15 Tips to change your life
I have come a very long way. Young, wild, and messy, I used to have serious organisation and time management problems - not that everything is perfect now - but I feel like regulating my life had a huge impact on my work, and consequently, the results I was expecting from it.
I had this conversation few months ago, with a friend who was wondering how I could manage to do and keep up with so many projects at the same time?
Well, to be honest, sometimes, I even wonder myself.
But I have been working since I am 16, and now that I can put everything in perspective, I have learned and kept that organization and projection are the keys to everything.
As we're all looking for this September fresh start, what better time than those few days left of summer to share those tips with you?
I have those short memos written on post-its over my desk, that I read everytime my motivation is at its lowest, to lift me up, and keep me going.
1. I HAVE MY BIGGEST DREAMS WRITTEN ON A WHITE SHEET.
It might sounds/look cheesy but it's the best way to project and help materialize what you want. I believe your dreams and audacious goals should be written where you can consistently see them to help you keeping the eye on the prize, maintain focus, and ward of the distractions that make their way into your day. I also paired them with motivational quotes, and organize my weekly and monthly goals to get the job done in time.
2. I FOCUS ONLY ON TODAY.
We can get lost in thinking about the future or regretting the past. What’s terrible about this is that while you’re worrying and wishing you were in a different position in life, someone else is working.
Worry does no good. If you truly want to achieve anything you need to learn how to focus your mind only on the present. Do what you can do in the moment, work on the project at hand, accomplish your daily goals and tasks, and you’ll do the same with your bigger, lifelong goals and dreams.
3. I ONLY HAVE " THINGS ON MY DAILY TO-DO LIST THAT MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED.
I'd love to get a lot accomplished everyday, but juggling with a day job, a bit of social life, and purchasing my dream, I can't keep up with a lot. So If I succeed in accomplishing 3 important tasks a day. That's a good thing. Too many people try to do too mucg and get overwhelmed, which crushes their motivation, and nothing gets done.If you’re focused, you’ll stay motivated, you’ll get more done, and you’ll be where you want to be a lot faster.
4. I (HARLDY TRY TO) PRACTICE DISCIPLINE.
Discipline isn’t sexy, nor very easy (notice that I wrote "try") but it’s necessary. I have read somewhere one day that "It’s in discipline that we gain freedom". We gain freedom to get more done, to improve, and to remove regret from our lives. When you’re focused only on today, doing only what needs to be done in the now, nothing else matters. But discipline needs to be practiced everyday. If you practice laziness and distraction, that is what you’ll be, and you’ll be left with nothing but regret and failure. And no one wants that.
5. I CREATE AN INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT TO WORK.
I always surround myself with images and portraits of people that motivate me, in clear space ; working from my room, I can only be productive when everything is clean. because I find it super depressing to be in a messy area, don't you?
Pattern your work environment as you’d love it to be. Spend a little money on a nice desk if that’s your thing, but make sure your work space inspires you and motivates you. This is where the magic happens. This is where you should be spending most of your time. So make sure it affects you positively.
6. I HAVE A QUOTE LIST NEAR MY DESK, AND MY BED.
The famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt It’s not the critic who counts… is always close. I always have inspirational quotes that keep me focused, upbeat, and aware that success isn’t immediate. That success takes hard work, dedication and much sacrifice. 'Cause if “making it” was easy, everyone would have made it. N'est-ce pas?
7. I TRY TO WORKOUT 2-3 TIMES A WEEK.
Part of staying motivated is warding off depressive thoughts. I discovered recently that being physically fit helped me with that, not only from an image and an energy aspect, but to stay active. My threat ? Running 2x20 minutes every work out session.
8. I TRY TO SET MEASURABLE GOALS.
There are the big goals, for sure – but make sure they’re as clear as possible – because they need to be broken into smaller goals as well. It's important to make these goals measurable and attainable in the near future (like the one on the “to-do’s lists). Everything should be measurable so you know where you are in relation to where you want to be.
9. I WORK IN 90-120 MINUTES INTERVALS, INTERSPERSED WITH ACTIVE BREAKS.
I believe my work sessions should be intense, purposeful, and focused. And I just can't burn my brain more than 90 minutes. More than that, I start losing it.
10. I NOW AVOID WORKING ON SMALL PROJECTS.
Unless it doesn't required much of my time and pays well. Because I can't give myself 100% to something that doesn't excite me. Everyone NEEDS TO BE excited about what they're trying to accomplish, otherwise motivation will be really hard to find...
11. I CLEAN ONCE A WEEK. (SUNDAY IS THE DAY I CHOSE TO RESET)
With some chill music on, it just feels GOOD to press the rest button on my personal space.
12. I TRY TO TAKE MINI-VACATIONS MONTHLY.
No need to spend a lot of money to unplug once a month. It can be a week end at a friend's, visiting the fam, or a week-end trip two hours from the city, but it's important to get out of the routine once a monthly be re-energized, and enhance your creativity. For bright ideas that might cross your mind, take a notebook with you.
13. I READ AS MUCH AS I CAN.
Books are great companions (if not the best) and in all of my study of great people, politicians, entrepreneurs, or conquerors, knowledge was something they all craved. "If you want greatness in your future, read in your present."
14. I TRY TO JOURNAL DAILY.
I always make notes for when my energy and motivation levels are at their highest, in order to put the most important tasks to execution. Also, I do all of my writing very early in the morning, or late at night, when no one is awake to bother me, this way I can focus on one thing.
This little notebook/journal helps me a lot to see clearly.
15. I FIGHT (AND WIN) MY MENTAL BATTLES.
How to control all of the thoughts that come in to my head? Well, we may not be able to control what comes in, but we do have the power to control which ones we pay attention to.
I try to fill my mind with creative, positive, and ambitious thoughts without giving energy to my fears and worries, because they do nothing but move me further away from my goals.
Also, I think it's very important to suppress all the "distractions" which can include people, objects, events of any kinds (...)
I just tried this an app on my computer called “freedom” that shuts down the internet and all social media for a time determined only by me. I start this timer every time I sit down to write to ensure that I’m not distracted. If you have nothing to distract you, you have no choice but to work.
Hoping this will be helpful !