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As 2015 moves out and 2016 cruises in, we took some time to reflect on new and old habits. Some have made us happier, calmer and more efficient, while others simply aren't serving us any longer. We wanted to share one habit that has truly changed our year: Our Daily 'Get Happy, Get It Done' Practice. It's super simple. When you wake up, maybe even before you get out of bed, answer the following questions either written or in your mind.
1. What would make today great? Choose two things that are totally in your control (i.e. - you don't need anyone else to make them happen) that would make today a spectacular day. It could be calling a friend, treating yourself to an episode of your favorite show, getting that one nagging chore off your 'To Do' list, making your favorite breakfast, or just telling someone you love them. Do these two things. Create a great day for yourself.
2. What two things do I feel really lucky about today? Hold each thing in your mind for 15-20 seconds and really experience what it feels like to be deeply appreciative of these things. It could be your health, your comfy bed, your dog, fresh air or a current creative project you're working on. The list is endless. But rather than listing off five to ten things, just pick two and really feel them.
3. What are the two most important things to get done today? Think of it this way: if you didn't get a particular task finished today, would a project fall behind? Would you miss a deadline? Would it cause an unmanageable amount of stress? If so, that's the thing to prioritize FIRST. If nothing falls into this category today (lucky you!), then just imagine you are only allowed to do two things to move your project, business or personal goal forward. What would those two things be? NOW DO THESE TWO THINGS FIRST. Like really, first. Not after you've cleaned your inbox, not after you've called your mother, FIRST.
We'd love to hear how this simple exercise works for you. It's certainly made us feel happier and more focused, so we have more time to spend with the people we love, doing the things we love.
We wish you a wonderful New Year's holiday, with equal time to reflect and celebrate. And just remember that some years are the challenging ones, while others are more rewarding. We're petty sure it all evens out in the end, so for those who have had a tough one, there are brighter days ahead. :)
We look forward to more adventures with you in 2016.
PS - Here's a few kick-ass jams to ring in the new year and new vibes.
With parents hailing from the motor city of Detroit, I grew up a Motown Baby. So it's only natural that when it's time to throw on the holiday tunes, I go straight for Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Jackson 5. Let's be clear about one thing: You only have 9 more days to listen to holiday tunes. So all aboard the HOLIDAY SOUL TRAIN. We're lighting up the night.
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Truer words have never been spoken, as our founder Ashley sat down with the amazing team at HRDWRKER. The dazzling duo, JJ and Tito, hand-select hustlers for their video series who are equal parts dreamer and worker. It's about "passion before profit" in the world of a HRDWRKER. What a treat it was to have OTHERWORLD featured and chat about the inspiration for the brand and why we do what we do. Check out the full interview HERE and the video below.