7 Principles of Success and Happiness in 2015
- Do things one step at a time. One of the best guiding principles of an enlightened lifestyle is preventing multitasking. In the world of high technology, people are becoming more excited to do more than they can manage at a time. There’s a Zen proverb that goes like this, “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” I think you get the point here.
- Whatever you’re doing, do it slowly and deliberately. The other common problem that people are facing today is rushing through things from time to time. It’s simply because they want to accomplish more things in less time, but the truth is if you take time in doing a certain thing, you’ll get better results. This is because when you’re not in a rush, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand and see clearly what needs to be done.
- Do less. Effective people are not lazy. They simply don’t have a list of hundreds of tasks to do every day. If you start doing fewer things in your life, you’ll see that it would be easier for you to follow guidelines in #1 and #2 above.
- Allow breaks between your tasks. In this principle, you’ll be able to learn how to manage your schedule. Do not imprison yourself in a tight schedule. Take a break, no matter how short, before and after each task. This way, you’ll have time to relax your mind and prepare yourself for another task at hand.
- FINISH your work! Do not proceed to another task when you are not yet finished with the one at hand. Finishing your task is the basis of productivity, which will boost your spirits. When you finish your task completely, you’ll be able to be more focused on your next task.
- Develop rituals. Ritual is a way of giving importance to your work or to anything that you’re doing in life, including working, eating and running, etc. You’re not required to do religious rituals – you can create your own. Create one for food preparation, for working, for exercising, and for everything that you do daily.
- Assign a specific time for each task that you want to accomplish for the day. You should set a particular time for eating, for taking a shower, for dressing up, and more. You can do this for your daily routines and your work activities.