1) Limit phone time
One of the first things many people do when waking up is check their phone. The danger of this is our mind is very susceptible at this point. One negative text or email, and it's likely to put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. In addition, it trains of us to be distracted, reacting to every like, comment, etc. instead of conditioning the brain on how to focus. Try spending the first hour of the day phone free and see if there are any differences. I try to stay away from my phone first thing in the morning because it gives me headaches.
Another method to try is compromising. This carries over into tip #2. Instead of acknowledging your phone every time it lights up, set goals to accomplish first. It can be as simple as getting up, eating breakfast and showering first. When working on homework or a project, I like to turn my phone's vibration off, keep it on silent, and turn it upside down. This way, I'm not distracted each time it goes off. By doing this technique, you check it on your time and schedule.
2) Make a to-do list
Making a to-do list is something I utilize everyday and is key to my lifestyle. The most important part about writing things down is it holds you accountable. You can't forget everything you have/want to get done if it's written on something you look at frequently like a planner or sticky notes. I encourage you to write these to do's. First, you're more likely to cognitively remember them by writing instead of typing. Second, while to-do lists on your phone are convenient, it's easy to jump from app to app. You ever open your phone for a reason, but end up scrolling through social media for 15 minutes and forget the reason you initially checked your device?
Compromise. In unison with tip #1, try setting a routine where you check your phone only after checking an item off your list. This way your productive and still connected.
Budgeting puts money into perspective. I personally use everydollar.com to visually analyze my spending habits and examine where money goes each month. However, by planning expenses and realizing how money is spent will ultimately make you value your cash flow more. One trick I like to do is imagining everywhere the minimum wage is $10/hr. When debating to buy an inessential item, I break it down into the work I do and the quality of the item. For example, if there is a t-shirt I like priced at $40, I'll ask myself if the t-shirt is worth the 4 hours of work I did to earn the $40 to spend on it. Chances are your income isn't $10/hr, but by breaking down the quality of an item and the work you do will make you reconsider purchases.
So how does this limit distractions? Going out to the bar, clubbing, shopping at the mall are all things counterproductive. Therefore, budgeting your money helps you decide which and how many weekends you're able to afford going out, and which nights are better spent attending to your goals. Budgeting makes the work hard, play hard concept more manageable.
I hope these techniques provide value and assist you in achieving the best version of yourself! Enjoy the journey of life!
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