HABITS TO FOLLOW

. Wake up early – This is the best thing you can do. Probably you can write or do something else you love. They are the most productive hours of the day.

2. Take cold water showers – Get away from the habit of heating water before you take a bath. Saves electricity too and also energizises you instead of making you feel just wet.

3. Talk to your parents/loved ones daily – We often take them for granted. Once you start doing this, you will be receptive towards other too. And by talking I mean hold conversation and be conscious about them.

4. Take care of your body – Exercise, if you cant then at least walk. If you are under 40, make sure you don’t have a protruding tummy. You are not doing justice to yourself if you are not fit.

5. Meet somone who is not from your social circle – At least once a week, if not everyday. This will help you grow both personally and professionally.

6. Write to someone with whom you havent spoken in an year – One person a day. Could be just an FB message or a like or comment on their status.

7. Disconnect from social media and all electronic devices(computer, Phone and TV) – At least one day a week. This will help you a lot in long run and also you will figure out ways to spend your day talking to people, reading and in other tasks you never thought about.

8. Hug someone/Say thank you – Everyone deserves a pat ont he back for doing their bit to serve you. Your reciprocation will life their spirits.

9. Learn something which helps you save time – Though most skill can’t be learned in a day, you can learn a trick every day which helps you save time. it could be a shortut in excel or anything else.

10. Help others by sharing what you know – Because it never about yourself, right?

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GOOD HABITS

  1. Wake up early : No matter where you are, in which part of the world you live, whether you are with family or alone in an apartment, waking up early is the best way to begin your day. There’s something magical about the early morning silence. It fills you up with good hopes for the coming day, makes you appreciate nature and you feel good and confident already. It’s almost like the morning gives you it’s energy. Plus, you get a few extra hours.
  2. Meditate: Waking up early is good, but to calm your body and soul, you need meditation. Do it for 10-15 minutes after you wake up. Sit in silence and breathe in the fresh morning air. You can also take time out to meditate during the day , maybe in the afternoon when you are comparatively free to help you rejuvenate the mind and sort things out.
  3. Exercise: This will go a long way in keeping you healthy. As they say, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Exercising releases endorphins which make you happy(:D). Also, a toned physique makes you feel confident and creates a good first impression. So invest in your health and exercise for atleast 30 minutes daily.
  4. Prioritize: Set the tasks to be done that day. Do it before you begin your day.And make sure that there’s a tick alongside each one of them when you go to bed everyday. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and a peaceful night sleep. Also, it will help you build/maintain your self-confidence.
  5. Acknowledge people: May it be your family members, friends , colleagues, that man you meet on the subway everyday, the staff keeping your house and workplace clean , the waiter in your favourite restaurant, anyone you meet. It’s a busy life . We have almost forgotten the value of acknowledging others’. A kind word of appreciation and a little care can work wonders. Also, it goes a long way in strengthening your relationships.
  6. Sincerity : Towards your work , your studies, or any goal that you have set for yourself. It gives you a sort of silent satisfaction , when you know that you have been sincere towards your work that day. It helps you meet deadlines and fulfil personal goals. It’s soothes your mind.
  7. Smile and laugh out loud : As much as you can. It’s the best curve on your body. Smile at people even if you don’t know them. Everyone’s fighting their own battle. A little smiling won’t hurt anyone, will it? Also, you’ll feel really good if strangers smile back at you. Let’s make the world a better place to live (:D).
  8. No politics: Stay away from it. Don’t bitch about others. Don’t unnecessarily criticize people. Stop judging everyone! Nobody is perfect. Not you , not me, not that man who was standing behind you in the grocery store today, nobody ! Don’t waste your time over petty issues. Forgive easily. It’s a small life. It’ll be good if you live your own. Besides, staying away from politics gives you a clear mind , a fresh perspective and so much more time and energy for self-developement.
  9. Keep changing: Try out new sports, develope a new hobby, enroll for some random language class, but keep changing. Most people get left behind in life because they are too comfortable in their comfort zones to try out new things. Do not make that mistake. However old you are , going out and doing something you have never done before is sure to give you good memories to cherish. And who knows , you might learn something valuable along the way!
  10. Stay connected: We are becoming so busy in our lives that we are forgetting the ones who helped us along the way. It’s very, very important to keep connected with your near and dear ones. I’m not asking you to forcibly stay connected with those who bring negativity in your life. No. Don’t bother about them, rather stay away from them . But family, friends, mentors who have always been tere for you also sometimes need support . Don’t forget that!

