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29 New Habits To Try This New Year

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The new year is a great time to make some changes and I recommend starting with implementing some new habits.

Have you heard the saying: “It takes 21 days to implement a habit; it takes 90 days to make it part of your lifestyle”?

Think about that.

90 days is not that long, I mean it’s really only 3 months.

Meaning if you started a new habit at the beginning of the year, by the end of March it could be a part of your lifestyle.

What do I mean by a part of your lifestyle?

Think of it like this.

You snooze your alarm first thing in the morning. You don’t realize it but that muscle memory of hitting the snooze button every morning becomes a habit and before you know it, you’re doing that every single day!

It’s part of your lifestyle now.

So join me this year while we reprogram our brains to establish some new habits that can help propel us to our goals.

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Here are 29 New Habits to Try this New Year:

1. Daily Walk/Exercise

Try to get outside at least once a day and watch your mood improve.

2. Meditation

Meditation can help calm and focus your mind. You can practice by yourself or listen to a guided meditation.

3. Drink more water

Scientists say we should drink half our body weight in ounces of water every day. So if you weigh 140 lbs you should drink about 70 oz of water every day. Start the new year by getting in the habit of drinking more water.

4. Daily Gratitude

Write down 5 things you are grateful for every day.

5. Journal

Need help getting started journaling? Check out this blog post: How to Start a Journal

6. No Snooze Button!

Are you ready to finally break that snoozing habit? Grab your free “Snooze No-More” guide and follow my 5 steps to break that habit.

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7. Make Your Bed

Start off your day with a small win, and it’ll make your room look 10 times cleaner.

8. Go to Bed Early and Wake Up Early

Try making a morning and evening routine to help engage these habits.

9. Fold Your Laundry Right Away

Don’t let your clothes sit around getting wrinkled, put everything away right away.

10. Lay out everything you need for the next day the night before

This helps make your mornings less stressful when you don’t have to make many decisions like what to wear.

Also, if you pack up your bag or purse the night before, you won’t be as stressed trying to remember what you need to grab.

Related: 10 Smart Things to Include in Your Bedtime Routine for an Easier Morning

11. Make a Weekly To-Do List

Every Sunday, take some time to go through what needs to be done this week.

The act of writing down what you have to do makes you more likely to do that thing. Plus you won’t forget it if it’s written down.

Related: 6 Sunday Habits to Have a Productive Week

12. Do a 10-Minute Clean Up Before Bed

Starting the day with a clean house reduces stress, and also reduces mental clutter when you’re trying to focus on an important task.

13. Clean Up as You Go

Don’t save all the cleaning for right before bed. You can’t do it all in 10 minutes. Clean as you go to reduce the time spent cleaning later.

14. Stretch or Do Yoga Before Bed

Stretching or doing yoga before bed can help relax your muscles before going to sleep making you fall asleep faster.

15. Wash Your Face Every Morning and Night

Gotta make sure to take care of your skin.

16. Keep a Notebook Nearby for Random Thoughts and Ideas

Brain dumping has become very popular lately. By keeping a notebook nearby you can quickly jot down (or brain dump) what’s on your mind. And then you can go back to what you were focusing on before.

Related: How to Brain Dump for Mental Clarity

17. Recite Affirmations Every Day

Reciting positive daily affirmations can help shift your mindset for the better.

Read more about affirmations on this blog post: What are Affirmations and How to Write Them

18. Start Your Week Off Right with a Sunday Routine

Check out this blog post for ideas: Things-To-Do on Sunday to Have a Productive Week

19. Get Outside Every Day

Your body needs that vitamin D, so get outside for at least 30-60 minutes a day or even just for a quick walk around the block with your dog. (That counts as your daily exercise too ?)

20. Do the Dishes Right After Dinner

Avoid the mess in the morning. Remember a clean space gives for a stress-free morning.

21. Listen to uplifting podcasts or books on audible on your way to work or while cleaning

I almost always listen to a personal development book or podcast on my way to school or work. It can be motivating to help start your day.

22. Look for the Positive Sides of Everything

Work on shifting to a more positive mindset this year. You won’t regret it!

23. Meal Prep Healthy Snacks

You’ll be more likely to reach for a healthy snack if it’s already prepared. For example, have some celery already cut up and divided out into portions for an easy grab.

24. Floss Your Teeth More Often

Your dentists always ask if you flossed regularly so why not actually set out to make a habit of it instead of sadly telling them no you don’t every time.

You’ll feel awesome when you can finally tell your dentist that yes you have been flossing regularly.

25. Schedule Some Self-Care Time Every Day

You don’t have to schedule a whole hour every day for a self-care bath. Just simply set aside 30 minutes to read your favorite book, or play a board game. Something to relax you after a long day.

Related: Self-Care Activities that won’t Break the Bank and Self-Care Books

26. Find a Creative Hobby

Going along with self-care, make sure you find some time to do the things you love every day. Whether it’d be knitting, painting, writing, etc. find something you enjoy doing every day.

27. Tidy up your workspace at the end of every day

Leave your workspace clean at the end of every day so when you come back to it in the morning you can get straight to work, rather than immediately having a cluttered mind.

28. Read a chapter of a personal development book every day

Check out this list of Personal Development Books. These are some of my favorite self development books so far.

29. Review Your Goals Every Week

Do a weekly review every week to make sure you’re always on track to achieve your goals.

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Quick Tip for Starting New Habits this Year

My first tip in starting new habits is to focus on implementing only 1-3 habits at once or you’ll get overwhelmed.

So looking at this list and pick just a few things to start implementing tomorrow!

My next tip is to try attaching a new habit to an already established habit.

For example, if you already have a habit of brushing your teeth every day, add flossing right after. Essentially these two habits will become one and you’ll never forget to do one if you have done the other.

Other habits to link together:

  • No snooze button – get a glass of water – make your bed
  • Brush teeth – Take vitamins – Floss
  • 10 minute tidy – Set out clothes for tomorrow
  • Stretch before climbing into bed

My last tip is to use a habit tracker. It can help keep you accountable to work on your new habit every day. Grab this one for free.

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Try putting your habit tracker on the wall next to your bed, or on the fridge, or in your bullet journal. Somewhere you will see it every day.

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Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working, and How to Fix It

Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working, and How to Fix It

The idea of having a morning routine sounds pretty dreamy, doesn’t it? Waking up slowly, while sipping your coffee and reading a book. No rushing to get out the door asap, just peace and quiet before the day even starts. It sounds pretty amazing. But unfortunately, it can be difficult to stick to a morning routine.

