Who says you have to wait until the New Year to start a good habit? If making tweaks to your everyday lifestyle is something you’re interested in, there are plenty of good habits to start right now. It’s easy to give excuses due to busy work schedules and feeling overwhelmed already, but in a year you’ll be glad you started when you did.
Here are 12 good habits to start right now.
1. Make your bed
It’s often said that successful people make their bed every morning. I was skeptical about this, but I started doing it every day. I’ll be honest, I don’t know how it adds to success or if it really does anything, but I love coming home to a made bed. There is a sense of organization and pride in knowing that I care enough to make my bed.
Making the bed also helps form a routine. In creating good habits, having a routine makes a habit second nature. Even if you’re in a rush in the morning, taking two minutes to make your bed will help you feel as though you at least accomplished one task that day. If you can do something as small as making your bed daily, imagine what else you can accomplish.
2. Be on time
There’s something honorable about a person who is always on time. When you’re on time, people remember. The same goes if you’re constantly late.
If you know you’re the type of person who struggles with time management, take time to evaluate your habits and what causes you to be late. Once you figure that out, make the necessary adjustments to ensure timeliness.
Of all the good habits on this list, this is the only one that people will actually see. You want people to remember you for all the great things you do, not for always being late.
3. Get up early
If you start work at 8:00am like I do, waking up early can be especially tough. I personally am not a morning person and I cherish every minute of sleep I get.
When I decided to stop rushing to work every morning my life literally changed. I committed to waking up about 2 hours before I have to leave for work. I now have time to do a morning devotional, stretch, and work on my writing all before getting ready for my day.
The reason waking up early is a good habit to start is because it allows the body time to relax and adjust before a 9-hour workday. Also, the morning is typically an uninterrupted time to get activities done like exercise and emails.
By the end of the long day you’ll be glad you got up a little earlier to get some things accomplished. There are only 24 hours in a day, make sure you use them wisely.
4. 7 hours of sleep
Sleep is vital. If we don’t get enough of it not only are we cranky zombies, our bodies can’t function as intended. I can always tell when my body hasn’t had enough sleep. My skin breaks out, my hair gets brittle, I get headaches, and my stomach bloats.
Studies say that adults should get between 6-7 hours each night. I find I do better with 7 hours. When I’m rested, my mind is clear to focus on my busy schedule and my body is good to me.
Try and wind down enough before bed so that you can fall asleep right away. That way getting a full 7 hours is easier.
5. Set clothes out the night before
This quick habit can save so much time in the morning. All you have to do is check the weather the night before and set your clothes out accordingly.
When you wake up in the morning, getting ready is a no-brainer because you already know what you’re going to wear. Doing this avoids any unnecessary outfit changes because you’ve already figured it out the night before.
6. Save money
When you think of good habits to start right now, saving money might not be on your list, however, it’s one of the most important ones. Although this one is obvious, a lot of people don’t have any sort of savings. Chances are you already have a savings account with your bank. Utilize this!
You should be putting money into your savings with every paycheck you receive. By having a comfortable savings, financial emergencies are less stressful. This also helps with future investments like a car and a house. In a year from now, you’ll be glad you made saving money a habit.
7. Eat healthy
Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up delicious foods. What it means is eating clean for at least 5 days a week. If you meal prep for your workweek, eating healthy shouldn’t be difficult.
The sooner you incorporate healthy eating into your weekly regimen, the sooner your body adjusts to the positive changes it will go through because of it. You may even find that you enjoy this eating change.
The weekends are for fun and enjoyable food, but make it a habit to eat healthy Monday – Friday.
8. Drink more water
Water is essential and yet we so often forget about it. With all these novelty drinks on the market that are supposedly good for us, we forget that water is the most healthy and natural product we could put into our body.
An easy way to make this a habit is to leave a refillable bottle at your desk and commit to drinking 3-4 bottles a day. Eventually, your body will crave water. In my opinion, drinking water is one of the most important good habits to start right now.
9. Cleaning schedule
It’s proven that living in a clean environment helps the mind focus. This starts with your room, home, and workspace. If cleaning is a hassle for you, make a schedule. Here’s an example:
Wednesday: dishes and mirrors
Saturday: bathroom and laundry
Sunday: dust and vacuum
When you make it a habit to stick to a cleaning schedule, it’s not overwhelming and your area is constantly clean.
10. Daily devotional or journaling
There is healing in journaling. Don’t believe me? Look it up. There is an entire science behind the power of journaling. I have kept a journal (diary when I was younger) since age 6. As an adult, it’s tougher to make time to write, but whenever I do I feel relieved.
Now that I’m older I’ve combined journaling with a daily devotional. My devotional consists of listening to a chapter or two of the bible. Sometimes I’ll write down a response to what I listened to and other times I will write down my general thoughts. I like to do this first thing in the morning when my mind isn’t focused on work yet.
11. Set short-term goals
Goals are vital. They are daily reminders that we are not yet where we need to be, but we know where we are going. When setting goals remember the following:
– Be realistic. Nothing is more frustrating than never reaching a short-term goal. A good length is 3 – 6 months.
– Set no more than 3 short-term goals at a time.
– Write down your goals and put it where you can easily see it.
– If applicable, set deadlines. If your goal is to save $5,000 in 6 months, set financial goals for month 2 and month 4 so that the journey is not overwhelming.
12. Plan out your month
At the beginning of each month, take a few minutes to plan out the next 30 or 31 days. Buy a big calendar (I have a chalk one so that I can reuse it) and add birthdays, appointments, and important dates.
Also, add your short-term goal deadlines and your cleaning schedule. Planning out your month helps you to look ahead and mentally prepare for what all needs to be done.
So there you go, 12 good habits to start right now. Which ones work best for you? I’d love to hear from you!
Best of luck!