Do you ever feel like you are not living your life to its full potential? Or do you ever feel like something is missing from your life or there is something that’s not letting you live your best life? Do you want to know what are some good habits to improve your life little by little? And do you want to let go of bad habits that are dragging you down and are not letting you live the kind of life you deserve?
If you said yes to any of those, then this post is for you.
In this post, we are talking about good habits to adopt for a better life. We will be talking about habits to adopt today to create the kind of life you dream of. These good habits will help you improve your life and will help you level up your life. You know how some people seem to have their entire lives figured out? How they seem to have best of health, doing great in their careers and also in their personal life?
Well, if that’s something you strive for as well, then these good habits for a better life will definitely help. These good habits to improve your life will allow you to make changes and to finally get to a point in your life where you feel content.
And as someone who has been actively working on their personal development journey for a couple of years, I can honestly say that it makes all the difference in the world. And if you want to make some changes, then you have to be more intentional about how you lead your life.
Why are habits important?
Have you ever heard the saying that “Nothing changes, if nothing changes“? It’s been one of my life mantras for so long. Mainly because it helps me see that whatever I want to do in my life, I can, only if I am willing to make some changes. So if you too want to change your life, you need to start changing how you do things.
Because if you keep living your life exactly how you are living right now, nothing will really change. You will still have the same problems that you have always had and you’ll still be living a very similar life. A few years back, I saw this too. I looked at my life and told myself that if I don’t make changes now, then 5-10 years down the line, I will still be struggling with my health, my finances and my relationships. I will have the same struggles. And in that moment I knew I needed to make the changes. Because the thought of living the same life scared me.
But it’s not something to be sad about.
In fact, it’s a good thing. A good thing because it means that you are in control of your narrative and you can create the kind of life you desire. And to do so, you must start changing your approach towards things. And that’s where habits come in.
You can’t change your life overnight. I mean that happens only in the movies. But if you do want to make real life changes, then you must do so by adopting the right habits. And that’s why habits are so important. They allow you to make simple small changes to your life and when done for a long period of time, they help you completely transform your life.
If you want to get fitter, start by making it a habit to workout, or something as simple as drinking more water. If you want to be improve your relationships, make it a habit to invest in quality time with the people you love.
And that’s the good thing about habits. Whatever you want to change, habits can help you enforce that change in your life.
You may not see the changes on a day to day basis, but you will definitely be able to see the changes over a month or over a year. That’s why, in order to be successful in life and in order to create a life you love, you need to start with good habits.
And in this post, I am taking you through all the good habits for a better life. The list is broken down into different parts. So if you want to focus on a particular aspect of your life, you can go ahead and get started with those habits. Shall we get started?
PART 1: Good habits for self improvement:
Plan your day
Prioritise your tasks and to-dos
Get to know yourself: 50 Journal prompts for Self Discovery
Read more books
Build confidence: 10 Daily habits to build more Confidence
Start a Life planner to keep your life organised in one place
Journal: It could be life-altering, no kidding! Here is a Beginner’s guide to Bullet Journalling
Try Daily Affirmations
PART 2 : Good habits for better health:
Eat healthy (Goes without saying)
Drink more water (practically the solution to so many health problems)
Eat more Plant based meals
Eat more whole foods and whole grains
Include more Healthy fats in your diet
Try out Intermittent fasting: A 8-10 hour eat window for the entire day
Practise Portion control
Learn about nutrition: Educating yourself about nutrition is one of the best things you can do for yourself
Quit toxic habits: 10 toxic habits to quit right now
Get better at personal hygiene: 11 Personal Hygiene secrets you need to know
Get Regular health checkups: So important
Spend time outside in the nature: Even if it’s a leisurely walk
Sleep better: 12 Tips to sleep better
Get more fresh air: Open your windows every morning
Get sunlight: Make sure to spend at least 30 minutes in the sun everyday
PART 3: Good habits for more productivity:
Keep phone away & remove distractions : The best tips for being more productive because we have all spent hours scrolling through social media mindlessly, at some point in our lives!
Get better at Time management : Try Pomodoro technique
Have a designated work area: So important of you are working from home
Log off at a reasonable hour : A healthy work life balance is super important to be more productive
PART 4: Good habits for a happier life:
Stop comparing your life to other’s: Everyone’s life on social media is their highlight reel. No one showcases their lows and comparing your life to any one else’s will only do you harm. It is rightly said that comparison is the thief of joy.
Find joy in small things
Practise slow living : Allows you to appreciate things you already have in your life.
Let go of the idea of perfection
Accept mistakes: No one is perfect and it is important to accept you mistakes and learn from them.
Accept failures as part of life
Spend time with people you love: Nothing boosts your mood like spending quality time with the people who matter to you.