After a while, you decide to sleep in one morning, which means you have to skip your morning coffee and reading time. Next, you start rushing around the house trying to find everything so you can get to work on time. Then you eventually start to skip breakfast altogether.

Before you know it, you’re back to your old habit of hitting snooze until the last possible moment before you have to rush out the door while still brushing your hair.

There are a few reasons why your morning routine isn’t working and it’s not because you’re lazy or undisciplined. Once you know why this is happening, it’s easy to fix and I’m here to tell you exactly how you can create a morning routine that will not only stick but that you’ll love waking up to.

For years, I had the habit of hitting snoozing 3-5 times every morning, skipping breakfast, and running out the door. It was always stressful to start my day like that, so when I discovered morning routines and start implementing one into my day, my life completely changed.

Of course, it took some time to create a solid morning routine that I could stick to, but I learned a lot and now I want to share it all with you.

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3 Reasons Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working

When I first discovered the idea of morning routines I was super excited. I watched tons of youtube videos on the topic and read so many blog posts. Then I got out a pencil and paper and wrote out my very first morning routine.

It included tons of things that other people had talked about doing in their morning routine like reading, journaling, meditating, yoga, a walk around the block, eating a healthy breakfast, and of course, some quiet time to slowly sip my coffee, all before heading out the door.

I woke up the next morning super excited to do all these things and to be honest, it went pretty well the first couple of days, but eventually, I realized doing every one of those habits in the morning was a lot.

I started sleeping in again, saying that I’ll just skip some of these habits and do the others after I get 30 more minutes of sleep. But then over time that turned into me completely giving up on a morning routine entirely.

So what went wrong?

1. You’re being too ambitious

I was being way too ambitious with my morning routine right away. If you want a new routine or habit to stick you have to start small.

This was a tip that took me a long time to learn, unfortunately, but once I learned it, my morning routine journey started to take off.

So if you’re trying to start a morning routine, start out by first picking one thing you want to focus on for the first week or two.

Maybe that’s waking up 15 minutes earlier to actually have time for a healthy breakfast or time to make a delicious cup of coffee or time to just play with your furbaby before heading off to work.

For the first week or two, pick just one new thing. Then once you’re feeling comfortable with that, set your alarm back another 15 minutes earlier and pick another new habit to add to it.

It is much easier to start with one 15-minute habit than to start with a whole hour-long routine. You can build up to that over time.

2. You’re trying to copy other people’s morning routines

Another mistake I made early on in my morning routine journey was that I was trying to copy exactly how another person did their morning routine. If this is also you, you’re not alone.

There are many people who post what their exact morning routine looks like on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, but you should not use those as exact plans for your life. Instead, you should be using their content for inspiration as you are planning your own routine.

Take note of the things you like and don’t like about other people’s morning routines and then take that into account as you decide what habits you want to include in yours.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch other videos on morning routines or anything like that. I watch so many of those videos, it’s actually insane. All I’m saying is that you watch it with a curious mind instead of taking it so literally.

3. You’re still hitting the snooze button

There is a reason why I am so adamant about the first step on your morning routine journey being to break your snoozing habit. I believe that the snooze button is the very reason why it took me over a year to finally stick to a morning routine.

Like I mentioned earlier I used to hit snooze 3-5 times every single morning without even thinking about it. It was so easy to roll over and hit the snooze button in my sleep that trying to have time for a morning habit other than just getting dressed and running out the door was near impossible.

So if you are also a snooze-aholic like I was, then this should be your first goal, to break your snoozing habit.

Check out this blog post to help you get started >> How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

And grab this free ebook

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Final Thoughts on Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working

Most people when they start a morning routine fall into these 3, or even all 3, of these groups. So before you go, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are so many people starting morning routines every day and you can do it too. And because you found this blog post, it won’t take you as long to create one that sticks.

Morning routines make for a great way to start your day. No more jumping out of bed and frankly running around the house trying to get out the door asap. You can have a calm, relaxing morning that actually prepares you for the day.

If your morning routine isn’t working, these tips should help you figure out why and how you can tweak your morning routine to make it stick.

As always, remember, you can do anything you put your mind to.

Have a fabulous day!

Alyssa xx


Want to read more about morning routines? Check out these other blog posts.

The Incredible Magic of Having a Morning Routine

10 Amazing Benefits of Waking Up Early and Having a Morning Routine

How to Create a Morning Routine and Stick To It


Ready to get started creating a morning routine you’ll love waking up to every single day? Check out the Design Your Perfect Morning Routine workbook.

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The Incredible Magic of Having a Morning Routine

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I wake up around 5:00 am most mornings to start my morning routine. I know this sounds crazy and you’re probably thinking “well good for you but I could never do that”. Well, let me tell you something. I was not always this way.

In fact, I used to be a night owl with a big snoozing problem. I would hit snooze for almost 60 minutes every single morning just dreading having to get up and start my day. Until eventually I realized that the way I start my day was having a negative effect on the rest of my day.

Did you know that your morning routine sets you up for how the rest of your day will go?

So if you sleep in a little too late and then find yourself rushing out the door, you’ll feel rushed all day and have a hard time concentrating or staying focused at work.

Versus if you start your day slow and calmly getting ready, and making sure to include some time to do something that lights you up, you’re more likely to have a day full of productivity.

There is something magical about waking up before the rest of the world and starting your day slower and more intentional. Creating a morning routine for yourself is essential if you want to move forward on your personal development journey.

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The Importance of Your Morning Routine

Mornings are difficult for many people, but how you handle them will affect the rest of your day. The easiest way to make sure your mornings start off on the right foot is if you have a morning routine to follow.

A good morning routine can create a foundation of stability in your life, which is so important no matter what you have going on in your life.

Some days I wake up tired and depressed, not feeling like I want to do anything at all. But because I have a morning routine already created, I don’t have to think too hard about what I need to do in the morning.

Plus it’s a morning routine I created for myself and I made sure to include activities that I look forward to every morning, and that makes getting out of bed even easier.

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5 Benefits of Having a Morning Routine

More Structure

For most people, mornings can be rather chaotic. You snoozed one too many times, got out of bed too late, and that’s when the rushing began: a quick shower, followed by trying to decide what to wear, making a quick cup of coffee, and grabbing an easy to-go breakfast on your way out the door. Just pure chaos to start your day, and we know that this feeling carries into the rest of your day.

By creating your own personalized morning routine, you can take control of your mornings which will bring more structure to your life.

