I know, I know. I am guilty, too. We all fall prey to our confirmation bias — seeking evidence to affirm our pre-existing beliefs. We lie to ourselves and excuse our poor behaviors by convincing ourselves that we are doing productive work. Our days are filled with calls, unimportant exchanges, and a plethora of other things that consume and waste our time.
It's time to develop good habits. But first, unlearning your bad habits is just as important and necessary.
How do you start your day? What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Check your phone and scroll mindlessly for another 20 minutes before actually getting up? Respond to e-mails from the night before and feel stressed or overwhelmed before you can even eat breakfast? Relax. The person who sent you that e-mail is probably still asleep.
If you're unhappy, it's because there's something you need to do that you keep putting off. And that thing you need to do, if you just do it, will ease most of the discomfort you feel and open the floodgates of abundance in your life.
Ask yourself these questions: What is one thing I must do today that will make the most impact in my day and life? What seed must I plant that will bear fruits come fall? What will get the ball rolling or accelerate my momentum? Got it?
Do important work first because your life isn't a dry run. A slip-up here and there may not cost you much, but having one too many is sure to bite you in the ass. You can't afford to slack off for too long. The years go by faster as you get older, and life goes on with or without you.