There’s an old saying believed to originate in the US Navy, with the acronym KISS, keep is simple stupid. It’s a simple saying, with a profound benefit. Most things in life will benefit by their simplicity, and the same is true when it comes to organizing your life for productivity and a positive outlook. Below are 5 simple steps that will help level up your life.
1. Make Your Bed
It’s a simple action, but it’s an action that starts your day off with a win. Whether you do it immediately getting up, or if like me, you need caffeine before your brain does the thinky thing, MAKE YOUR BED. Your mother was right. A made bed, a clean room, a clean mind. In fact, if there is a single thing you takeaway from this list, it should be to make your bed. As Charles Duhigg states in his book “The Power of Habit,” making your bed in the morning on the regular can lead to “a greater sense of well-being.” I’d say the tradeoff is worth the extra 2 minutes, wouldn’t you?
2. Keep a Journal
In 2020, I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves doing things we didn’t think we’d be doing in December of 2019. Most of these new things, while absolutely vital, are not fun: Wearing a mask, staying away from family. You get the idea. But if December 2020 me had told December 2019 me that I’d be keeping a journal, something I’ve never done before, I wouldn’t believe it. Well believe it buster! Keeping a journal has helped keep me sane when it seems there’s little direction to move forward on. Use your journal as a moment to wind down, with a cup of tea at the end of the night and reflect on your day. More importantly, reflect on the good parts about that day. Remind yourself how grateful you are for the little things around you and the people around you. This will help keep you focused, positive, and productive, because you won’t be bogged down by just negativity. Keep those positive thoughts out and open.
3. Create Something
If you’re not the ‘create something’ type, this might look a bit different for you. For me, I’ve always enjoyed writing and making content to be consumed by others. If this isn’t your thing, try baking, try cooking something for a loved one. Maybe finally start that passion project you’ve been idling on for months or years now. But the idea here is to start something. Because once you’ve started, it’s harder to stop now, and that interest will compound and will pay out in dividends. If you feel accomplished, you’re more willing to continue to chase that feeling, which will lead to more and more accomplishment. But remember:
4. Lower Your Expectations
How’s that for a segue? When you start something new, lower your expectations. You’re not going to be a celebrity chef overnight, you’re not going to be the next Paul Hollywood in a week. It takes time. If you’re starting a passion project, remember it’s a project, and projects take time. It’s an exercise in commitment and a daily reminder to yourself that you’re working on yourself as well as this project. Patience is a virtue that is not nurtured in the time of instant gratification, and it’s important to remember that the best outcomes are ones that have taken time to sit and ferment.
5. Remember, You Are Enough
As I mentioned in the journaling section, it’s important to remind yourself that you are enough. Remind yourself of the little, or big things you did that day or that week. Remember to be grateful for your loved ones and remember that who you are and what you have is enough. If you have the resources to simply read this list, then you’re doing well. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more and to strive and flourish, but don’t get caught up in that drive. Take a few minutes each day to sit, reflect, and be happy, positive, and mindful.
I hope this was helpful to you. If you find yourself having a hard time starting something new or working on that project you’ve already started, read back to my article on staying productive and motivated (How To Stay Productive and Motivated – Every Day Tech (every-day-tech.com)) And as always, stay happy, stay positive, and stay productive.