Less Stress/Decision Fatigue

Once you have more control of your mornings there won’t be many surprises. You’ll get out of bed already knowing what to wear, what you’re eating for breakfast and even lunch, and you’ll know you have enough time for a more relaxing shower.

No more confusion, no more stress, and no more decision fatigue to start your day, which means you’ll no longer arrive to work stressed before you’ve even started your day.

Increased Productivity

More structure + less stress = increased productivity. It’s a very basic formula but can save you so much time.

Besides the fact that getting up earlier will give you more time in the mornings, you will also be amazed at how much more you can get done each day. No more starting your mornings stressed out and rushing around the house to get out the door asap.

Reach Your Goals

Want to achieve more goals in your life? Having a consistent morning routine is the exact key you need to succeed. All of those mornings you start on your own terms, slowly and more structured will compound and you’ll see that you’ll start crushing those goals so much faster than most people.

The extra time and productivity you because of your morning routine will help you achieve goals you never thought were possible.

Advantage Over Everyone Else

I like to say that establishing a morning routine is the first step to immense personal growth. Because not everyone has the courage or willpower to get up earlier and go through a whole routine before most people even get out of bed.

If you can create this new routine and make it a habit every morning, you’ll have a big advantage over others in all areas of your life.


The Effect of a Morning Routine on Your Well-Being

Better Sleep Quality

Studies show that consistently going to bed and getting up at the same time every day has a positive impact on your quality of sleep. And with a higher quality of sleep, you will be more focused and alert throughout the day which will lead to more peace of mind.

Better Health

You can be healthier with just a little extra planning. Set your alarm back just 15 minutes and you have time to go for a walk around the block and a good breakfast. A habit that will quickly compound and help you feel better all day.

Better Stress Levels

Like we mentioned earlier, because of your structured morning routine you’ll experience less stress as you start your day. Remember that increased stress levels can have a major impact on your physical and mental health. So start your day more relaxed and less stressed.

How To Start a Morning Routine

Now that I’ve shown you all the amazing benefits of having a morning routine, it’s time to create your own.

Remember that everyone is different so you can’t just simply copy another person’s morning routine and expect it to be perfect for you. You have to test out different routines for yourself until you find what works best for you and your lifestyle.

That’s why I created the Design Your Perfect Morning Routine workbook. It’s designed to walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a morning routine that is perfect for you and your lifestyle.

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Final Thoughts on Morning Routines

Now that you understand the incredible magic of getting up before everyone else, it’s time to create your own morning routine. Remember not to make it too complicated. It’s all about creating structure in your life to make your mornings easier and less stressful.

Have any more questions about morning routines? Comment them down below.

More Blog Posts on Morning Routines:

10 Amazing Benefits of Waking Up Early and Having a Morning Routine

How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

20 Morning Routine Ideas that will Make You Want to Get Up

How to Create a Morning Routine and Stick To It

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How to Create a Morning Routine and Stick To It

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Are you ready to stop having crappy days where you’re tired all the time and unmotivated?

Then you need to make sure you’re starting your day on the right foot.

And in order to do that, you need to create a morning routine.

But hold on, before you go searching on youtube for the “perfect morning routine”, you need to know that everyone’s morning routine is different.

And it has to be, otherwise, it wouldn’t be created with your unique circumstances and likes and dislikes in mind.

Obviously, you wouldn’t have the same morning routine as an Olympic swimmer or a mother with 2 toddlers. That just doesn’t make sense.

You have to create a morning route that’s curated to your unique lifestyle.

And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do today.

This blog post contains my five-step process to create a morning routine that you love and that works for you and your lifestyle.

Let’s get started.

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Step 1: Review Your Current Morning Routine

Before you can start creating your “perfect” morning routine you need to review your current one.

Believe it or not, you already have a morning routine. If you pay attention, you’ll notice you do almost the same exact thing every morning.

Hitting snooze every morning may be part of your routine. Not eating breakfast or running out the door could also be a part of your routine.

Let’s take some time to examine your current routine.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How early do you get up?
  • Do you have enough time to get ready before work/school?
  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Do you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day?
  • Do you eat breakfast every morning?

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Step 2: Discover Your Why

If you want to stick to a new routine, you need to define your why. Why do you want to create a morning routine?

When you’re struggling to get out of bed, remembering why it’s important to you will be super helpful.

Maybe it’s because you don’t want to feel rushed out the door every morning. Or you want more time with your kids before they run to catch the bus. Or you want to start your day with some personal development time.

Whatever it is, write it down.

Why do you want to create a morning routine and what do you want to get out of it?

Step 3: Brainstorm the Possibilities

Alright, here’s where we have fun.

Now that you know your current routine and why you want to make it better, let’s decide what you want your new routine to look like.

Brainstorm what you want to include in your morning routine.

What do you want to achieve in your first hour of the day?

Write down all your ideas and how much time you would spend on them.

If you’re having troubles coming up with some ideas, check out this blog post for 20 Morning Routine Ideas that will Make You Want to Get Up

Step 4: Plan Out Your Morning Routine

Now that you have a list of things you want to include in your morning routine, write down what you want it to look like.

Try to build off your current routine if you can. That will make it easier to implement.

If you normally go straight to the shower when you get up, keep that the same but then add one of your new activities right after, like reading or journaling.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on your routine, make a couple of different possible routines.

You could try the first one for one week and then another one the week after.

And at the end of each week reflect on how you felt they went and if you need to change something.

Pro Tip: Most people don’t want to get up in the morning because they don’t have something to look forward to in their day. Include an activity in your morning routine that you love but don’t normally have time for during the day. This will motivate you to get up earlier so you have time for something you love.

Step 5: Create an Evening Routine

Congrats – you have a morning routine, but you’re not done yet.

Getting up feeling motivated and refreshed starts the night before so you need to create an evening routine too.

It doesn’t have to be as detailed as your morning routine, but pick a few activities that will wind you down before bed so you can fall asleep faster. And do a few things that will make your morning easier like setting out your outfit, or packing your lunch.

My evening routine includes a quick 15-minute clean-up, setting out my workout clothes, filling up my water bottle for the morning, and reading for 30-60 minutes.

Decide on the activities you will include in your evening routine that will help you carry out your morning routine.

Two Tips To Help You Get Up

Place your alarm clock across the room!

Yep, it’s as simple as that.

Many people have built a habit of grabbing their phone, pressing snooze, and rolling back over.

So put your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up to shut it off.

Stop using your phone as your alarm!

Another habit people have is shutting their alarm off on their phone and then scrolling through social media for the first half-hour they’re awake.

This not only wastes time but can also affect your mood and mindset for the rest of the day.

