Most of us don’t reach our goals or realize our dreams because we get stuck before we get started.
It’s imperative to lay the groundwork to form high-performance habits, and we impatiently want to skip that part.
As insignificant or straightforward as some of these tasks may seem, they are guaranteed to help you become better in every area of your life.
The Ten Tiny Tasks That Lead to Greatness
- Make your bed! Every morning, weekends included, get up, get out of bed, and make it. You’ve accomplished one small chore before you’re even fully awake!
- Eat breakfast. BREAK your FAST. You probably slept for 8 or 9 hours, and unless you sleepwalk, you didn’t eat. If you want to be productive and have energy, you need fuel.
- Read. Preferably something in the self-development genre. When you begin to think differently, you will act differently. And when you behave differently, you will get different results.
- Exercise. Get outside and walk. Drop to the floor and do pushups. Turn on some music and dance. Whatever it looks like for you, do it for 30 minutes. Everyday.
- Practice gratitude. At the end of each day, write down five things that you’re grateful for. If you do it at the end of the day, you will spend time seeking gratitude throughout your busy day. I like a separate journal for this. Commit to doing it for at least 30 days. Watch out! You won’t want to stop.
- Set goals. SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Now, these are NOT those big, lofty, life-changing goals. They are smaller goals, the baby steps that will get you to those big ones. Make sure you can achieve them in a week or two. Make them bigger and bolder over time. Start small and build momentum!
- Listen to podcasts. There are so many brilliant thinkers and speakers that have done amazing things. Don’t you want their knowledge and insight?
- NO! Say no to everything that takes you off course. Don’t burn yourself out doing everything for everyone else. Your life, your dreams. No one else is going to make your dreams a priority. Only you can do that.
- Finish what you start. Conversations. Projects. Chores. Set aside the time you need to finish things. Your attention and motivation are greatest when you are actively engaged in whatever it is you are doing. When you set projects or chores aside, you lose your mojo. And that adds one more thing to your “to-do” list.
- Put it away. It only takes a minute to keep things organized. But it takes hours if you let things get out of control.
If this simple list overwhelms you, do one thing. Make one small change, and when that becomes a habit, add another. Habits take work and are formed over time. What are you waiting for? Make your bed!
Cheers to your greatness!