I can’t believe that it’s already Fall. Time needs to slow down just a little bit. It seems like yesterday that I was just in my 20’s just flowing through life. Now, I’m in my mid-30s. Things have changed a lot for me since then. I’d say that I’ve grown and matured a lot since I turned 30. Much of that has to do with my habits changing for the better. In today’s post, I want to share with you 10 good habits that lead to success. Overall, I’ve been able to see the benefits of good habits. For the most part, I’m still doing them.
Listen to Business or Motivational Podcasts
If you know me, you know that I love music. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably hear 2pac, Prince, or Jeezy in my stories a lot of the time. When I’m not listening to music, I’m checking out podcasts. I listen to a few of them each week. Some of my favorites are His & Her Money, Side Hustle Nation, and Smart Passive Income. I enjoy learning about business and finances. It helps me stay motivated. I get so many useful takeaways from the different shows. The podcasts help me keep the right mindset. Paying off debt and growing additional streams of income is not easy. I don’t have that many down days, but when I do, listening to one of those podcasts will get my spirits up.
Wake up Earlier
They say the early bird gets the worm. Getting up one or two hours earlier each day can be beneficial. You can use that extra time to meditate, pray, or work on your side hustle. I have several friends who’ve read the book, The Miracle Morning. They’ve made it a habit to get up early every day and accomplish things. I’m not going to lie; I used to get up early every Thursday to do some reading or some blog stuff before it was time to go to work. I haven’t done that in several months. I hate getting up early unless I’m going on a trip. Also, it’s hard trying to get up at 6 am if you go to bed between 12:30 – 1:00 am. You may be the same way, and that’s fine. This leads me to my next habit.
Stay up Later
Next up on the list of 10 good habits is to stay up later. As I stated earlier, I’m not a fan of getting up early, but I have no problem staying up later. There are several nights during the week where I’m up at 11 or 12 working on content or doing something else side hustle related. Some people are night owls. In college, I used to be up until 2 or 3 am religiously. While I don’t stay up that late anymore, I still enjoy doing things at night.
Watch TV Later
Growing up, I used to watch TV all the time. My sister and I used to get into stupid arguments over it. When I was unemployed a few years ago, I would watch TV from damn near sun up to sundown. By my second month of unemployment, I realized that I couldn’t do that. I started reading and working on my blog during that time. I began to care less about the television. Watching less TV helped so much with my productivity. Five years later, I still don’t watch much TV. On the weekends (unless one of my sports teams is playing) I don’t turn the TV on until after 2 pm. Try watching TV later next week. Don’t be surprised when you notice your productivity change for the better.
Evaluate What You’re Watching
While I’m discussing TV, it’s time for you to evaluate what you’re watching. I don’t watch many shows. I love sports. Back in the day, I used to watch crap like Flavor of Love. I’m glad I grew out of that stage. In my opinion, a lot of what they show on TV (especially reality TV) is trash. How can you expect to be a success if you’re watching hours and hours of it each week? You won’t be. That’s also not how life really is. The time that you are watching The Real Housewives could be used for so much better.
Work on Weekends
We’ve made it to number 6 on the list of 10 good habits that lead to success. Some people use the weekends to relax and chill. That’s not an option for me right now. Until I have financial freedom, I refuse to chill. The weekends can be used to work on your side hustles or to complete work around the house or something. I literally wrote this post on a Saturday morning at 10:30 am. To become a success, you have to do what others won’t do. Many people won’t do any type of work on the weekends. That’s fine, but I know that for me to reach my goals, I have to do the work.
This next habit is huge. Every successful person will tell you that they’ve sacrificed something. It could be time spent with friends or sleep. Some type of sacrifice will have to be made. I don’t go out as much as I used to or spend as much on shoes as I did. It will all be worth it when my debt is paid off. It’s not easy in the beginning, you may even make a mistake, but sacrificing things will get easier over time. This is one of the most important things on the list of 10 good habits.
Do Something During Lunch
Your lunchtime is a critical part of the day. Many people eat and watch YouTube videos during that time. You could do so much more. You can listen to podcasts, do freelance work, edit blog posts, and more. In the past, I’ve typed blog posts and answered comments during lunch. This is one of my good habits. That’s an hour that I can get things done without people bothering me.
I’m not sure why, but a lot of people don’t read much anymore. Reading keeps your mind fresh. As a successful person, you need your mind to be the best that it can be. Books can motivate you and help get you to the next level. Below are a couple of books that I’ve read and would suggest.
You probably hear this saying all the time, but health is truly wealth. You can’t be your best self if you’re sick. Take care of yourself. If you like to walk or run, go to your local park or track (weather permitting). You can also join a gym. Depending on the gym you go to, they may have different classes such as Zumba. Exercising and being active will help you feel better overall.
Bonus Habit: Drink More Water
I had to add a bonus thing to this list of 10 good habits. Many folks don’t drink enough water. Our body needs a lot of it. It keeps us refreshed and hydrated. A few years ago, I became dehydrated due to me working a full-time and part-time job and not drinking enough water. I didn’t know what the heck was going on. When you don’t drink enough water, you might not be able to think straight, you can become dizzy (I suffered several bouts of dizziness before I figured out the problem.) and you might not have much energy. Even if you have to force yourself, drink more water. Your body will thank you for doing it.
You’ve just read 10 good habits that lead to success. The sooner that you start them, the better. If you want to succeed at anything, you have to start practicing certain habits. The ones that I shared above can help you with that.
What successful habits do you have?