Instead, try this alarm clock.

This sunrise alarm clock is my favorite. I got it a couple of years ago and now refuse to use another alarm clock.

The alarm simulates the sunrise in your room. Using it has been life-changing because I get up way before the sunrises (yes even in the summer).

When you set the time for the alarm to go off you also decide what time to start the “sunrise effect”. You can choose to have it start 10-30 minutes before the alarm is set to go off. It will slowly get brighter and brighter throughout that time.

You also have the choice of alarm sounds that aren’t blaring and annoying first thing in the morning. I set mine to have birds chirping as my alarm.

With this sunrise alarm clock across the room, it lights up my whole room gradually to gently wake me up.

Try it for yourself. I will never go back to a regular alarm clock.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you have a morning routine and an evening routine, set your alarm to do your first new morning routine tomorrow.

Start with your evening routine tonight and you should be all set to have an awesome and productive day tomorrow.

Don’t procrastinate until next Monday or next week. There will never be a “better” day than right now.

Set your alarm and start each morning on the right foot with your own personal morning routine.

For more inspiration on morning routines, check out these books:

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

The 5 am Club – Robin Sharma

College Students: I made a morning routine blog post specifically for you. Go check it out!

More Blog Posts on Morning Routines:

The Incredible Magic of Having a Morning Routine

10 Amazing Benefits of Waking Up Early and Having a Morning Routine

How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

20 Morning Routine Ideas that will Make You Want to Get Up

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The Best Way to Start Your Day | 4 Things You Should Do Every Morning

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There are many articles and books that have claimed to have found the best way to start your day. But what they fail to mention is that no one’s morning routine should be the exact same.

In fact, if you copy someone else’s morning routine, you’ll never experiment to find exactly what you actually want and need in the morning. You will also always struggle to get up in the morning because you aren’t actually looking forward to doing someone else’s morning routine.

After many years of studying and testing out the best things you should do in the morning, I’ve come up with 4 categories of things that you should include in your morning routine. Not exact habits to do, but rather categories of habits so you can pick which things you want to do, while still experiencing the benefits of getting up earlier than everyone else.

So without further ado, here is the best way to start your day.

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The Best Way To Start Your Day

The point of having a morning routine is so that you can start the day on your terms. So you can slowly wake up and not feel rushed before the sun even rises.

But when it comes to what exactly should be included in your morning routine, it can be hard to figure out. I’ve come up with 4 categories of things you should do every morning.

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4 Things You Should Do Every Morning

Spend Time In Silence

While many people say that you should meditate in the morning, I find that I can gain the benefits of sitting in silence in other ways too.

You could spend time journaling anything that comes to mind, many of my best ideas have come from a silent room with just me and my journal early in the morning.

Spend time in prayer and/or gratitude. Silently list in your head all the things you’re grateful for and thank God for each and every one of them. Over time this practice can shift your brain to a more positive mindset.

You can also spend time in reflection. Asking yourself a variety of reflection questions without the distraction of our noisy world will stimulate a lot of personal growth.

Try making a point to not play any music or turn on any technology in the first hour of your day. That could even be all the silence you need.


Now I’m not just gonna tell you to do these things without listing why you should include this step in your mornings.

So here are 3 benefits of having a silence practice first thing in the morning:

  • It allows your mind to slowly wake up, rather than being jolted into having to making decisions.
  • Silence stimulates creativity. You’d be surprised how many ideas will come to you in the morning before you’re forced into the noisy world.
  • Silence lowers your blood pressure and calms racing thoughts. Therefore starting your day with little to no stress in your body. You’ll feel relaxed and calm.


5 Benefits of Gratitude Practice

What is Mindset and Why is it Important

The Importance of Self Reflection

Move Your Body

While going to the gym first thing in the morning is very beneficial, it can take up a lot of time.

You can gain the benefits of moving your body in the comfort of your own home in as little as 5 minutes in the morning.

Here are some simple ways to move your body:

  • Stretch your body as you get out of bed
  • Do a 15 minute yoga practice
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood

Or if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could do a quick 15 minute HIIT workout right in your living room. Just do a quick search on youtube to find short but beneficial ways to move your body in the morning.


Moving your body right away in the morning has so many benefits. Here are 3:

  • Leads to better concentration levels throughout the rest of the day
  • Helps fill your lungs with oxygen and increase blood flow throughout the body
  • Helps you wake up faster so you don’t feel groggy throughout the day

Do Something You Love

Before you have to start tackling the tasks that need to get done each day you should make time to do something you love. Be it a hobby or your favorite activity, doing something you enjoy first thing in the morning gives you time to be by yourself before having to do stuff for others.

Think of activities you enjoy doing that you often don’t have time for throughout the day and include some time to do them in the morning.

Maybe you love sewing or knitting; reading or writing stories, or maybe you really enjoy learning and researching different topics that interest you.

Take just 15-30 minutes in the morning, before other people who need you get up, and do something for yourself.

This not only lifts your mood right away in the morning, but you will be able to serve others better because you’re not pouring from an empty cup.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

This is the only thing in the morning that isn’t really a category of options because, honestly, you should really eat a healthy breakfast every morning.

We’ve always heard growing up that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And well, they weren’t lying to you.

You haven’t put anything in your body for 6-8 hours and if you keep your body from food any longer it’s going to be hard for you to stay awake and focus on your work.

You don’t have to make some huge elaborate breakfast, but you should eat something that’s not just a pop-tart for breakfast. Instead, give yourself something with nutritional value.

If you’re worried about not having enough time to make breakfast in the morning, you could make something the night before. There are many pre-made breakfast options, you just have to take the time to research and figure out what you like.

I personally make a huge protein smoothie the night before so all I have to do in the morning is grab it out of the fridge and go.

I’ve also made overnight oats or freezer breakfast sandwiches.

The options are endless. Just make sure it’s something you look forward to eating, otherwise, you’ll skip this step entirely.

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Final Thoughts

If you choose an activity in each of these 4 categories you’ll be on your way to creating a morning routine that not only sets you up for success but that you also love and look forward to every night before you go to bed. Which will, in turn, make it easier for you to get up the next morning.

Plan your morning routine the night before and lay out everything you might need so that you’re brain doesn’t have to do much of the decision-making so early in the morning.

Have fun creating your very own morning routine specific to you because that’s the best way to start your day.

What are you going to include in your morning routine? Share with us the comments below.

