I’ve always considered myself to be a creature of habit, and I firmly believe that your daily habits shape who you are and have the power to improve your life.
I’m really passionate about this subject because so many people are stuck in a cycle of frustration as they struggle to achieve the life they desire. But I always said that the secret to success hides in the small things that you consistently do every day.
Today I’m going to share with you what I think are 7 great daily habits that will change your life.
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What is a habit?
Let’s start with the basics and talk about what habits are.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, a habit is “something that you do often and regularly, sometimes without knowing that you are doing it”.
I really like this definition, especially the last part that says that sometimes you don’t even realize you’re doing it. Of course, this goes for good and bad habits, but today I want to focus on the good ones.
The goal you should have when working on your daily habits is that by the time you’ve worked on them consistently for about 30 days, you should start doing them automatically.
That will be incredibly helpful as it will require you to put less effort and thought into it, as you’ll have incorporated it into your life as a natural process.
7 daily habits that will change your life
The reason why so many people don’t feel happy about their life is that they haven’t been intentional about it.
We all get busy and overwhelmed with our day-to-day, and we all have dreams and goals we want to achieve, but then life gets in the way.
That’s why I believe that daily habits are essential not just to keep our sanity but to help us build a fulfilled life.
Of course, whatever habits you choose to implement in your day, need to be aligned with your main goals.
If your goal is to be healthier, then your daily habits should focus on eating well, staying hydrated, moving your body, etc.
If your goal is to grow your blog, then your daily habits should involve reaching out to other creators, writing good quality content, checking in on Facebook groups, etc.
I’m now going to share with you 7 daily habits that I think should be adopted no matter the specific goals you have.
These will help you improve the quality of your life and be more mindful of your days.
1. Start the day early
This has to be the first daily habit because I think it has HUGE benefits.
Even if you’re not a morning person (which I’m not, by the way), I still think you should give this a go.
The main reason is that it’s not beneficial for you to wake up and jump straight into a busy day.
You want to start the day with ease, taking in the blessing of a new day and assessing what will have priority each day.
I wrote a blog post about my morning routine here, so check it out!
2. Do a morning stretch
This can be incorporated into your morning routine, but you can do it on its own if you only have 5 minutes to spare.
It’s actually something I’ve recently started to implement in my life, and it’s given me a great energy boost.
Especially as I work from home full-time, I can be at my desk for hours without stretching my legs, which isn’t healthy.
So I’ve now started doing a quick 5-minute morning stretch just before I start work, and I feel more energized and productive!
3. Read one chapter a day
Reading is such a great way to invest some of your time.
I’m a big believer in seeing learning as a lifelong process, but it’s not always about learning something new. If all you want to do sometimes is get lost in a great fiction book, that’s perfectly fine!
Do what works for you, as long as you’re intentional with making reading a daily habit for yourself. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
4. Spend time outside
Spending time outdoors has such incredible benefits for our mental and physical health!
I know very well that it can be difficult to implement if you work from home, but especially during a nice day, I think you should make the effort to go outside.
Even just half an hour will help you take a break from work, get distracted and give your brain some rest, and move your body, which is very important.
5. Record moments of your daily life
Although I’m a big fan of journaling, I have to admit that this is probably one of the daily habits I struggle with the most.
I have a paper journal where I try to write once a week, but I realized that it’s important to also record small daily moments, and sometimes my big paper journal isn’t very practical.
So I’ve started using the 5-minute journal app in the morning and evening, and I’m loving it!
Journaling has incredible benefits for our mental health and it’s extremely therapeutic, so I recommend you start implementing this daily habit into your life.
I’ve written an entire blog post about journal apps, so you can have a look if you’d like to learn more about them.
6. Keep yourself active
I don’t know about you, but exercising is definitely not one of my favorite activities.
However, because I know how important it is for my body and mind, I try to exercise at least three times a week.
If you’re like me, you might need a lot of motivation to bring yourself to do it, and it might help to switch things up every day to avoid getting bored.
You can do a strength workout, a pilates class, go for a walk or have a cardio session.
Whatever you choose to do, try to make staying active a daily habit in your life.
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7. Be intentional about your evenings
This is extremely underestimated, but your evenings are an important part of your day, and you should treat them as such!
I don’t judge anyone for bingeing the latest Netflix show; sometimes that’s all I’m in the mood to do and it’s absolutely fine.
However, I think that if we really want to improve our lives, our habits need to reflect that.
Instead of watching TV every day, you could spend some time reading, having a quiet reflection, having some pampering sessions, planning the next day, or working on a passion project.
The most important thing is that you try and get off the screens 1 hour before heading to bed to ensure you prepare yourself for a good quality of sleep.
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How to build a habit
Building a habit takes time and consistency, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results straight away.
I have a few recommendations when it comes to setting and building daily habits:
- Start small, with only one habit at a time. Once you’ve mastered that, add a new one and keep going until you’ve reached your desired outcome.
- Use a habit tracker. If you’re a visual person, I absolutely recommend this as it will help you to see the progress you’ve made and will boost your motivation to keep going.
- Have an accountability partner. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help from a trusted friend. You can ask someone to check in on your progress weekly, give you a call to help you get on with your habits, or even work on the same habits with you to challenge yourself.
- Use helpful resources. There are so many useful resources out there, and one I’d definitely recommend is Atomic habits. This book is so practical, and so easy to read, that it will make working on your habits a lot easier.
Final thoughts on 7 daily habits to improve your life
I hope you’ve found the tips in this post useful. As I’ve mentioned before, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see results straight away; and even if some days aren’t as good as others, keep going.
You’re working on becoming the best version of yourself, and implementing daily habits consistently will help you to achieve that.
QUESTION: Can you add more of these daily habits that will change your life?
More About the Author
Benedetta is a multi-passionate blogger and founder of The Planning Geek. She loves planning and organizing her life, and helping other women to organize their life and business for success. In her free time, you can find her by the beach (or the park when in London), reading a good book, or exploring new restaurants and trying new delicious food. You can find her blog at theplanninggeek.com, on Instagram, and on Pinterest.
Love these habits. I always try to start my day off with a cup of coffee and a little bit of meditation!
Tameka H. says
Its so crazy how underestimated stretching to start your day is. These are some excellent tips!
Neely Moldovan says
I truly believe that starting your day early does change your life! I know I am so much more productive first thing.
Autumn Murray says
I am always looking for ways to make my days more productive. Will try these out and hope for the best results!