5 Habits to Live By

This week Entrepreneur posted an article which detailed the “25 Best Habits to Have in Life”. Don’t get me wrong, habits are great but we’re all busy. Instead of going from zero to one hundred with attempting to implement all 25 of these habits into your life, start with a few. After going through the list Entrepreneur compiled, I’ve picked my favorites to share.

Good days begin with a healthy breakfast

My day is destined to be off kilter if I haven’t had a good breakfast. Without getting into the nitty gritty of what exactly I eat, I have found that making time for breakfast is incredibly important. There were a good few years where I only gave myself enough time to wake up, dress, grab a granola bar, and started my day. What’s been helpful is setting 10 minutes aside to sit down and have breakfast. During that time, I don’t do anything work related. This has actually helped slow down my morning routine and think through what I need to focus on for the day instead of immediately reacting.

Seek inspiration

In one of my previous posts, I talked about self-development. Whether it’s listening to a podcast, reading a book, watching a documentary or doing some type of physical activity, do something every day that gets your creative juices flowing. This is different from person to person obviously. It’s so easy to get caught in our own circles (friends, work, thinking, etc.) that sometimes we get stuck. Allow yourself at least 20 minutes to get creative. Who knows what it could bring!

Tidy everything

Being organized is a fantastic habit. This will help reduce stress at work and home. There are simple ways to help tidy up your life. You can start small and declutter your work area. Moving on you can organize your email. This has been particularly useful in my life. At the end of the day, I try to have a clean inbox. If there are a few things left, I know they are top priorities.

Make a plan and stick to it

Regardless if it’s for work or something at home, I always have a list of things to tackle. Strategizing and then physically writing a plan is a useful tool. It’s a way of keeping you accountable and the physical act of crossing things off your list is so satisfying. Communication definitely plays a role here too. Making sure your strategy is sound and keeping communication lines open, will increase the chances of sticking to your plan and ultimately executing!

Value sleep

Keep sleeping sacred. This should be a no brainer but technology hurts us here. Set a time frame in your schedule of where you won’t check your email and browse the internet. Devote time to turning your brain off.

Full list of 25 Best Habits to Have in Life is here.

-Mary