More Blog Posts on Morning Routines:

10 Amazing Benefits of Waking Up Early and Having a Morning Routine

How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

The Incredible Magic of Having a Morning Routine

How to Create a Morning Routine and Stick To It

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10 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

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I think we all know that one person that always seems to be getting so much done, and crushing goals each and every day. How can we be more like them, we often ask ourselves. What if I told you the secret was just some simple daily habits?

We are always striving to be more productive each and every day. I mean we only have 24 hours in a day, so we should try to make the most of it.

I recently took to the internet to find some of the best daily habits of highly productive people. After all, habits and routines, when formed properly, can help us cut back on so much wasted time. Therefore getting more done in less time.

So without further ado, let’s get to those 10 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

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The 10 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

1. Have a Consistent Morning Routine

Having a morning routine is crucial for a successful and productive day.

Use your morning routine to start your day on a positive, productive note.

First, try getting up a little earlier than usual, and use this time to take care of yourself. Grab a cup of coffee, meditate, do some yoga, and make yourself a healthy breakfast.

Have a nice slow and relaxing morning so you don’t feel stressed or rushed first thing. That will not benefit you at all for the rest of the day.

By setting up a consistent morning routine, you don’t have to waste time figuring out what to do during the first few hours of your day. Plus, you’ll be all set to start your productive workday right after.

Related: How to Create a Morning Routine for a Super Productive Day

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2. “Eat the Frog”

Eat a live frog, first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.’  – Mark Twain

The most productive people ‘eat the frog’ first thing in the morning (after their morning routine, of course). Brian Tracy introduced this theory in his book “Eat That Frog”.

He says that by doing your most important task first thing, the rest of the day will flow easily, and you’re less likely to push off the job until tomorrow.

Ask yourself “If I can only get one thing done today, what would that thing be?”, and make that the first thing you do.

If you cross off the most important task on your to-do list first thing, you’ll naturally reach a higher level of productivity for the day.

3. Eliminate Distractions

Over time, you’ll come to know what things can easily distract you from your work.

Highly productive people know what distracts them and make it a point to eliminate the distractions.

For example, if you are easily distracted by notifications on your phone, put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode while you are working.

Or if you get distracted by different sights around you, sit facing a blank wall why you are working.

Find a way to eliminate the distractions and you are golden.

Related: How to Stop Wasting Your Time

4. Take Regular Breaks

What?! Taking breaks can make you more productive?! 

Yep, that’s right. Sometimes taking a break is all you need to get back into a productive and focused state.

I recommend trying out the Pomodoro Method, where you focus on work for 25 minutes, and then take a 5-minute break.

You can save those breaks for things like checking social media, getting up and stretching, or answering a text message. This will help eliminate the possibility of getting distracted during your work time.

Related: What is the Pomodoro Technique and How to Use it for Optimal Productivity

5. Don’t Multitask

I hate to break it to you, but multitasking does not benefit your productivity at all. In fact, it actually significantly slows you down.

You may think you are getting more done, but instead, by switching between multiple different tasks you are hindering your cognitive process. Meaning you aren’t able to truly focus on the tasks at hand. Multitasking causes you to slow down and lose focus easier.

The most productive people will spend a only few hours on one task. This allows for a deeper concentration, therefore producing the best possible results.

If you try to do multiple things at once, you won’t be able to do them as well as you could have if you spent some dedicated time on just one task at a time.

Focusing on one task at a time will significantly improve your productivity.

6. Have a Clear Focus

I think we are all guilty of trying to get work done while we have 20+ tabs open on our computer. Not only will our computer run slower, but you’ll waste tons of time trying to find the tab that you actually need.

Every time you sit down to work on a task, have a clear focus and goals set for that period of time and close out any tabs that you aren’t going to use.

Let’s stop bouncing from tab to tab, only to find that 3 hours later, the goal we set that day had not even been started.

7. Have an Organized Work Area

A clean and organized work area will not only help eliminate distractions, but also eliminate the time you spend trying to find things.

Make sure to organize your desk so you know where everything is that you need during the day. Declutter and throw out anything that you don’t need in your work area and organize anything that you may need throughout the day so you can easily find it.

Be sure to have a designated spot for everything. 

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8. Take Care of Yourself

You simply can’t pour from an empty cup – it’s just not possible.

If you aren’t taking care of yourself first, you won’t be able to concentrate or help anybody else as well, or as effectively as you should.

Make sure you are taking some time for some self care. Get enough sleep, get regular exercise, and eat healthy meals.

When you take care of yourself, you will not only feel better overall, but you’ll get more stuff done.

Related: Self Care 101 | What is Self Care and Why it’s Important

9. Plan the Night Before

Productive people make sure their calendars and workspaces are already set and waiting for them the next morning.

Before you finish your workday and close your laptop, take the extra 10 minutes to go through your schedule for the next day. Maybe even time block your important tasks or projects for tomorrow into your calendar.

You could also quickly clean up your workspace by putting everything away and closing out all the tabs on your computer.

The next day, you’ll come to a clean space that’s all ready for you to begin your first task.

10. Take Time for Self-Reflection

If you don’t reflect on your days you’ll never realize what you may need to improve on. 

At the end of every day, do a quick daily self-reflection. Acknowledge what went well that day and what could have gone better. Learn from your mistakes and make changes to help improve your strategy for next time.

Then at the end of the week and month do a bigger self-reflection to help you refocus your goals and set the tone for the next week or month.

Check out my blog posts on those topics below.

How to do a Weekly Review | 10 Weekly Self-Reflection Questions

How to do a Monthly Reflection | 15 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Final Thoughts

After reading this list, I hope you realize that you can’t just snap your fingers and instantly become more productive overnight.

Try picking out 1-3 of the daily habits listed above and start implementing them into your daily routine. Then after a few weeks, take some time to reflect on how your productivity levels increased with those new habits.

Discover what works best for you and start crossing things off your to-do list even faster than you ever thought possible.

What daily habits have you implemented that help you increase your productivity? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 Amazing Benefits of Waking Up Early and Having a Morning Routine

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Ever since I established a morning routine and started waking up earlier, my life has changed. It’s amazing the benefits of waking up early can do for your morning routine, daily productivity, and your mindset.

I wasn’t always an early morning person. In fact, I was that kid in high school that would wake up just in time to get dressed and grab breakfast on my way out the door. I would rather hit my snooze button around 5-10 times before actually getting up.

But then at some point in college, I realized I needed to actually be awake in my 8 am classes or I wouldn’t pass. I needed to also be motivated to actually pay attention in class too.

Most mornings I would hit snooze until the last possible moment and feel groggy and unmotivated throughout the day.

