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7 Mental Habits of Highly Effective People

In this article, we cover the top 7 positive habits of highly effective people that can help you to work better and…
The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it.
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Walt Disney, Stephen King, Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, your friend's boss who's advanced their career the past few years… All these people who are usually praised as models to be followed. You probably know that they didn't use any special pills or magic wands to achieve success. But maybe, they possess a unique talent or genius that made them highly effective?

We have great news for you! You can tap their superpower, too. Everyone is the sum of their habits. Habits, both good and bad, build our lifestyle, character, and appearance throughout life. In this article, we cover the top 7 positive habits of highly effective people that can help you to work better and…

  • Do everything in an organized way
  • Stay focused
  • Prioritize your tasks the right way
  • Feel confident
  • See progress in your life.

1. Set goals

The first must-have habit of people who want to be effective is setting goals. Moving in a clearly defined direction is an essential part of any endeavor. You can't measure your performance without a reference point. So setting specific goals is a way to increase productivity and self-satisfaction with your performance.

2. Plan your day

This is a favorite habit among wealthy people. Look at the tasks on your to-do list and schedule time to complete them the next day. Devote your most productive hours to working on the hardest task of the day. Make sure you include time for planning, unexpected tasks, and breaks in your schedule. This practice can relieve fatigue and stress while increasing your productivity.

Don't forget to include some time for relaxation, your hobbies, healthy routines, and reflection in your schedule. It helps you enjoy what you do and avoid getting tired of things you have to do every day.
3. Meditate

Regular meditation — or mindfulness practice — reduces stress by lowering the activity of the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for threat recognition. In long-term meditators, this practice can actually change the brain's structure, especially in regions essential for body awareness, memory, and emotion regulation. No wonder regular meditation is one of the most popular habits of happy people.

Start meditating by focusing on your breath for 1-2 minutes. Gradually increase the time you spend meditating to 10 minutes a day. After that, you'll feel refreshed and mindful and can focus on the positive results of your work.

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4. Reflect on your day

This mental habit can help you increase self-awareness, regulate your emotions, and reduce anxiety associated with challenging tasks. Set aside at least five minutes during the day to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings.

Habio's blog authors have created a super-handy tool for that called Daily Reflection. It's a smart diary in the Habio App that helps track daily emotions, develop mindfulness, and keep your notes within eyeshot — all on your phone. You can try using it or your favorite notebook with a stylish pen.

5. Block distractions

An hour before bedtime, put away your smartphone and read a printed book, take a bath, or listen to some music. These things will help you relax, sleep better, and you'll wake up more refreshed.

Scientists long ago proved that the light from screen monitors harms human eyes and the brain's ability to reboot during sleep. Sounds like a pretty good reason to start blocking distractions.

6. Write

It's time to mention a constructive but not-so-obvious habit of highly effective people. Before going to bed, spend 5-10 minutes writing a story or blog post. You can describe real-life experiences or use your imagination. This practice increases your creativity and mindfulness and can improve critical thinking. At the same time, you'll probably want to stay in the loop by reading various kinds of literary works.

7. Praise yourself

Every evening, write down one reason you appreciate yourself in a personal journal. It'll help your brain focus on the good, which can make you happier. Don't skimp on the kind words! The primary metric of your success is yourself. The more you value yourself, the worthier and more successful you are in the eyes of others.

Praise and support yourself regularly. Find new sources of motivation and talk to people who know their goals and move towards them. Develop the habits of highly effective people, and you'll be surprised by your success.

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