    Have a happy life! 😀

Best HABBITS

  1. Smile as you breathe: even if you force it initially, it sets off a chemical and emotional chain reaction that can improve your health, mood and eventually your outlook. 😀
  2. Save money: it doesn’t matter if your income is less or you are a student. Remember, it’s not your salary that makes you rich but it’s your spending habits. Save in whatever way you can and invest and re-invest your savings. Let it grow with you.
  3. Wake up early: it will provide few extra hours to invest in your hobbies and no doubt, it will keep you fit.
  4. Stay away from any form of gossip: it saves time, relationships and keeps negative thoughts at bay.
  5. Socialise by meeting REAL people: use social network to stay in touch with real friends. Don’t dwell in a virtual world.
    Life is short, leave your computer aside, go out and enjoy!
  6. Stay curious and learn something new everyday
  7. Energy saving mode: conserve the environment by saving resources(electricity, fuel, water, trees, etc.) and keep the surrounding clean.
  8. Read good books: time is limited, don’t waste it reading gossips and irrelevant magazines. As Mark Twain has rightly said:
    The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
  9. Organise your priorities beforehand in life: it will simplify your today and help you make practical and effective decisions tomorrow.

Eat a piece of chocolate on daily basis 🙂
Eating chocolate releases several neurotransmitters in our brain that have positive effects on our feelings (that is, they make us happy).
Don’t believe me? read this:
Why Does Chocolate Make People Happy?

HABITS

1. Wake Up When You Say You’re Going To Wake Up

Aside from the occasional “I’m going to sleep in until 11am on a Saturday because I’m visiting my parents house and I’m sleeping in my old bed and I haven’t slept in this long in forever,” it behooves you to wake up early.  But more importantly, to wake up when you say you’re going to wake up.  That means if you set the alarm for 6:30am, you get out of bed at 6:30am.  Why?  Because this is your first promise to yourself of the day.  The night before, you set that alarm at that time because you were making a promise to yourself to get up at that time.  Starting your day with a broken promise is the same as getting out of bed on the wrong foot.  Keep your promise.  Wake up.

2. Have A Clean Morning Routine (And Dress The Part)

There are very few things in life that can start your day off as well as a morning routine that has built in triggers to get your head in the game.  Shower.  Brush your teeth.  Do your hair.  Etc.  But more importantly, choose clothes that force you to rise to the occasion.  It’s hard to feel lazy in a suit.  Now, I’m not saying wear a suit, but even wearing some jeans with a pair of nice brown dress shoes and a light blue button down is going to make you feel like you’re ready to tackle the day.  T-shirt and sweats feels more like “I’m going to stay home, binge on Netflix, and eat potato chips in my bed.”  Your morning routine should be more than just the things you have to do to be a functioning human being.  It should get you mentally ready for what you have to do that day—whatever that is.

3. A Moment Of Mindfulness

In addition to the above, meditate.  This is best done in the morning but after the shower (so you’re slightly more awake).  Take 5 or 10 minutes and just sit in silence.  Listen to where you are.  This helps you understand if you’re starting your day in a good place, or if you woke up frustrated, or if something is stressing you out, or if there’s something you’re really excited about—and from there, you will better understand yourself and how you can best approach the day to work with yourself as you currently are.  This is so important.

4. Regular Meals

I am a bodybuilder so this rings a bit more true to me personally, but I think there is something to be said about having regular meal times with meals that are prepared and ready to go.  This helps you ensure that something as important as remembering to eat doesn’t get skipped over or replaced with more work throughout the day.  If you plan ahead, this also helps you stay healthy.  Eating is already habit, so the more you can prepare for that habit with healthy, pre-cooked choices, the more effective you will be at maintaining your health even with a busy schedule.

5. The Little Moments

We all have 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there.  However with technology we have become accustomed to filling those little time periods with social media on our phones, watching videos on YouTube, etc.  Take all those mindless apps and put them in a folder on your phone called “Wasting My Life Away.” On the front page, replace the spaces with productive apps—for me: Duolingo (to learn a foreign language), CNNmoney, iBooks, etc.  Make those little moments count with the habit of learning, instead of just consuming.

6. Free Time Means Free Time

This habit is for the workaholics and entrepreneurs out there like myself who forget that “free time” doesn’t mean “freely working on more new projects.”  Free time literally means free time.  Time spent on nothing.  Go for a walk in the park.  Go meet an old friend for coffee.  Go sit around and play Cards Against Humanity with a bunch of friends.  Go call your Grandma.  Go watch an entire movie without getting up halfway through because you feel like you’re being unproductive.  This free time as a scheduled habit will help reset your brain and help you return to the work later with revitalized enthusiasm.

7.  Manage Your Money

A lot of stress and anxiety stems from finances.  However, it’s not usually the mere existence of money and finances that causes the stress, but rather the misunderstanding of how to manage it.  Take the time to learn the basics about taxes, stocks, investing, saving, etc.  And once every week, two weeks, or month, go through your finances and look at where your money went.  Learn to work with money so that you can master money.  Unless you have plans of moving into the middle of the wilderness and joining a far-out civilization that barters with fruits, nuts, and wild game, money is going to be part of your life forever.  Make it a habit to learn how to use it to your advantage, instead of being defeated by it.