Over time I discovered the amazing benefits of waking up early and having a morning routine. I also learned that many successful people are early risers.

In this blog post, I am going to share the amazing benefits I have discovered with waking up earlier and having a morning routine.

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What is a Morning Routine

From the very moment you get up your mind is going crazy thinking of all the things you have to do that day. 

Having a morning routine allows you to slowly wake up while doing the same tasks first thing every morning. These things don’t require as much brainpower.

Plus you can use that time for some morning self care.

Morning Routine Tips

Before I dive into the benefits of being an earlier riser, here are some other morning routine-related posts that you might find helpful when planning your morning routine.

How to Create a Morning Routine for a Super Productive Day

20 Morning Routine Ideas that will Make You Want to Get Up

How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

10 Smart Things to Include in Your Bedtime Routine for an Easier Morning

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10 Benefits of Waking Up Earlier

1. Better Prepares Yourself for the Rest of the Day

How you spend your morning affects how the rest of the day will go. If you jump out of bed feeling rushed or late, you’re more likely to feel anxious the rest of the day.

By getting up just a little bit earlier, you can take the time to slowly wake up and set your intention for the day.

2. Increases Your Productivity

If you wake up before everyone else, you are less likely to be distracted by texts and emails. Instead, you can get straight to work on your most important task for the day and you’ll have more time to work on it too.

3. Lowers Your Stress Level

When you take the time to start your days slowly and with intention, you’re less likely to feel stressed, anxious, or rushed later on in the day.

4. Boosts Your Morning Energy Levels

The reason many people dislike mornings is because their energy levels are lower in the morning. 

By getting up earlier, you’ll have time to do an activity that could increase those energy levels, like going for a walk, a run, doing a workout, meditating, or taking a cold shower.

5. You are Taking Care of Yourself First

My morning routine has become a dedicated time for self care. With a few extra minutes in the morning, you could make sure you’re starting your morning by first filling your cup.

Related: 20 Self Care Activities that Won’t Break the Bank

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6. Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle

If you get up early, even by just 30 minutes, you’d have time to do a quick workout or make a healthy breakfast.

This way you can refuel your body first thing so you’re ready to tackle the day.

7. You Become More Mindful

By waking up before everyone else in your house, there are fewer distractions. This means you can have a few minutes to do something mindful like quietly journaling or meditating.

8. You are a More Happier and Positive Person

Have you ever met a morning person? Have you noticed they always seem to be so happy before noon?

That’s because they had time to do something they enjoy doing in the morning.

When you wake up earlier, you are more likely to accomplish more, work on your personal development, and you can spend some time doing things you love.

9. You Crush Your Goals

People who wake up early in the morning are often the ones who set and accomplish more goals. Why? Because they have more time to do so.

They wake up early feeling motivated to tackle their goals first thing every morning.

I mean what else are you gonna do with that extra hour every morning.

You need a reason to get up earlier after all.

10. You Build Better Self-Discipline

Building habits is a lot of work, especially one that requires getting out of your warm bed when it’s still dark outside.

It takes a lot of self discipline to not hit that snooze button and get up before everyone else.

It will take some time for your body to adjust to getting up earlier. But if you fight through and build that habit, you’ll also be building that self-discipline skill that you can use in other areas of your life.

Related: How to Build Self-Discipline for Success

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Final Thoughts

Waking up before everyone else, including the sun, isn’t easy at first. But over time you’ll come to reap the benefits above just like every other morning person.

You’ll also have so much more time to work on your own goals and aspirations.

Really, building the discipline to get up earlier is one of the first things I recommend when starting your personal development journey, because of all the extra time you gain during a day.

Start waking up earlier and begin creating the life of your dreams.

Which benefit of waking up early is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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What Is A Routine? Why Are Routines Important?

When you were a kid, your parents probably set up so many different routines for you because they were told that kids thrive off of routines. You had a routine for everything: when to wake up and brush your teeth, when to take a nap, and when to start winding down for bed. We are always told that routines are very important for children, but what about adults?

Well, guess what, routines are just as important for you as an adult. I mean how often do you find yourself “just winging it” during a workday, or getting little to nothing on your to-do list done. That happens because you didn’t set yourself up for success with a routine.

Let’s discuss what is a routine and why they are important.

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What is a Routine?

A routine is a set of actions (or one action) that are done regularly. A routine can be as simple as picking up your kid from school at 3p Monday through Friday. Or as complex as an hour-long morning routine including reading 10 pages, journaling for 10 minutes, meditating, eating breakfast, shower, and get dress.

A routine can be repeated monthly, weekly, daily, or even hourly. The main idea is that it helps keep you organized, productive, and focused on your short and long-term goals.

But hold on, aren’t habits kinda the same thing? No, not exactly.

What is the difference between a habit and a routine?

While habits and routines sound like the same thing, they are not exactly interchangeable. Habits are behaviors that rely on cues. For example, when you go to the bathroom you have a habit of washing your habits right after. Or if you feel stressed, you develop a habit of smoking.

A routine, on the other hand, is time-based and is more focused on intention. Usually with a routine, you are setting out to achieve something. For example, your morning routine starts at 6 am so you can get to work on time.

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Why Are Routines Important?

Now that you know what a routine is and the difference between a habit and a routine, let’s actually discuss why routines are important to have in our daily lives.

While having a routine may sound boring or strict, routines can actually lead you on a path to freedom, productivity, and happiness.

Here are 7 reasons why routines are important:

1. Makes you more productive

When you follow a routine every day, you basically have an already made schedule that plans out your day. When you have a plan for your day, you waste less time. And when you stop wasting time, you are more productive and efficient.

Having a routine cuts out the time it takes to make decisions because you already know what to do next.

Related: How to Time Block Your Whole Week

2. Reduces your need to plan

When you design a set routine to follow, you no longer have to plan out your activities every morning or budget your time every day. There is less guesswork in your day.

Having a routine means less stress about trying to figure out what you are doing every day. For example, you wake up every morning and start your day by doing your top 3 things, instead of waking up feeling unsure about your tasks that need to be accomplished.

Creating routines allows you to wake up and ‘do’ instead of wake up and ‘plan’.

3. Creates structure in your life

Having structure in your life doesn’t mean it’s boring and limited. Instead, see the structure of your routine as a way to logically sequence out your life.

Once you are more familiar with your repetitive routines, you will feel more comfortable because you will know what you need to do every day.

4. Saves time

Time is precious and every minute you waste will never be able to get back. By following a routine, you free up time that would have been spent on planning, decision-making, and preparation. Routines help predetermine your schedule, so therefore you are using your time more effectively.

