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Bonjour, in this video, I want to share one simple thing that I do every evening, a simple routine which makes a big difference.

Today I am with my family in Coffs Harbor. Coffs Harbour, for the people outside Australia, is about five hours north of Sydney. We are in the middle of winter, but the weather is still very pleasant averaging around 23 degrees Celsius. I am sitting along the coast looking out to sea. We have just been fortunate enough to view a large a pod of dolphins jumping and playing in the surf and with the surfers. Amazing!

When I train a team, I challenge and change some of their work habits. At the end of the journey we also discuss personal habits and routines. As Aristotle said ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit’. The little things you do on a regularly basis at work and at home do matter.

One of my personal habits is to write down every evening before going to sleep, three things that I am grateful for that day. I will share this moment tonight in my gratitude journal: being here with my family, and watching this pod of dolphins playing in the waves.

This is a simple exercise that was recommended by quite a few ‘happiness’ experts including Tal Ben-Shahar. It’s a wonderful way to close the day and prepare yourself for a good sleep. Moreover, it is so simple and easy to do. All you need is a pen and notepad on your bed side table, and time to dedicate 2 minutes before going to sleep. Just write down the three things you are grateful for. Close your eyes and relive the special moments you are grateful for.

This is this week’s Work Smarter: Live Better tip. Write down three things every evening you are grateful for. Have a wonderful day!

A bientôt

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways I can help you be in control

1. Grab a free copy of my weekly plan
It is a simple tool but very important process to spend 2hrs more per day on your business and personal priorities.


2. Check my video blogs
For my clients, I record regular tips to keep the momentum on challenging their work habits. I have now made the previous video blogs available to all.


3. Get a copy of my book, Work Smarter: Live Better
Pushed by my clients, I wrote a book about practical ways to transform your life by changing your work habits.


4. Work with me and my team privately
If you are feeling swamped: by emails, by meetings, by things to do and you’d like me and my team to work directly with you … just send me an email and tell me a little about your team and business, and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll personally be in touch!


Cyril is the author of ‘Work Smarter: Live Better’, in the top 10 business books in Australia