Our brains are built for learning. We can mold ourselves into better versions of ourselves by being active and doing things differently. Sometimes, all it takes is building new habits and sticking to them for transformation. Here are simple rules to follow if you want to change your life.
1. The 20-minute rule
After a long day at work, most of us will find comfort in either social media or television. There are days when you feel like you could have done more other than just spending them on the same three apps and you can using this rule. All you have to do is spend 20-minutes doing something you love or something that will be significant in the grand scheme of things immediately you get home. This can be exercising for 20 minutes immediately you get home, reading a book, writing something or even meditating. Practice this for the next few days and you’ll definitely feel better about yourself. You will also make progress in various aspects of your life.
2. The 5-second rule
Do you struggle with procrastination? Oftentimes, when we have challenging tasks to do, we put them aside and tell ourselves we will do them later. This ends up in us scrambling to say beat deadlines during the last minute or doing the work poorly. The next time you want to do something but you’re not feeling motivated, close your eyes and count from 1 to 5 seconds and immediately perform the task at hand without overthinking the decision. This will give you the momentum to keep going.
3. 50/30/20 rule
When it comes to matters finance, here is a simple rule you can follow. This rule guides you on how to deal with your finances by splitting it three times. In this scenario, when you earn, 50% should cover the essentials; rent, food, transport, and other expenses. You have worked hard for the money and therefore you need a pat on the back and that’s where you fit in non-essentials in the 30%. Entertainment costs and an emergency fund should fall under this. The 20% should be the amount you try to save each time you earn. While it may not be possible to perfectly split the income in this manner, it is a clear guide on the fact that money, however little, should be budgeted and accounted for.
4. The 1% rule
We’re all chasing excellence and it is not an easy thing. There are times when you will feel ‘average’ or feel as if you’re not performing at your level best. To curb this, follow the 1% rule. In this scenario, strive to improve one thing every day. If you have been reading two pages of a book every evening, try reading three and add on to that. If you have been working on three lines of code every week, try working on four lines of code and gauge your improvement. This way, every time you perform a task, you will have challenged yourself to go the extra mile, albeit in small, actionable steps.