Developing good habits is the basic of personal development and growth. Everything we do is the result of a habit that was previously taught to us. Unfortunately, not all the habits that we have are good, that’s why we are constantly trying to improve.The following is a list of 30 practical habits that can make a huge difference in your life.You should treat this list as a reference, and implement just one habit per month. This way you will have the time to fully absorb each of them, while still seeing significant improvements each month.Health habitsExercise 30 minutes every day. Especially if you don’t do much movement while working, it’s essential that you get some daily exercise. 30 minutes every day are the minimum recommended for optimal health.Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast is the more important meal of the day, yet so many people skip it. Personally, I like to eat a couple of toasts in the morning along with a fruit beverage.Sleep 8 hours. Sleep deprivation is never a good idea. You may think that you are gaining time by sleeping less, when in reality you are only gaining stress and tiredness. 8 hours are a good number of hours for most people, along with an optional 20 minutes nap after lunch.Avoid snacking between meals. Snacking between meals is the best way to gain weight. If you are hungry, eat something concrete. Otherwise don’t. Update: for clarification, I mean don’t eat junk food between meals, but eating real food it’s ok.Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Our body and brain loves getting vegetables and fruit, so I highly recommend eating as much of them as possible. Five portions is the dose that’s usually recommended by many health associations.Eat fish. Fish is rich of omega 3 and other healthy elements. At least one meal per week of fish should be enough for getting all these nutrients.Drink one glass of water when you wake up. When you wake up, your body is dehydrated and needs liquid. Make the habit of drinking one glass of water after you wake up in the morning. Also, drink more during the day.Avoid soda. Soda is often one of the most unhealthy beverage you can find. Limit your consumption of soda as much as possible and you’re body will be grateful for that.Keep your body clean. I don’t advise spending your day in front of the mirror, but a minimum of personal care does never hurt.If you smoke, stop it. There’s no reason to smoke anymore, and quitting is
.If you drink, stop it. Same as above. Don’t think that alcohol will solve your problems. It never does. The only exception is one glass of wine per day during meals.Take the stairs. This is just a hack that forces you to do a minimum of exercise. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs.Productivity habitsUse an inbox system. Make the habit of keeping track of all the ideas and things that comes to mind. You can use a notebook to do this, and then sync everything on your computer.Prioritize. If you have a list of things to do, where do you start? One way is to prioritize your list. If you are in doubt, ask yourself: “If I could only accomplish one thing today, what would it be?”Plan, but not too much. Planning is important, and you should decide in advance what you are going to do today or this week. However, planning for more than a few weeks is usually inefficient, so I would not worry too much about that.Wake up early. Waking up early in the morning is a great way to gain extra time. I personally like to wake up at 5 am, so that by 9 am I have already accomplished what otherwise would have taken me many days..Check your email only twice per day. Email can easily become an addiction, but it’s usually unnecessary to check it every 10 minutes. Make an effort and check your email only once or twice per day, see if the world will still rotate as before after you try this.Eliminate unimportant tasks. Being busy all day does not mean you are doing important stuff. Eliminate every activity that’s not important, and focus on what really matters.Clean off your desk and room. Having a clear room and desk is important to maintain focus and creativity.Automate. There are a lot of tasks that you need to perform every day or every week. Try to automate them as much as possible.Set strict deadlines. When you do something, decide in advance when you’re going to stop. There’s a rule that states that you will fulfill all the time you have available for completing a task, so make an habit of setting strict deadlines for maximizing your productivity.Take one day off per week. Instead of working every day, take one day off per week (for example sunday) where you are not going to turn on your computer. Use that time for doing recreational activities like going for a walk.Personal Development habitsRead 1 book per week. Reading is a good way to keep your brain active. With just 30 minutes per day you should be able to read one book per week, or more than 50 books per year.Solve puzzles. Quizzes, word games, etc. are all good ways to exercise your brain.Think positively.
You are what you think
, all the time.Make fast decisions. Instead of thinking for one hour wherever you are going to do something, make your decisions as fast as possible (usually less than 1 minute).Wait before buying.