5. Helps you prioritize

When you are creating a routine, you start prioritizing what is most important to you. You make sure there is enough time in your routine to get it done.

With a routine, you wake up every day knowing exactly what needs to get done, and then by the end of the day, you’ll feel accomplished because your most important things got done.

6. Helps you achieve goals

Goals are rarely achieved all at once. Instead, they are accomplished after you do something over and over again. Having a daily routine that is congruent to your goals helps you build the repetition you need to achieve them.

7. Helps instill good habits and break bad habits

The key to building good habits is consistent repetition. As you repeat a routine so many times, the behaviors within that routine become habits. Following a routine allows you to foster habits that get you closer to achieving your goals.

A routine can also help you destroy bad habits that aren’t serving you. Try to slowly replace your bad habits in your routines with good ones through repetition.

These are just a few positive benefits of having routines set in place. There are many more but these are, in my opinion, the top reasons why having a routine is important.

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How to Create a Routine for Success

Now that you know the many benefits of having a routine, I’m going to walk you through some simple steps to help you create a routine to set up your days for success.

1. Determine what needs to be in your routine

Maybe you want to get more exercise or more journal time? Start by prioritizing what is important to you.

2. Start small

Start by making a few small routines for just the next week. You can build onto it later. Then schedule your routine like an appointment on your calendar.

3. Be consistent with your time

A routine, as we discussed before, is mainly time-based. Getting consistent with when your routines start right away will make it easier to stick to them over the long run.

4. Be prepared

When planning out your new routine, make sure you have everything you need for the routine to be successful. This will make it easier to start the routines on time.

5. Make it fun

Getting into a new routine won’t be easy so in order to keep yourself motivated, you need to find ways to make it fun. If you are enjoying the new routine, you’ll have a harder time finding excuses to abandon it.

This is just a simple step-by-step way to create a new routine. Check back in a few weeks for a more detailed guide to create a daily routine.

The Top 3 Routines You Should Have

There are many different routines you could establish in your life, from a morning routine to a fitness routine to a skincare routine, the ideas are endless. However, in my opinion, these are the top 3 routines I believe you should have.

1. A Morning Routine

A morning routine is the most important routine to implement. Starting your day off right can set the tone for the rest of your day. A great morning will make it so much easier to handle the different things life may through at you throughout the day.

Even if you’re not a morning person, there are a few things that you can do in the morning to set you up for a great day:

  • Drink a glass of water first thing
  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for
  • Meditate for 5 minutes
  • Read a self-help book

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2. A Bedtime Routine

Paired with the morning routine, a bedtime routine can really help you wind down after a long day and can help set you up for the next morning. Finishing the day off right can also help you sleep better.

A bedtime routine doesn’t have to be super complex, here are just a few habits:

  • Put the phone away an hour before bed
  • Prepare for tomorrow (set out clothes, plan meals, etc.)
  • Plan your next day to-dos
  • Read

For more ideas to set up your bedtime routine, check out this blog post: 10 Smart Things to Include in Your Bedtime Routine for an Easier Morning

3. A Daily Routine

Believe it or not, you probably already have a daily routine. You know exactly when to start driving to work so you’re not late and when you get to leave work. But these are mostly things you just do because you have to.

Instead, try creating a daily routine that supports your priorities and gets you closer to achieving your goals every day. Plan it into your schedule and you’ll become more productive, efficient, and prepared.

Final Thoughts on Routines

Establishing different routines in your life is very important for your success. Without a plan to succeed you will never reach your goals.

Make sure you are setting up routines that will get you results. You will not survive on just “winging it”.

What routine do you have that is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit

Are you a snooze-aholic? Want to how to stop hitting snooze every morning?

Hitting the snooze button every morning is a habit whether we like it or not. At some point in your life, this action became part of your morning routine.

Well now it’s time to change that.

In this article I will be giving you my best tips for how I avoid hitting the snooze button every morning and how you can too!

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5 Tips for Not Hitting the Snooze Button

Go to Bed Earlier

Yeah I know I know. You probably here this all the time, but it’s true.

Going to bed even just 15 minutes earlier could be exactly what you need to feel refreshed when that alarm goes off. And if you actually feel more rested when your alarm goes off, you’re less likely to hit the snooze button.

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Place Your Alarm Across the Room

The best tip I can give you is to make it physically difficult to hit the snooze button. When hitting snooze becomes a habit, some people eventually learn to do it in their sleep and we don’t want that.

The best way to afford hitting snooze subconsciously is to make yourself physically get out of bed to shut if off.

Wake up to the sunrise

Or rather the fake sunrise.

Bright lights send signals to the brain to stop the flow of meletonin. This helps you wake up and stay awake.

The best way I’ve found to combat this is my Sunrise Alarm Clock.

This alarm clock has been a game changer for me. It gives off a light that simulates the sun rising in your room which will help you gentle wake up. You can set the sunrise simulation light to start 10-30 minutes before your actual wake up time. During this time it will slowly get brighter and brighter, just like an actual sunrise.

This particular sunrise alarm clock has 7 nature sounds for your alarm so you don’t have that annoying blaring sound every morning.

Set Your Coffee on a Timer

If you are a coffee drinker, set your coffee maker to start brewing just before your alarm goes off. Not only can coffee be your reward for not hitting snooze but the smell of coffee can actually wake you up if your room is close to the kitchen.

Count Down from 10 and Then Get Up

This tip can help build the self-discipline you need to get up and stay up.

Particularly in the morning you can feel unmotivated to get up, so when you do, count down from ten and then force yourself up.

The quick countdown can help you shift into the right mindset to get you motivated to start moving.

Some times all we need is a little push to get us going and this tip can be just that.

Related: How to Build Self-Discipline

Final Thoughts

Stay determined my friend!

You have a goal to stop hitting snooze so start by trying just one of these tips tomorrow and see how you do.

Let me know in the comments which tip helped you most.


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How to Build New Habits with these 8 Simple Steps

Did you know that habits account for about 40% of our behaviors every day? Yep it’s true.

Activities like brushing your teeth before bed and washing your hands after you use the bathroom are habits, whether you think them to be or not.

These habits were taught to you, most likely, when you were young. Your parents would remind you every night before bed to brush your teeth and eventually you did it without the reminder because it became a habit attached to going to bed.

Understanding how to build a new habit (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and can help you on your personal development journey.

I have created this guide to help you learn how to build a new habit in any area of your life.

So let’s get started forming new habits so you can use them to reach your goals.

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What Are Habits?

