I’ve been playing with this idea for a while and, at New Year, decided to formalise it by identifying the 10 daily actions that I know make a positive contribution to my development, my wellbeing and my life as a whole. Now 10 is a lot, I would encourage everyone to start small, maybe just 1-3 in the beginning. I spent a lot of 2015 experimenting with many different daily habits and refined the list I now have to contain the ones that proved to be helpful.
Taking these 10 I’ve then used an app called ‘Way of Life’ to track these. This is a wonderfully simple app that lists your desired daily habits and prompts you to record whether you’ve done them that day or not. It then gives you trend lines over time. Whilst this may seem simple and relatively insignificant it has a strangely powerful effect, being accountable, even to just an app, is a great motivator and there is a distinct satisfaction that comes from having a row of little green boxes at the end of the day.
I encourage you all to have a think about the daily habits that are most powerful for you and to start tracking these using ‘Way of Life’. This simplifies the whole process down to just ticking the boxes whilst knowing that day by day you are progressing and increasing your odds for success. If you need extra motivation take a look at this TED talk by Matt Cutts, it’s only 3mins long but wonderfully explains what I’ve been getting at here.
Finally, for anyone interested, this is my list of daily habits:
- 8hrs sleep (tracked using a fitbit)
- Morning Journal (Google '5minute journal')
- Meditate (Using Calm or Headspace apps)
- 10,000 steps (tracked using a fitbit)
- Listen to a TED talk or podcast
- Foam Rolling
- No alcohol
- Breathing Exercise (using Box Breathing App)