Waiting 48 hours before buying anything
is a tremendous money saver, try it.Meditate 30 minutes per day. A great way to gain clearness and peace is through meditation. 30 minutes are not a lot, but enough to get you started with meditation.Career habitsStart a blog. Blogging is one of the best way to put your word out. It doesn’t have to be around a specific topic, even a personal blog will do.Build a portfolio. If your job is creating stuff, building a portfolio is a great way to show what you are capable of. You can also contribute stuff for free if that applies to your work.What do you think? What are the habits that changed your life?–You can receive new posts via
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作者：freestylemind.com培养好的习惯是个人发展和成长的基石。我们的所作所为都是之前习惯所带来的。不过可惜的是，我们身上并不是每一个习 惯都是好习惯，这也是我们不断需求提高的原因所在。下面所罗列的这30个实用习惯可以你给的一生带来重大改变。你应该把下面这个列表当作参考，并且每个月只落实一个。这样，你才能有时 间完全接受所有这些习惯，于此同时每个元还可以看到自己身上所发生的显著进步。健康方面每天锻炼半个小时。如果你从事的不是那种有很多运动量的工 作，这点尤其重要，日常的一些锻炼是必不可少的。每天30分钟的锻炼时间是保持最佳健康状态所需要的最少运动量。每天要吃早餐。早餐是一天中最重要的一餐饭，但是有很多人却不吃。我个人喜欢早上用烤面包和水果饮料填饱肚子。每天保证8个小时的睡眠。睡眠不足绝对不是一个好的做法。你可以会认为睡少点会让你多出来一些时间，而实际上你得到的 只是压力和疲倦。对绝大多数人而来说，8小时的睡眠时就够了，另外中午吃饭后打个20分钟的小盹也是可以的。不要在两餐之间吃零食。吃零食是增加体重的最佳方式。如果你饿了，吃一些实在的东西。否则的话就不要吃。更新:我 这里澄清一下，我的意思是不要在两餐之间吃垃圾食物。但是吃其他的东西是可以的。每天吃5份蔬菜和水果。我们的身体和大脑喜欢蔬菜和水果，所以我极力推荐尽可能的多吃水果和蔬菜。5份这个数字是许多健 康协会通常所推荐的量。吃鱼。鱼富含Omega-3脂肪酸和其他一些健康 元素。每周至少吃一顿鱼可以保证让身体获充足的营养。早上醒来喝一杯水。早 上醒来时，身体处于缺水状态，需要补充水分。我们需要养成每天早上醒来喝一杯水的习惯。另外白天其他时间也要多喝水。尽量不喝汽水（soda）。汽水是我们通常能找到的最不健康的饮料之一。尽可能的限制汽水的饮用量。你的身体会非常感 激你的。保持身体干净。我并不是建议你每天在镜子前花上大把的时间，但是 进行最低限度的个人护理有益无害。如果你还在吸烟，请戒掉。我们完全没有 理由在继续吸烟了，而且戒烟也很
。如果你还在喝酒，请戒掉。这点与上 面一样。不要以为酒精能解决你的问题。它也从来没有过。唯一例外的是每天在就餐的时候可以喝上一杯。走楼梯。这样做是为了强制你做最低限度的运动。不要乘电梯，请走楼梯。效率方面的使用"收件"系统:养成将脑子中 的创意和事情记录下来的习惯。你可以使用笔记本做这事，然后将所有内容同步到电脑上去。分清事情轻重急缓。如果手头一堆事情要做，你会从哪里下手呢？其中的一办法就是对事情按优先顺序排好。如果你不确定的话，你可以这样问你自己：“如 果今天我只能完成一件事情，那我应该做那件呢？”有计划，但不要太过。计 划很重要，你应该事先决定今天或者这周要做什么事情。不过，对几周后的事情做计划通常是无效的，所以对几周后的事情不要担心太多。早起。早上早起是挤时间的最好方式。我个人就喜欢在早上5点钟起来，所以到9点钟的时候，我已经完成了原本可能需要几 天才能完成的事情。每天只检查检查两次电子邮箱。电子邮件很容易上让人上 瘾，但是每隔十分钟就看一次完全没必要了。努力做到每天只检查两次电子邮箱，然后看看天会不会塌下来。清除掉不重要的任务。整天忙并不意味着你在做重要的事情。将所有不重要的活动清除掉，然后关注于真正重要的事情。清理你桌面和房间。拥有一个干净整洁的房间和桌面对保持精力集中和个人的创造性非常重要。自动化。我们每天每周都有许多重复的任务。尝试让它们实现自动化。设置严格的截至日期。当你做事情时，事先设置要停手的时间。有某条规则就声称人会把完成一项工作所需的时间完完全全的用完，所以养成好习惯，严格设置最后的期限，让个人效率最大化。每周休息一天。不 要每天都工作，每周休息一天（比如星期天），把电脑关掉。用这些时间做一些娱乐活动，像外出散步。个人发展方面每周读一本书。阅读是让头脑保 持活跃的一种好办法。每天只需花半个小时，你每周就可以读完一本书了。或者保证每年的阅读量不要低于50本。（译者：作者的阅读速度蛮快的，不知道是怎么 个读法。）玩智力游戏。玩知识竞猜或和填词游戏。这都是锻炼大脑的好方 法。积极正面的思考。