Before we go any further, let’s define what a habit actually is.

Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day.

Your life today is basically the sum of your habits. How healthy you are, how happy or unhappy you are, how in shape or out of shape you are, and how successful or unsuccessful you are. All of these are a result of your habits.

When you repeatedly do something it forms who you are, what you believe, and the personalities you develop. Anything you want to improve in your life, or any goals you want to achieve, start with building better habits.

“When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.” – James Clear (Author of “Atomic Habits“)

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The 8 Steps to Build New Habits

1. Focus on just ONE New Habit

When you’re trying to make a change in your life, like starting a new habit, it can be overwhelming to your brain. Your brain hates change.

So the best way to go about making a change in your life is to implement one habit at a time so it’s not too overwhelming.

Work on building your self-discipline in just this one habit.

Most people who try to add to many new things to their life at once, won’t succeed at any of them because their brain becomes too overwhelmed.

Just take it easy.

2. Commit to the New Habit for at least 30 Days

Some people will say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Others will say it can take up to 66 days.

Well sorry to break it to you, but the length of time it takes to build a habit will vary from person to person and habit to habit.

You will find that some habits may be easy to build why others require a lot more effort.

Knowing this, I would suggest you start with committing to a specific habit for 30 days (one month).

During these 30 days, your entire life should be structured around finding time every day to accomplish this habit.

3. Attach Your New Habit to an Already Established Habit

One of the best ways to start building a new habit is to attach it to a current habit you already do every day. This concept is known as Habit Stacking and was created by BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits.

The habit stacking formula goes like this “After I (current habit), I will (new habit).”

For example:

  • After I pour my cup of coffee, I will meditate on the couch for 1 minute.
  • After I finish eating dinner, I will clean up the kitchen.
  • After I climb into bed, I will think of 5 things I am grateful for today.

You get the idea. Just find something you already do every day and anchor it with the new habit.

4. Start Small (The Two-Minute Rule)

When you get excited about making a change in your life, it can be easy to start too big. The most effective way to combat this tendency is to use the Two-Minute Rule.

The Two-Minute Rule in basic terms says, “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”

Here’s some examples:

  • “Reading before bed” → “read one page”
  • “Do a 30-minute workout” → “change into workout clothes”
  • “Study for class” → “open my notes”
  • “Run 3 miles” → “Tie my running shoes”

Basically, you want to make the new habit as easy as possible to start. The idea is that once you start doing the right thing, it is much easier to continue doing it.

If you put on your workout clothes, you might as well get a work out in while your at it.

Focus on the small wins while you build new habits.

5. Make a Plan for Obstacles

Every new habit will have obstacles that will get in your way. If you know in advance what your obstacles are, you can take action to make sure you are ready to overcome them when needed.

Some examples of common obstacles:

  • Time
  • Pain
  • Weather
  • Space
  • Costs

Prepare and anticipate that these obstacles will pop up.

One of the best ways to do this is by doing “If-Then Planning”. So if an obstacle comes up, you know what to do instead.

Some examples:

  • If it’s raining, then I will workout inside instead.”
  • If I run out of time for my project at the end of the day, then I will start waking up 30 minutes earlier to work on it.”
  • If I’m tired and don’t feel like working out, then I will just go on a short walk around the block.”

6. Create Accountability

According to the Hawthorne Effect, you’re more likely to follow through with a goal or new habit if you are being observed by others. Because of this, it’s a good idea to create some sort of accountability.

Often the most effective way is to get an accountability partner. Tell someone that you are working on a new commitment and ask them to check-in. An accountability partner can be a co-worker, friend, significant other, parent, etc. Just make sure that whoever you pick will actually keep you accountable or it won’t actually help you.

Another way you can create accountability is by using a habit tracker. Print out this habit tracker I created below and tape it up somewhere you’ll see it every day as a reminder to stick to your habits. The simple act of checking something off can create great motivation to stick to it.

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7. Use Reinforcements and Reward Yourself

Your new habit doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, we are more likely to repeat the new behavior if we enjoy it. That’s why rewarding yourself is an important part of habit building.

James Clear in his book “Atomic Habits” calls this using reinforcements. It “refers to the process of using an immediate reward to increase the rate of the behavior.”

Find a reward that you can link to your new habit, that way you’ll actually look forward to completing the habit.

A reinforcement, or reward, that I use is coffee. If I don’t hit the snooze button and get up right away I’m allowed to make a delicious cup of coffee using my french press. So immediately after I shut my alarm off and get up without hitting snooze (the habit) I go to the kitchen and start boiling water for my coffee.

This small reward reinforces my want to complete the habit every day.

8. Never Miss Twice

My last tip for you to help you build new habits, is to never miss twice. Life will get in the way sometimes. You might feel sick one day or have a full day of travel another day, and forget to complete your habit. But don’t let that get you down, get back on track as fast as you can.

The most successful people make mistakes and get off track just like everyone else. But the difference is that they get back on track towards their goals as quickly as possible.

You don’t need to be perfect to build a habit, just make sure you stay consistent. Never let your habit tracker show two empty days in a row.

Build Your New Identity

You can only get so far when repeating a daily habit. You can do a lot by starting small and committing to the habit for 30 days while slowly increasing the effort over time.

But at some point, it has to go from doing it every day to being apart of your core identity. Only then will you be able to stick to the habit without needing reinforcements or accountability.

The best way to build a lasting habit is by making it reflect who you are on the inside. Basically, you need to believe that the habit you are forming is a part of what makes you a unique person.

This is a big topic in James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits“, he calls this Identity-Based Habits. And he emphasizes the fact that most goals and habits are centered on a specific outcome.

Because of this, it’s better to decide that the habit is already a part of your identity and that each “small win” is a demonstration of who you really are.

This all starts with a shift in your mindset.

James uses the example that you shouldn’t say “I’m trying to quit smoking” or “I’m not a morning person” but instead say something like “I’m not a smoker” or “I am the type of person that gets up early every morning”.

Saying these things to yourself reinforce the new behavior that you are trying to build.

Try saying these types of reinforcements every day and then follow it by doing that habit and eventually, your identity will match your daily routine.

Final Thoughts on How to Build New Habits

So really, after all that, forming a new habit doesn’t have to be that hard. The secret is to relate the new habit to an important goal and reinforce it with your new identity. Make a commitment to work on your new identity every day with a daily habit and you’ll be on your way to a live full of success.

Not sure what new habits you want to start building? Check out this blog post for 29 New Habits to Start this Year.

What new habit are you working on this year? And what challenges have you faced? Let me know in the comments!

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