“5 practical habits that will help you start off the new year better” is a webinar that AskHenry prepared in cooperation with Patryk Wójcik, a psychologist, coach and self-proclaimed fan of remote work. From this article, you will learn many valuable things and come out with a full arsenal of solutions that will help you live easier.
Is it true that we are more easily drawn to the dark side?
Up to half of what we do every day are habit-forming activities. Participants of our webinar were surprised by the fact that the vast majority of habits have a negative impact on us. The truth is that we very rarely realize what is a pattern and what is not. Let’s do a quick test, shall we?
Do you think that drinking water regularly is a habit? Is not drinking water a habit? Well, both of those tendencies are habits. One is good – it benefits us, the other is bad – it harms us. You can learn to drink water regularly, but you can also learn to forget about it. Water is the basic element of our body. Still, we don’t provide ourselves with it as much as we should to live a healthy life.
Getting to understand habits – getting to understand yourself
There are habits and there are habits. Some are small actions that make life a little easier or a tad more difficult for us. Their existence in everyday life is barely noticeable (placing cutlery in the right way, taking a favorite seat on the bus). There are also habits that have a fundamental impact on how we function.
You know that feeling when you know you’ve got something to do, but you’ve got so much to do along the way that it makes you sick to even think about the main task? Think about whether it is the case of having too many distractions around you. Things that “block out” your goal.
One of the fundamental good habits is the conscious planning of living space. The environment in which we work remotely has a huge impact on the quality of our work. Cliché, isn’t it? But look around you. Are you sure the space you use to work helps you focus? The external environment has a tremendous impact on our psyche.
Patryk perfectly illustrated how the tasks we perform are usually divided. Psychology divides them into tasks:
- important and urgent – these should be done as soon as possible,
- important and non-urgent – here are things planned and key to develope,
- unimportant and urgent – this is where we come in with a mission: delegating tasks to the right people,
- unimportant and non-urgent – being distractions.
Good habits do good things
We are the best example of this. At AskHenry, good habits and action planning are the core of our philosophy. That’s why we’re so efficient. To be honest, we are still looking for spaces where we can turn actions into good habits. It is never the case that you will use 100% of your time for activities that will benefit you, but you can constantly improve what you do. For us, it is a habit to constantly ask ourselves: could we have done it better, or do we do everything for our clients so that their time, and their commitment to working with us, is what will make them happier? Ask yourself the same questions. Once you have done this, it will not only be easier but also more pleasant for you to change your environment.
What drives us to be effective is our willpower.
There is no such thing as “later”
Patryk talks about the fact that many decisions should be made on the spot, without wasting time on hesitation, providing specific examples. Surely you know the philosophy of taking small steps and you must agree that often a few small movements that we perform without much fuss, bring surprisingly good results. At Ask Henry, we focus on just such tasks: we organize spaces for work, we excite our clients in tasks that require time that can be used differently. Used better.
The day is not too short. We’re just using it the wrong way.
Automation of actions is not associated well – usually, it concerns incorrectly perceived, monotonously repeated tasks. But such things as a clearly arranged work schedule, delegating tasks, and planning time for rest are nothing but automation – setting priorities. In the social media space, automation is often called routine. Morning, daily, evening – it usually refers to a specific piece of time. This does not mean that from now on you have to get up with the lark, take an ice bath and practice facial yoga for at least 5 minutes. Sure, these are very cool, constructive activities that teach your body and mind to take care of themselves.
Patryk put it perfectly in his speech, saying that the well-perceived automation of actions, to a large extent, consists in eliminating actions that do not serve us well. Morning routine? From now on, stop scrolling Facebook as soon as you wake up. You don’t need a whole lot of content that is likely to prolong your morning and put you in a bad mood. You really better get in that cold shower or … think about your day. Plan it and stick to your assigned tasks. You will see how much joy and fulfilment it will bring you.
You decide whether to focus on negative information
or on what you have a real impact on.
5 steps that will introduce you to a truly new year.
1. CREATE GOOD HABITS
Think about which activities are good for you, and which are a waste of time or are not beneficial. This whole drinking water thing is a really good idea – a glass of this magic substance in the morning will put you on your feet, reduce fatigue, and give energy.
2. PLAN YOUR SPACE
It’s good to work in a good environment. Separate your office space from your home. It can be an office moved to another place, a corkboard hung in a prominent place, setting yourself time for specific activities.
3. SAVE TIME –THIS IS THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY
Delegate tasks you don’t like, don’t want, or can’t do. At AskHenry, we can do a lot more than you might think. Finding a juicer at the best price, getting a refund for recently bought shoes, or delivering an old business computer to the office – these are just examples of tasks in which we can help you out.
4. OPTIMISM ALWAYS IN STYLE
Optimism is not about having your head in the clouds. It’s a philosophy of positive change, action and bold plans. If you assume that something will go wrong – it will. If you plan something and assume that you can do something the way you want, you will most likely succeed. It is you, your willpower, your skills and your experience that are the best advisers. Use them.
More about conscious planning, defining good and bad habits, and practical ways to enjoy working online (but not only!) you will find in the webinar of Patryk Wójcik and AskHenry “5 practical habits that will help you start off the new year better “. Patryk Wójcik tells how it is.