8.  Meet Someone New

I’m fortunate that I’ve learned this through my job, but meeting new people fuels so much inspiration that it is as worthwhile of a habit as anything else.  Does someone have a blog you read regularly?  Shoot them an email.  Is there a local business owner you’d like to learn from?  See if they’d be up to meet you for coffee.  The more people you reach out to and meet, the more valuable you will become because of your network, but also the more inspired you will be to continue your own development.  It will also help put things in perspective whenever you are down and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere.  You’ll meet someone new and realize that you aren’t alone, and you are getting somewhere, it just takes time.

9.  Indulge and Explore

Part of life is pleasure.  No matter how important discipline is, there comes a tipping point when discipline is no longer productive and you start to become too rigid to find your flow.  You are not a monk.  Go outside your comfort zone and indulge a little, and with it, explore someone or something new.  Ask someone out.  Go to a coffee shop on the outskirts of the city.  Check out that new museum exhibit you’ve been seeing ads for.  Eat so much cheesecake that you fall asleep at the restaurant table.  Sit by the lake with your feet dangling off the pier, skimming in the water.  These little moments are so easy to ignore, especially if you are a goal driven person.  But they are the moments you remember the most, and they fuel the emotion inside you to be happier, to live deeply, and to create something of true, emotional value with your life.

10.  Journal Before Bed

This has been a habit of mine ever since I was a little kid, and I believe it is the reason why I love writing so much.  Every night before bed, I take a moment to write in my journal.  Sometimes I write about what I learned that day.  Sometimes I write about what I hope to do the next day.  Sometimes I write poems, sometimes I write songs, sometimes I write down all the things that are bothering me and then I write out how I can change them.  But no matter what, I write something.  And I write from the heart.  It helps me remember that life is just a story, we are the main character, and if I want tomorrow to be different then I simply have to play the part.

Bonus 11.  Sleep

This should go without saying, but sleep is an important habit.  It’s ok to have those 4 hour nights every once in a while—usually it’s a girl or an MMORPG release to blame.  But in general, getting 7ish hours of sleep a night will do you good.

GOOD HABITS

1. The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets,people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention.Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.

5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.

6. If you feel weird about something during a relationship, that’s usually what you end up breaking up over.

7. Have as much contact as possible with older people. Personally, I met people at Podcamps. My friend Greg, at the age of 13, met his first future employer sitting next to him on a plane. The reason this is so valuable is because people your age don’t usually have the decision-making ability to help you very much. Also they know almost everything you will learn later, so ask them.

8. Find people that are cooler than you and hang out with them too. This and the corollary are both important: “don’t attempt to be average inside your group. Continuously attempt to be cooler than them (by doing cooler things, being more laid back, accepting, ambitious, etc.).”

9. You will become more conservative over time. This is just a fact. Those you surround yourself with create a kind of “bubble” that pushes you to support the status quo. For this reason, you need to do your craziest stuff NOW. Later on, you’ll become too afraid. Trust me.

10. Reduce all expenses as much as possible. I mean it. This creates a safety net that will allow you to do the crazier shit I mentioned above.

11. Instead of getting status through objects (which provide only
temporary boosts), do it through experiences. In other words, a trip to Paris is a better choice than a new wardrobe. Studies show this also boosts happiness.

12. While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem. Use the internet, because it’s like a cool little machine that helps you do your bidding. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck, extend that to three weeks instead of two. Then, as you get better, you can think a month ahead, then three months, then six, and finally a year ahead. (The goal is to get to a point where you are thinking 5 years ahead.)

13. Learn to program.

14. Get a six-pack (or get thin, whatever your goal is) while you are young. Your hormones are in a better place to help you do this at a younger age. Don’t waste this opportunity, trust me.

15. Learn to cook. This will make everything much easier and it turns food from a chore + expensive habit into a pleasant + frugal one. I’m a big Jamie Oliver fan, but whatever you like is fine.

16. Sleep well. This and cooking will help with the six pack. If you think “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “I have too much to do to sleep,” I have news for you: you are INEFFICIENT, and sleep deprivation isn’t helping.

17. Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory. Do not trust it for what you “feel like” you should be doing. Trust only the reminder app. I use RE.minder and Action Method.

18. Choose something huge to do, as well as allowing the waves of opportunity to help you along. If you don’t set goals, some stuff may happen, but if you do choose, lots more will.

19. Get known for one thing. Spend like 5 years doing it instead of flopping around all over the place. If you want to shift afterwards, go ahead. Like I said, choose something.

20. Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.