Small Tricks that can have a great impact on your daily happiness
I wanted to share a few small easy-to-apply tricks I have picked up from books, teachers and friends that help me create momentum and happiness throughout my day. Try them out, leave the once that doesn’t make sense for you, let me know if they work for you.
1. Get out of bed as soon as you wake-up
I know, this can be extremely difficult. But remember you have no trouble getting out of bed if you are late to a meeting or a plane. Applying the willpower to get out of the feathers right when you wake up gives you momentum from the beginning.
I like to credit Gregg Plitt for this tip, and when i really, really don’t feel like getting out of bed I hear his voice ringing in my head:
Right now you are in control of your actions - if you cannot succeed while you are completely in control of the outcome, how do you expect to succeed when you are not completely in control
2. Make the bed
As soon as I am out of bed, I make it. One thing is that even though the rest of my room is cluttered with close, the simple act of making the bed makes the room seem 40% more clean. It is the first thing you look at when you walk into the bedroom, so it creates a calm.
One of my friends told me the reason you make your bed in the military is to give yourself an accomplishment from the beginning of the day. I definitely subscribe to that philosophy.
3. Check your mail on specific times of the days
I check my mails when I get into the office, and after lunch. That is it. If people want anything, they either call or come to me to ask in person. However, to this day, nothing have been so urgent that it couldn’t wait until after lunch.
I credit this to Tim Ferriss book 4 Hour Workweek. He has an auto reply, but I think that is a little too arrogant, at least in Danish culture (if you know the Law of Jante, you will know what I mean).
4. Workout in the morning
I am fortunate I am a natural early riser and wake at 5am (got it from my mama). Too many people this might seem extreme, but it comes with a lot of perks:
1. You get it out of the way to right away, so you don’t need to have a bad conscious when you are too tired after a long day of work
2. It sounds weird, but you will actually be more energized throughout the day
3. You will have it all to yourself, so no more standing in line to the machines you need to use or trying to find dumbbells all over the gym
4. You get another accomplishment in the belt before any of your friends have even had their first cup of coffee. That is a great feeling.
Just to be clear, I am not saying you should cut back on sleep! You will need to go earlier to bed, but it is worth it in my opinion.
5. Do the most important thing first
I start every day in the office by tackling the most important task on my to-do, meaning the one that will make the biggest impact on my work goals. Getting that out makes you never going home and thinking what have I actually done today.
If you want to read more about this technique I recommend you read the book The ONE Thing.
6. Avoid meetings
I hate meetings, so much. If there is one thing I wish I could get completely rid off, it would be meetings. Yet, management in all organizations seem to love them. I try to avoid them as much as I can, and when I am forced to attend, I make sure I leave with actions points, so the time haven’t been completely wasted.
This is again Tim Ferriss and his 4 Hour Workweek.
7. Listen to podcast/eBooks
Whenever I am commuting, waiting for someone to arrive, doing laundry or dishes I listen to podcast or an ebook. You don’t realize how much time you really spend on these activities daily, but you will get exposed to so much great content this way.
For podcast Recommendations:
- TED Radio Hour (thanks Jonas)
- Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn
- Growth Mapping Podcast
- The Art of Manliness Podcast
Again, this is a natural inclination for me because I love reading, while many of my peers regard it as homework (thanks to our education system, dammit). But an awesome quote from a mid-1600 author Baldesar Castiglione points out in his text How to Achieve True Greatness:
He should be more than an average scholar in the humanities (...) He should know his poets, orators and historians, and should be good at writing verse and prose in his own language. Studying these will make him, eloquent, informed and self-confident no matter who he talks to.
What to read? Here is some inspiration
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