Avoid These 5 Daily Thought Habits to Become Happier and More Productive
Do you find the daily hamster wheel of life exhausting? Would you like to jump off of it?
It’s possible to free yourself but not until your mind allows it.
Your mental habits drain your battery. Most of us live in a constant state of needing a recharge.
Harmful habits sap your energy and deplete your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. They cause undo stress that leads to exhaustion. By simply eliminating some limiting beliefs, you can unload the burden of an overworked mind.
Let go of perfection
Everyone wants to be great at everything, but that’s unrealistic.
High standards work as great motivators. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to achieve perfection 100% of the time. These unrealistic expectations set you up for failure and harm your mental health.
Instead of shooting for the highest level every time, pick and choose what deserves your full effort.
On your next project:
- Start without expectations and learn what’s possible given your time, skills, and expertise.
- Understand your limitations and set smaller short-term goals.
- Increase your expectations gradually as you reach specific milestones.
Sometimes, good is good enough.
Quiet your inner pessimist
You’ll never know what’s possible until you try.
We rely on our inner pessimism to protect us from failure by talking ourselves out of ideas.
Thoughtful and informed decision-making are vital to your success, but negativity leads to constant disappointment.
Stop wasting your energy on pessimism and start living your life. Anxiety drains your battery at an alarming rate.
Multi-tasking isn’t a thing
A lot of people think they’re skilled multi-taskers, but research shows that continuously switching tasks overloads your brain and saps energy.
You can’t work on multiple tasks at once because your brain won’t allow it. Multi-tasking should be called scattered focusing, and maybe fewer people will take pride in doing it.
Let’s say you start at 100% energy today and have five projects going at once. Multi-tasking means each one only gets 20% effort. This task switching also doesn’t account for the time your brain needs to adjust for each.
If you concentrate all your efforts on achieving a single task before moving to the next one, you’ll complete all five tasks efficiently and more quickly.
And, by the way, when was the last time you started a day at 100% energy?
Let go of comparisons
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence because it’s where the dog poops.
What would happen if you saved all the energy used comparing yourself to others and applied it to your own goals?
Stop looking around at what others have and find ways to get the things you genuinely want.
Don’t play the victim
We love to blame our problems on something or someone else.
You didn’t get that promotion because of office politics.
You were late because of traffic.
You don’t have any money because of the economy.
Crying about your miserable and unfair life is a losing game. Your complaining builds like a wave until it crashes down on you and everyone around you.
Start taking responsibility for everything that happens in your life. It manifests resilience and forces you to take action.
Complaining takes a lot of energy that you could use to improve your life.
Stop living with your battery life in the red and start changing how you think.
Take care, even down there.
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