2013 was a make-it-or-break-it year for me when I was tossing around the possibility to move back home in Los Angeles like all of my aged college cohorts.
Thankfully (with the help of my network and agents), I was able to explore deeper into my career as a web developer with amazing projects and talented colleagues that continue to inspire me everyday.
On the side, I started collecting and posting productivity/self-help articles to my social media channels (Facebook & Linked In). The feedback has been amazing! I love hearing how my articles have helped people through rough times or improve daily productivity. Self-improvement is a huge part of who I am and it’s time I shared my own process with everyone as one of my big 2014 resolution.
Six months ago, I started writing 3 positive things daily in Evernote and it has changed my life.
What started off as a grueling chore to scribble 3 daily facts slowly turned into a gleeful daily activity to pick 3, and only 3, amazing things that happened to me on that particular day. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge, my pessimistic self was finding it almost impossible to find 3 positive things daily as I started. After going on and off, hating and loving it – I’m glad to say that six months of commitment has led me to a more fulfilled perspective on life. I’ve learned to find appreciation in almost everything and relish both eventful and simple days.
If you’re curious to start, here are some tools & tips to help you out:
- If you’re stuck at how to make it a daily habit, try reading this article from Zen Habits. It’s one of the key article that Zen Habits refers to over and over again.
- Evernote has made documenting a breeze with my data synced on all my mobile devices, computers and on their website. The fact that I can record my 3 things daily anywhere has been a huge aid. Click here to try out Evernote – it’s free!
- A bit of an overkill, but I use Asana project management for all of my daily tasks. If I miss a due date, it e-mails me.
- Anything and everything is a positive thing! Did you have time to do chores and errands today? Got to sleep in and catch up on your beauty rest? Finished your work on time? Got to see a friend for dinner and catch up? Write it down!
Send me any questions you have at StevenWakabayashi at gmail.com. I’d be more than happy to help you out!
Cheers to a fabulous new year! Let’s do this together.