Why Daily Habits Are so Important to This Successful CEO
Our habits form a big part of our daily lives. Some habits are good, and some bad, and the affect of including or excluding certain habits in our day can often be significant.
Founder of stationery retailer kikki.K, Kristina Karlsson, believes habits are the key to a fulfilled and successful life. She recently set herself a goal to get into the habit of waking at 5 a.m. every day, which has impacted her life significantly. “Getting up early gives me time to think, read, write, be inspired and exercise—and I can do it all before the rest of the family wakes and before the normal day starts,” explains Karlsson.
And developing this habit has seen other positive things happen in her life. “Because I get up early, I go to bed earlier; and because I sleep better I also eat better, drink less coffee and so on—I’m a big believer that one key habit can have a massive roll on effect on other habits.” As they say, it’s just as easy to make a habit as it is to break a habit—all you need is 66 days. Read on to find out why this entrepreneur, business founder, and CEO believe habits are so beneficial to our lives.
MYDOMAINE: Why do you believe habits are so crucial in our lives?
KRISTINA KARLSSON: Habits, both good and bad are a huge part of our lives and they’re often overlooked. You have to really understand how they work, and how you can master them in order to live a life you love. When you think about it, what we repeatedly do each and every day are our habits, and each and every day is really our entire life—so it’s so important to make sure that we’re happy with even the smallest things we do each day, so that these add up to a life we truly love living.
MD: What do you believe is the easiest way to make or break a habit?
KK: First and foremost, you need to acknowledge the habit and find out where or how you can weave the change into your everyday so you can stay motivated and inspired to reach the end goal.
If you discover why (or why not) you’re compelled to do something, you can almost work backwards to find a trigger that will help you start or stop doing it. It could be as simple as a visual reminder kept in a place where you’ll see it every day.
Of course, I’m a big believer in putting pen to paper—and when it comes to trying to make or break a habit, it truly is such a helpful habit in itself. Use a habits tracker to tick off each time you make the positive change in your day, or simply jot down in your journal or diary when you’ve successfully made the change in your day.
I really love to learn from the experiences of others too and see this as a really inspiring way to help you on your habits journey. My team recently read Cyril Peupion’s inspiring book, Work Smarter: Live Better and had the privilege of him coming in to talk to us about changing our work habits, to transform not just our working lives but our personal lives too. There is so much inspiring content in books, blogs, and seminars, so you have to be open to learning to help you make these positive changes in your life.
Last, but not least, you are very effected by the people you spend time with so if you want to change a habit, for example, exercise more, surround yourself with people who do that and you will be inspired to do the same.
MD: How have the inclusions of great habits improved your life?
KK: Not long ago, I did a three-month detox, which was suggested by a holistic doctor. I took away things such as caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. They sound quite simple in theory, but sometimes it’s the little things that make the most significant difference. Discarding these habits got me to sleep better, start the day earlier, eat healthier and because of that I had more energy and better focus—all of which I can invest into the business. It just goes to show that changing even the smallest of things can make a big difference to other areas of your life.
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