Play with your pet: The best and my favourite stress buster of all time.
Mental health: Spend some time to address your mental health and deal with suppressed emotions you may have. Healing your inner child is also important
Travel: Travelling and new experiences bring you so much joy and happiness and sometimes you just need to explore your own backyard
Get out of comfort zone: Nothing good happens when you stay in the zone and it may be scary but iy’s good to step out of it every once in a while
PART 5: Good habits for better relationships:
Quality time: Spending quality time with the people you love : 17 At home date night ideas on a budget
No phone: Make it a rule to have “no phones” when you are with your friends or family. Take some time away from your phones and to really bond with them
Better communication: Get better at expressing your feelings and communicating and also listening to others. Communications is the key to strong relationships.
Deep conversations: having deep, meaningful conversations with those close to you will help you bond better. I mean who needs small talk anyway?
Try to understand them better: A good part of healthy relationships is understanding and that builds over time. but you need to be making conscious efforts to understand each other’s perspective on things rather than simply judging because their views are different than yours.
Be there in time of need
Be open about your feelings and don’t be shy in asking for help when you need it.
PART 6: Good habits for an organised home:
Declutter clothes: 20 Tips to Declutter clothes this weekend
Declutter house: Here’s a room by room declutter list that you may find helpful.
Buy decor that you absolutely love and don’t buy things just because they are trendy
More plants: Plants can bring so much life to any space : 12 Bedrooms that are perfect for plant lovers.
Designated place for things: everything in your home should have a designated space, otherwise it’s just clutter. So give everything a home and let everyone know where to put a particular item.
Weekly Cleaning list: Lists are going to be your best friend: Weekly Cleaning list if for things like your rugs, changing your sheets etc.
Daily list: make a daily declutter and organising list and make it a habit to do a quick 15-20 minute declutter every morning. I usually wipe all the surfaces (bedside tables, kitchen counters etc), put away laundry and run a load
Monthly chores: Then comes monthly chores. I always have a running list to which I keep adding things as they come and we tackle them at the end of the month if it’s not something super urgent. We also have a monthly deep cleaning list which really helps.
PART 7: Good habits for beauty and looking good:
Skincare routine: You don’t need something super fancy with 20 steps. A very simple cleanse and moisturise routine will also do.
Take care of nails
Hair mask: Put on a hair mask every week : your hair needs hydration as well
Hair cuts/trims and colour
Exfoliate: Exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin will bring your skin to life so make it a habit
Face masks: hydrating face sheet masks or DIY at home masks, whatever you prefer
Non toxic beauty products: Invest in non toxic beauty products, your regular “beauty” product are doing your skin more harm than good.
Take off makeup: We are all guilty of this one and have done this at some point in our lives. But make it a habit to remove makeup before going to bed. your skin will thank you for it.
Use essential oils and bath salts once in a while
Correct posture: Be more conscious about your posture and do regular exercises to correct your posture. especially if you spend long hours at your desk
Stretch: make it a habit to take a 5 minute stretching break every hour to get up from your desk, walk around a little and stretch
Wear what you are confident in
Try different styles: You won’t know what you like and what you look good in, unless you give it a try. So go on Pinterest and experiment with your personal Style a little
Dress according to occasion: Dressing appropriately is the key to looking good
Find a perfume you love
Silk/satin pillows: Change over your regular pillows with silk or satin pillows. They are great for both your skin and your hair and you can easily find them on amazon.
PART 8: Good habits for Financial Freedom:
Spend less than you make: 17 Frugal living habits to copy
Start side hustle
Make a Budget: How to make a Budget for beginners
Get out of debt: 7 step action plan to get rid of Debt
Build an Emergency fund
No useless purchases: Always take time and think before making any purchases to avoid un-necessary expenses
Invest in things: Buy good Quality items that will last you longer and that you will get more use out of
Minimalism: Minimalism allows you to invest in things that truly bring you joy instead of collecting things that just cause clutter
Here are some resources you may find helpful:
- 20 tips to Declutter Clothes
- How to spring clean and declutter your entire home
- 20 reasons why your house looks cluttered
- 12 Things to ban from your Bedroom right now
PART 9: Good habits for Mental Health:
Meditation: You can try guided ones to begin with
Journal: Allows you to connect with your deep emotions : 50 Journal prompts for Self discovery
Spend more time in Nature: A simple walk is also great
Build More Self Confidence: 10 Daily habits to build more confidence
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The bottom line for adopting habits for a better life is that habits can definitely help. And when done consistently over a period of time, they can give you the results you want. Of course any change requires you to work hard and if you want to improve your life, you need to focus on building good habits and letting go of the negative ones. And it will take time to see the actual results but you just need to stick with it and be consistent.
See you on the other side! 🙂