In this blog, we are going to discuss the 8 Best Habits that you should be doing at least once a week. Now to be clear, everything on this list doesn’t have to be done exactly once a week. You don’t need to be tracking it on a calendar but once a week is a good rough estimate to start with because all these things are very good to be doing on at least a regular basis. So without any further delay, let’s get it started.
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1. Connect with People:
The first thing to start with here is something that will improve your social life and make your friends and the people that care about you happier as well. It is to text or call somebody that you have not talked to in a while at least once a week. A lot of the people that we have spent time with in the past or even family members just don’t hear from us as much anymore. Because we kind of fall into our established routines and patterns.
We talk to the same people almost every single day. This is part of the reason why a lot of people feel so lonely or they don’t feel as acknowledged as they once were back when we lived in big communities. If you can build the habit of at least trying to think of somebody you have not talked to in quite a while and sending them something even a text or call.
It could be even just a nonsense text to acknowledge them. The purpose is to let them know you are thinking about them. By this, they are going to be a lot happier and they will remember that you care about them. I think this is something that is very important to do.
2. Do an All-Out Workout:
Something that leaves you sweating at the end of it and sore the next day. Now for people who are really active and like some people out there who are probably even more active, this might mean every single workout but a lot of people who are “active” have to go to the gym and they go through the motions. If you do this, then this might keep you healthy to a degree but it will not make you progress.
It will not make you actually push the boundaries of your physical fitness. So at least once a week, push yourself, do something that is really challenging and that leaves you sore. But remember that this doesn’t have to be just sprinting on the treadmill or going to the gym and lifting weights until your arms fall off. This could be something fun. For me, going and doing an all-out workout might mean going to the arcade and playing Dance Dance Revolution on doubles mode.
It might mean going to the rock climbing gym and trying a route that I have not been able to do in the past. And even if I am not able to complete that route, even if I had to throw myself at it again and again and again, I am going to make progress. I am going to come away sore and I am going to be able to do it a little bit better the next time I come in.
3. Best Habits to Review Your Productivity System:
Your task manager, your calendar, your note-taking system, anything of the sort and clear up any entropy. Now entropy is a term in science that generally means chaos or descent into chaos as things spread out and become more complicated. And I love using this term for production systems because they seem to trend towards the exact same state.
As due dates pile up, as things get entered in, as things get kind of messy, they can become disorganized. The problem is it eventually becomes a poor representation of what actually needs to be done in your life. And the poorer that representation gets, the less your mind trusts it and the more you start relying on your own memory which of course is faulty.
So at least once a week, possibly on the review day at the beginning of the week, go through your systems and make sure everything is cleaned up. Make sure you get rid of that entropy and bring things back into a state of order, that way you are trusting your system and you are actually using it.
4. Financial Health Check-up:
Now you don’t have to go look at your entire financial life every single week. As well as you don’t have to look at every single mutual fund, bank statement, everything like that. But it is at least smart to log into your bank accounts, make sure the balance is what you think it should be. Also, log into your credit cards, make sure you don’t see any transactions on there that you don’t recognize, and just generally check over the state of things.
If you live in the United States, there are some tools out there that can make this quicker and easier. The one I use is called Personal Capital and there is one another out there called Mint that’s very similar. These basically bring in your bank feeds, your investment fund feeds and your credit card feeds. So they will just basically give you a snapshot of your entire financial life and all the transactions that have been made and the balances of each account.
Now you might think this process is a little bit boring. If you are not the kind of person who does hard-core budgeting or you are not the kind of person who records every transaction when you buy something, then you at least need to stay on top of your financial health. Also, you need to know this on a regular basis.
5. Plan High-Density Fun Activity:
This is on the list because a lot of us tend to get into ruts with our friends. These are neither depressive ruts nor sad ruts, but we tend to get into patterns of behavior where we do sort of the same kind of fun things all the time. Maybe we play video games together or maybe we go to the movies together. And this is all well and good. This is interaction with friends but it is not high-density fun. It is not the kind of fun that actually builds memories.
The thing is that when we get older, a lot of people slide into patterns of behavior that cause them to fail to plan things. It causes them to not be the leader or not take initiative to plan really cool things. So I am going to make the suggestion that you become the leader and become the kind of person who plans these things. And if you are doing this once a week or around the same kind of time interval, then you are going to make a regular improvement in the lives of your friends and in your own life as well.
6. Create Something For Yourself:
The reason that qualifies on there is that a lot of students or people that have creative jobs are creating things on a weekly or daily basis but a lot of times it is because they were assigned or that other people are expecting them to do that. While that kind of work can still be creatively fulfilling, it is not the same as just exploring something on your own or doing something purely for your own enjoyment.
7. Do Something On Your Own:
Habit number seven is to do something once a week completely alone. Now a lot of you might think that you already do a lot of things alone, in that case, this tip may not be for you. But for a lot of people, they spend most of their time around other people whether it would be roommates or friends. When you do this, you don’t get a whole lot of time to just think or to be with your own thoughts. Even you cannot explore something purely because only you want to explore it.
When you are constantly spending time with a significant other or with friends, there is a lot of compromises involved. But if you take at least a little bit of time every single week to do something purely because you won’t do it alone then you continue to be your own person. You continue to generate your own thoughts and you generate your own stories that you can then take to your interactions with friends or with a girlfriend or a boyfriend and tell to them.
8. Improve Some Existing Process:
An ardent believer in the principle that there is always a better way to do something. This is one of the driving principles that I try to live by and honestly, this is not a once-a-week thing for me. Always on the lookout for things that can improve that do every single day. Because there is always some little tweak or change to my processes that can make that will make things more efficient or make them easier or even make them more fun to do.
Now admittedly, this is a pretty small change to our workflow but it is a change that removes mental work. As with anything, if you make small changes over time, eventually they accumulate and the results can be pretty big. And actually, that is been one of the driving principles ever. So start trying to be a little bit more observant in the way that you work or in the way that you commute to work. Even in the things that you do at home like the way that you cook or do your laundry because if you can start making small improvements in any of these areas, you are going to start seeing greater results.
So that is all regarding the 8 habits you should practice at least once a week. Do not forget to share your views or you can even add some habits that one should follow once a week in the comment section below. Please like and share this with your friends and family, because that motivates us.