show.
Find 2-3 podcasts that motivate and inspire you. It should be something that focuses on your goals and passions. For example, I like traveling, poker, and business. So I might listen to a podcast on each topic once a week. If you’re having trouble finding one on your area of interest, you can also do a search on podcasts.com.
9. Read a Book
Reading a book could be a great source for finding something that will change the course of your life, strengthen your mind and develop your skills. This happened to me when I first read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This book changed my whole mindset and drove me to pursue investing and entrepreneurship in the first place. Reading can also be a source of inspiration. Consuming knowledge on topics that interest you may move you to implement what you’ve learned. This happened for me when I realized you can sell tons of products completely unrelated to each other on the world’s best online marketplace simply by reading a book.
Browse the kindle store and see if you can find a topic that interests you or better yet go to your local bookstore and get out of the house. This will allow you to get a feel for what genre interests you the most since you can wander around and touch and feel the books. This is something I do regularly and it has helped me grow immensely. I try and read at least one new book each month.
10. Start or Attend a Mastermind Group
If you want to progress significantly towards your goals, a mastermind group is definitely the way to go. This comes back to surrounding yourself with positive like-minded people. Joining a group of web developers if you’re learning how to code would be a good example of this. You can exchange ideas, learn from each other and grow together. If you’re stuck on something or not sure what the next step might be, you have someone who’s been there before who can help you out. Here in Chiang Mai, I’m a member of a group of over fifteen thousand successful entrepreneurs. If I’m not sure how to do something I’ve got tons of information at my disposal. Not to mention it’s a great source of inspiration and idea generation.
See if you can find a group in your local area. Try searching on meetup.com or you can read this article by Smart Passive Income on how to find one. If you’re having trouble finding a mastermind group in your local area, you can always start your own.
11. Take an Online Course
I’m a firm believer in acquiring new skills in an effort to use them to create capital. I’m talking about real capital which is much much different than trading time for dollars. I recommend you jump on board before it’s too late. A lot of times you hear the excuses when someone is considering starting a business in uncharted territory for them that they “don’t know how to do that.” Well with sites such as Udemy and other similar avenues of digital learning, this is no longer an excuse. You can learn about pretty much anything from how to feed your cat to how to build an empire.
Go to Udemy or any other e-learning platform and look for courses that may interest you. Read the reviews and take a course that will help you develop a marketable skill. This will not only allow you to pursue something you’re passionate about but will also give you another revenue stream should you ever need it.
12. Make a To-do List
Being organized is a huge key to being successful. Trust me, I get distracted by shiny objects all the time, but when it comes to staying focused and improving your quality of life, a little organization goes a long way. Something so simple as a daily task list has really helped me increase my productivity. There are even a few apps nowadays to help you stay on track.
Make a daily and weekly task list and prioritize it. This will keep you on track and help you to become more efficient while completing your tasks. You can also use an app that does this for you. I personally like Wunderlist, but do a google search and find what works best for you.
This is the second of a 3 part blog series on successful habits, check out the other posts here:
- 18 Life Changing Habits Essential For Success Part 1
- 18 Life Changing Habits Essential For Success Part 3
What about you? Do you use anything mentioned above? Do you have any habits that you’ve made a part of your routine that has impacted you in a positive way? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!