Our habits play a major role in the outcomes we produce. Many of us have unproductive and damaging habits. These habits often keep us from creating the results that we would prefer.

This article will list 5 great habits that you can adopt to produce better results. I must forewarn you, these are not going to sound fun to most of you. It will require effort and discipline to build these habits.

If you want to change your life, adopting these habits is a great place to start.

  1. Wake up early. Waking up early is something every successful person does. The earlier you get up, the more time you have to do the things you need to do. It sets you up for a more productive day. If you are sleeping in every day, you’re wasting some solid hours with which you could get things done. A simple trick to waking up early is to set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier every day than it was the day before. So if you woke up at noon today, set your alarm for 11:45 tomorrow, 11:30 the next day and so on. It’s a simple tool and creates a manageable transition, but most importantly, it’s effective.
  2. Exercise every day. Exercise is great for you no matter what way you look at it. Not only does exercise improve your physical health and strength, it improves your mental health. It increases your confidence, gives you more energy and vigor and it helps you look better doing it! It’s an all around winner. If you’re not exercising at all right now, start small. Go for a walk. Do some push-ups. Get the blood pumping in any way you can.
  3. Eat healthy foods. These all sort of tie-in together. Food is one of the most important staples to a healthy life. Be conscious about what you put in your body. The good news is, when you start to work-out you’ll start to crave healthier foods. And the healthier you eat, the more apt you will be to exercise. Nobody eats a Big Mac and then feels like running a marathon. Eat foods that fuel your energy. Avoid foods that sap your strength.
  4. Read. Pick up a book. Start reading. It’s a great way to learn and it’s good for the brain. Again, start small. Read for an hour a day. Read a chapter a day. Don’t push yourself too far too fast. Avoid the T.V. Pick up a book instead.
  5. Do something you love. I saved the best for last. You need to do something you love to do every day. Set aside an hour a day for an activity that you enjoy more than anything. Ideally, this activity will be productive in some way.  For me, it’s writing. I love to do it and it is a healthy activity. If your activity ties in to any of the other great habits, hallelujah. You’re ahead of the game. We have to allow ourselves some time every day to do something we love. Why wouldn’t you? You get up early. You exercise. You eat right. You read. You deserve to have some fun.

Remember to start small. I recommend picking one habit and starting to build that one. Don’t try to adopt these all at once. Start with one, adopt it, master it, and move on to the next one.

If you push yourself too far too fast you will likely revert back to your old habits. Build each one slowly and surely. Make sure you have built a stable and sufficient habit before moving on to the next one.

I understand that most of these are not news. You’ve heard them before. But the truth is, they work. You may have heard them before and still haven’t tried them. You may not have tried them because you’ve heard them before. I promise you, if you put in some effort, they will work for you.

I urge you to take on one of these habits. See how developing a healthy habit makes you feel about yourself. I guarantee that if you stick with it, you won’t regret it.


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