Success means something different to everyone, but that doesn’t mean that you have to abide by a specific list of rules to find the success you’re looking for. To some, it might just be learning to get up a bit earlier, so you have more time during the day to get some writing done. To others, it may mean encouraging consistency and growing your readership online. You need to define what success means to you before you even begin deciding how you’re going to go after it.
For a while, I genuinely believed that I was never going to grow in my writing career, desperately trying to stay on top of my list of tasks, deciding where to put the majority of my effort. I began to see that I didn’t need to worry about trying to get everything done at a given time because progress can be a slow process. The truth is, you’re probably not going to get everything you have to do every day, but that doesn’t mean you’re not still making progress.
If you’re struggling to decide how to begin chasing success in your own life, I’ve outlined a few daily habits that have helped me along the way. I want to share them with you today.
Be Realistic About How You Set Your Goals Everyday
When it comes to establishing progress, you have to be realistic about what you want to achieve. You can’t go from not writing daily to suddenly pumping out 1-2 articles a day, juggling freelance deadlines, and writing consistent blog posts. You have to know your limits and how long it takes you to accomplish a certain task, so you can plan accordingly without overwhelming yourself in the process.
Outline a Routine That You Can Look Forward to and Adopt New Strategies
Figuring out a routine that will benefit you in the long run, can be tricky. Once you have a good idea of the goals you want to accomplish in a day and the tasks you want to check off by the end, you have to decide how you want to begin. Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate the start, because that is probably the only thing keeping you back from making the progress you want. Don’t tell yourself that you’re going to start later. Convince yourself that it’s worth starting right away.
Write a List of the Habits You Want to Change and Start Small
If you’re anything like me, you’re still trying to fix your wavering sleep schedule, so you don’t wake up feeling groggy and exhausted at the start of every day. That is one habit on my list that I want to change, but I know that I have to make small adjustments every day to make those habits a part of my everyday routine. Be honest with yourself about what you want to change, and start outlining a few small steps to help you get there.
Learn to Tackle the Big Tasks First
This has been the biggest challenge for me because I tend to fill my days with busywork, avoiding the important work until the end of the day. I’ve learned to switch my day around to tackle the big tasks first, so I can slowly wind down at the end of the day feeling like I accomplished something. Once you make the start, you’re most likely going to have a much easier time continuing. So, give yourself the push and tackle the necessary work at the beginning of your workday.
Don’t Exhaust Yourself Trying to Change Your Life
The last thing you need right now is to overwhelm yourself with the amount of work you need to get done because that’s going to make you burn out faster than anything else. You have to know what your limits are, and what you need to keep chasing your dreams without falling out of routine every time you start making progress. It took me a very long time to see that I needed to make smaller changes to my everyday life, enjoying the little things that I look forward to after I finish a substantial amount of work because it keeps me going.
Don’t be afraid to step back, reassess your goals, or relax when you’re starting to feel stressed. My favorite tip for an overwhelming amount of work is to pick a task and focus only on that task until it is completed. Leave the urge to switch between tasks behind and allow yourself to work on it until it’s finished. Forget about all the other work you have to do while you’re working on that task, and you’ll soon be able to leave the worry behind, getting more done as a result.
Take care of yourself while you start making adjustments to better your life, and don’t get discouraged if things take longer than you initially thought.
I hope these tips help you make some significant and beneficial changes in your life!
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.