I recently read the book “The power of habit” by Charles Duhigg. This book is a awesome creation to say the least. The most wonderful thing about this book is that it taught me that what habits really were and how we can change bad habits into Good ones. More over Charles through a study tells that a habit cannot be Terminated from the brain, it can be covered up by another strong habit. The old habit remains there but the new habit is so powerful that it forces the brain to forget the old ones, science huh . Here is how the mechanism of a habit works, you make a new habit say waking up early in morning that is the cue, then you repeat that habit for a number of times to make it a routine and then you reward yourself, it is as simple as it can get, a tip is that set a reward high enough or something you really desire right now so that you are motivated to keep on that routine.
I’ve made some habits for you in which you can “invest” you time in and in future get awesomeness
Actual money. Seriously, if you don’t have any savings yet, cut out one or two small daily expenses(those fast foods or regular trips to gloria jeans) and instead, make regular automatic transfers each week (or every payday) to a savings account. Once you have a small emergency fund, start investing. Your finances will improve immensely with time.
Healthy eating. Eating just one small healthy thing a day, if you aren’t eating healthy now, will pay off over time. Just add one fruit instead of an unhealthy snack you might have in the afternoon. Do that for a couple weeks. Then add a veggie to lunch. Do that a few weeks. Each step of the way won’t seem hard, but you’ll eventually get used to each change. Sometimes the veggie won’t be something you love, so just eat a few bites. You’ll learn to enjoy it with time. You change, little by little. As the Prophet Muhammad(P.B.U.H) said
“No man fills a vessel worse than his stomach. A few mouthfuls that would suffice
to keep his back upright are enough for a man. But if he must eat
more, than he should fill one third (of his stomach) with food, one
third with drink and leave one third for easy breathing”
Waking early. Wake up just a few minutes earlier tomorrow (say 7:55 instead of 8:00), and stay at that level for a week, then another 5 minutes earlier for the next week, and so on. In less than 6 months, you’ll be waking up 2 hours earlier, and you won’t have ever really noticed it. It’ll never feel like you’re waking earlier. Most people, btw, try to do way more than this (say, an hour earlier at first) and then fail, and never figure out why.
Writing. If you haven’t been able to create the writing habit, just write a sentence today. I’m completely serious. Then write a sentence tomorrow. Do that for a week. Next week, write two sentences. This sound ridiculously easy, so most people will ignore this advice. But if you follow it, you’ll be writing 1,000 words per day, every day, this time next year. Maybe 2,000 per day the following year (which I do like a boss).
Meditation. I made a vow to meditate at least 5 minutes a day. That’s all I have to do, though sometimes I’ll do more. That makes it super easy to do it every day. It helps me be mindful and more focused.
Language learning. Study three cards a day with words/phrases/sentences on them. You’ll be speaking any language six months. (Yes, I have just started to learn Arabic).
Reading. I have made a habit to read 8-12 books a month, I read books of all sorts just to increase my knowledge. Start of by finishing a book in a month.
These are some of the Habits that I made and have experimented over the time and they all have a positive effect on my life, I have become more Adventurous and awesome indeed, the key to making habit a success in that “Your heart is willing to change for the better”