7 life-changing habits you should start in 2021
New year, new habits. And you? Have you already set your 2021 resolutions? If you haven’t done so yet, wait a minute!
Before defining them, it might be useful to know some habits that could really make a difference in 2021. Below, you will learn 7 life-changing habits to start this new year.
How do you make the new year a real twist? The secret lies in some precious steps you can take right away.
7 Daily habits to start in 2021 for personal growth and success
1. Reflect on the past year
What do you expect from the new year? What are your goals? Let’s stop for a moment. We always and only look forward, without seeing what we have previously sown.
This is one of the most common mistakes. Indeed, before setting a goal you need to understand where you are and where you are going. If the direction you are taking is not that optimal, writing a list of goals won’t be enough.
Among the habits that can make the difference in your 2021, we find defining the positive and negative things of 2020. This serves to understand first of all where you went wrong, but also where you are doing well. Nothing is all black or all white like many people believe.
Delve into good memories, dig into what gave you positive emotions and relive them. Visualize the moments that made you happy. Even if you consider the past year to be completely disastrous, you will find that it was not as bad as you thought.
2. Don’t take anything for granted
This habit is related to the previous one, but also in every area of our life. Recalling good memories does not serve to forget the bad ones, but to understand that we often take them for granted.
Now pause for a moment on what you often neglect, in any field: love, work, friendships. Often we are lucky and do not realize it. Adversity has a greater impact than lucky situations.
A Chinese philosopher said: “A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest”, nothing more true. The forest is much more impressive than a tree, yet we sometimes forget it.
So, take care of your relationships. Spend more time with your family. Appreciate what you have. Don’t wait until you lose someone you love to understand how important they are to you.
This habit is essential to understand the cornerstones from which to start for the new year. It can represent an opportunity to rediscover an emotion that you may have forgotten.
3. Analyze how you spend your time
I have no time! How many times have you said this sentence? Do you know how many minutes a day you spend on your smartphone? According to research conducted in 2019 in the USA, on average we spend about 140 minutes on social networks. Everyday! However, we perceive much less of it, because we divide it into many small moments. Therefore, it is useful to analyze how you spend your time, and what to do to optimize it.
Writing a list of what you do during a day is a habit that could really represent a turning point. Identify dead times, use them to attend to annoying chores instead of checking notifications.
You too can start analyzing how much time you spend on social media. You may find some apps useful, which keep the daily count of the time you spend on each application.
We tend to think we don’t have time, but with this habit we will discover how, in reality, we manage it badly.
4. Get your day off to a good start
As you know, all successful people have a morning routine that goes with them. So, if you want to make a change in 2021, you too will need to build your own and insert a morning routine among the habits to cultivate in the new year.
First, take the first hour after you wake up to do something that energizes you.
How many people wake up at the last moment and then do everything in a hurry? Each morning will determine our mood for the rest of the day. If we start out stressed, nervous and in a hurry, the road will be all uphill.
However, if you dedicate the first hour of the day to yourself, you will face the remaining hours with the right spirit. So, if you don’t have time in the morning, wake up earlier! If you need more sleep, go to bed early.
The activities that can be done to give us the right charge are many: meditation, reading, physical activity. Choose the ones you feel best suited to you, you will discover how waking up can be peaceful even in the face of a hard day.
6. Don’t put it off
“It is the work that never starts that takes the longest to finish”. With this Tolkien phrase, we could summarize a fundamental habit for 2021.
Deal with the most important things right away, don’t procrastinate. This is true in the most varied areas of our life, from material things to inner problems.
If we avoid a problem, all we do is accumulate a debt, which we will have to pay ourselves in the near future. Perhaps even increased.
How many times do we start the day doing less urgent things in order to seem busy so we don’t have to hurry up? The problem is that if we postpone the problems to the end of the day, they will still occupy our brain, increasing the stress. Even unknowingly.
So, if we initially do the chores that bother us, we will spend the rest of the day downhill. Putting aside all sources of distraction when you’re doing something important may help. For example, you could turn off the phone.
7. Train positive emotions
What is the secret of those who reach their goals? Motivation and consistency. Do not believe that those who have achieved important results in life have not had obstacles. Some of the most successful champions in history had to go through a lot of hardships before and during their careers. Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona: all examples of those who have never given up in the face of adversity.
Only motivation, determination and resilience can truly be your keystone for 2021. These, like muscles, can be trained. All positive emotions can be stimulated and cultivated. One of the most effective ways to do this is visualization.
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself just reaching one of your goals. How would you feel? What sensations would you feel? Savour that moment in every detail.
Visualization is a very powerful weapon when we need new energy to complete our goal.
Habits for an extraordinary 2021
So here’s what to do and what are the 7 fundamental habits to make 2021 extraordinary. How many have you already put into practice? If you really want to make your mark in this new year, remember to answer these 5 questions to improve your life in 2021.