How to create positive habits that actually stick, to improve your life.
I love learning.
Just last week I published “Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online”.
I’m a college student. I read daily. I’m taking a course at Codecademy. I’m constantly involved in military education.
Obviously, I’m a big fan of continued education.
The problem is when we let the process trump the outcome.
When you’re reading productivity articles, you don’t want vague ideas, you want actionable steps that you can take to literally increase your productivity today. You want practical, applicable tips.
I’ve tried my best to make this blog full of actionable tips you can apply to every day of your life.
This article may be the most actionable of them all.
Here are 10 of the most important actions you can take right now, today, to increase your productivity by leaps and bounds…
(You can click each point for more on that topic)
A habit isn’t bad or good on its own.
Positive habits are an absolute must for success in your health, finances…basically everything.
But negative habits, or bad habits, can combat your positive habits.
In fact, eliminating negative habits can be much more effective than starting new positive habits and often, it’s easier to break a bad habit than it is to stick with a new good habit.
The truth is, you need good habits in your life, but let’s break the bad ones first…
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the most important element of your productivity.
I talked about how energy is the foundation of your productivity. Without energy, you’re not going to do much at all.
Exercise is a big part of that. But a bigger piece of the energy puzzle is your diet.
How are your eating habits? Do they promote energy or diminish it?
If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start eating better, I’ve got good news! It doesn’t have to be difficult and torturous. It’s actually quite simple. If you take it slowly.
Here are 5 ways to gradually adopt healthy eating habits over time…
I just released the top 75 books on personal finance and it was insanely popular.
Now it’s time for the “best of the best” productivity list. Yes, that’s a total of 150 books I’m recommending. I hope your to-read list is growing! I’m here to help with that.
I’ve been reading on productivity for years. Just like with personal finance, I’ve read some amazing books and some…not so amazing books.
I’ve decided to leave the not-so-amazing books out off the list. You’re welcome.
These books are not just the best books I have ever read on productivity; they are books that have changed my outlook (for the better) and helped me to achieve things I never would have believed I could do. Prepare to seriously become more productive…
From Warren Buffett to Oprah Winfrey, there are some common traits in the habits of the richest people in the world.
And I’m not talking about the habit of inheriting a lot of money.
That seems to be one of the main reasons people think they can’t become wealthy. They think that the rich come from rich families and they never had to work for anything in their life.
Not true. At all. In fact, most of the richest people either work or have worked harder than any of us and that’s exactly why they are where they are.
As you’re about to see, 68% of the 400 Americans on the Forbes 2013 “billionaires list” are considered “self-made” billionaires. Meaning they built, rather than inherited their fortune.
That doesn’t really tie in to the belief that the rich didn’t work for their money. Of course, as we all know, the point is to make your money work for you, but sometimes that takes work in itself!
Let’s see what we can learn from the habits of the wealthiest people in the world…
Do you have “your” chair? Your favorite spot?
A recliner, a rocking chair…the porcelain throne…
I realized that I was spending hours each month sitting in my favorite chair and using my time doing practically nothing.
So what did I do? I literally just moved the current book I was reading from the end table across the room to the shelf right beside my favorite chair.
The results? I read 5 more books last month than I planned to.
I realized that reaching reading goals has a lot to do with your environment and you have control over that.
Here’s how you can read more books by controlling your environment…
When my wife and I first got married, I was lazy…I mean really lazy.
It wasn’t just that I didn’t wash dishes or do laundry…I didn’t even take my dishes to the kitchen and my laundry piled up on my floor.
It wasn’t that I was busy, I was just lazy. You know the drill: TV, video games, internet, repeat.
Now, I work full time for the military, run 15 miles per week, lift weights 5 hours per week, write for an hour each day and still manage to help my wife with the dishes and the laundry. Did I mention we are a family of 6 and family time is also very important to us?
So, what changed? Did the military instill this discipline in my life? Not really…