Below is one of the longest list of habits you will see on the internet as it has been combined using various sources (mentioned in the end) and my experience. Use the above three principles, choose a few habits you think are reasonably simple, stack them, make them mini, track them and get started.

The categories are:

  1. Being Organized
  2. Career
  3. Emotions, Spirituality & Mindfulness
  4. Finances
  5. Fitness
  6. Healthy Eating
  7. Hygiene
  8. Learning
  9. Love & Relationships
  10. Personal Growth
  11. Productivity
  12. Self-Confidence
  13. Sleep
  14. Social

1. Being Organized

  • Reduce your goals & tasks to essentials. One of the problems with GTD is that it attempts to tackle all incoming tasks. But this can overload us, and leave us without the necessary focus on the important tasks (MITs). So instead, ZTD asks you to review your task and project lists, and see if you can simplify them. Remove everything but the essential projects and tasks, so you can focus on them. Simplify your commitments, and your incoming information stream. Be sure that your projects and tasks line up with your yearly and life goals. Do this on a daily basis (briefly, on a small scale), during your weekly review, and your monthly review.
  • Set and keep routines. GTD is very unstructured, which can be both a strength and a weakness. It’s a weakness for some people because they need more structure. Try the habit of creating routines to see if it works better for you. A morning routine (for example) could include looking at your calendar, going over your context lists, setting your MITs for the day, exercising, processing email and inboxes, and doing your first MIT for the day. An evening routine could include processing your email and inboxes (again), reviewing your day, writing in your journal, preparing for the next day. Weekly routines could include an errands day, a laundry day, financial day, your weekly review, family day, etc. It’s up to you — set your own routines, make them work for you.
  • Keep simple lists, check daily. Basically the same as GTD — have context lists, such as @work, @phone, @home, @errands, @waiting, etc.

2. Career

  • Decide the position or job you want and what it takes to get there. Take one action a day toward making it happen.
  • Arrive at work 30 minutes to an hour early every day.
  • Practice dressing like the person in the position above you. Dress one step classier than your coworkers.
  • Brainstorm 10-20 things that would increase revenue, make your boss’s job easier, or decrease expenses and begin implementing them or sharing your ideas.
  • Practice avoiding unnecessary meetings or outings that suck your time.
  • Decide what you want within your organization, and regularly discuss this with decision-makers.
  • Continue to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills outside of work to support your career goals.
  • Practice the habit of networking every week to meet people who can support and mentor your career goals.
  • Work on your resume for 15-30 minutes a day until it is ready for prime time.
  • Research and practice interview skills.
  • Practice confident body language and communication on the job, even if you aren’t feeling it.
  • Make a habit of under-promising and over-delivering with your clients or boss.
  • Practice taking initiative on a new idea or suggested project.
  • Get in the habit of considering how to be more efficient with your work and implement your ideas.
  • Regularly practice the habit of a positive attitude with your co-workers and business associates.
  • Be sure to speak up at least once in every meeting. You need to be noticed and heard.
  • Show up at the office. Beware of work-from-home arrangements. If you are not seen in the office and people don’t know what you are contributing, you run the risk of getting let go (or passed over for promotions.)
  • Rehearse presentations in the mirror beforehand. You should also rehearse important statements and arguments ahead of time so you can work out the kinks.

3. Emotions, Spirituality & Mindfulness

  • Practice awareness of your negative thoughts during the day.
  • Once you are aware of your negative thought patterns, practice interrupting the thoughts and thinking or doing something positive.
  • Don’t Waste Energy on Hate
  • Don’t Succumb To Malice or Gossip
  • Write down positive affirmations about the way you want your day or a particular situation to unfold and say them out loud to yourself in the morning.
  • Begin a practice of morning or evening meditation, prayer, or contemplation, starting with just five minutes a day.
  • At defined times during your work day (mid-morning, after lunch, late afternoon), take five minutes to close your eyes and practice diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Every day, begin the morning by putting your life and problems into perspective by contemplating the size of the Earth, our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe.
  • Practice noticing and identifying your emotions when you feel them without judging them.
  • Take 5 minutes a day to contemplate everything you are grateful for.
  • Spend five minutes mentally reliving a happy memory including as much detail as you can remember.
  • Spend 5-10 minutes a day just imagining and daydreaming about something positive you want to do.
  • Consciously let go of worry or regret. Tell yourself “Future Me will take care of that” or “The past is the past.”
  • To be more mindful, find a quiet place, set a timer and spend 15 minutes focusing on your breathing
  • When you feel stressed during the day, make yourself stop for 5 minutes to identify the source of the stress.
  • When you experience negative emotions (sadness, anxiety, anger, etc.), practice having your “higher self” step outside of the emotions to remind you they are temporary and don’t define you.
  • When you have negative feelings, begin to notice the thoughts that preceded the feelings and actively change the thoughts.
  • Challenge your mental assumptions about people or expected outcomes.
  • Practice a mental mind shift where you accept you are capable of far more than you previously believed.
  • Begin a daily practice of walking meditation.
  • Begin to pay attention to the foods you eat and how they affect your emotions (ie: coffee making you anxious, sweets making you sleepy, etc.)
  • During the day, notice how the people around you make you feel — whether they energize and uplift you or drain you.
  • In whatever you are doing, mindfully redirect your focus to the present moment and the task at hand.
  • Pay attention to the details of now. What color is that butterfly? How does that salad taste? How many shades of green can you see right now?
  • Focus acutely on an immediate sensation, like how great it feels to be tucked into your comfy bed, or how invigorating that brisk wind is.
  • Invest emotionally in a current interaction. How does your friend feel about her problem? What emotions are you feeling right now? What can you do comfort/inspire/rejoice with the person you are with right now?
  • When you must make a decision, practice giving yourself a time limit for contemplation and research, and then decide even if you aren’t completely sure.
  • Practice a habit of serving others or performing an act of kindness every day.
  • Read or watch something that makes you laugh out loud every day.
  • Seek out one or two positive, upbeat people to spend time with every day.
  • Perform one thoughtful act of kindness for a stranger.
  • Practice gratitude. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, or going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.

  • Give up one physical pleasure or material possession.
  • Join a group of like-minded individuals from whom you can learn and be inspired.
  • Write a diary (if possible with your non-dominant hand, in multiple languages). Record your emotions. Record your aspirations. Plan your day.Write out how a person you encountered that day could enrich your life journey.
  • Write down three good things that happened to you each day.
  • Try to perform one daily random act of kindness for a stranger
  • Create the habit of spending time in nature every day and mindfully appreciating the beauty around you.
  • Enjoy a sunset or sunrise.
  • Walk in the woods.
  • Look up at the stars.

4. Finances

  • Mindfully decide how much money you want to save each month, and put aside a specific amount toward savings daily or weekly.
  • Decide to cut back on purchasing a Starbucks drink, and put that money in a jar each day instead.
  • Keep track of daily expenditure using an  excel sheet or app like Mint, YNAB, MoneyView, Walnut, etc.

5. Fitness

  • Park your car farther away from entrances to work or stores.
  • Take a walk every day.
  • Walk or jog in place while watching TV, rather than sitting.
  • Make it a habit to take the stairs instead of the elevator when you are going less than four floors. In most cases, it will save you time and help you get a small amount of exercise.
  • If you sit much of the day, stand up from your desk every 30 minutes and do 5 minutes of movement.
  • While working at a screen, periodically stare at something that’s far away, like out the window. If necessary, get up and find a window or at least a hallway so that you can focus at a distance. This keeps your eyesight from degenerating.
  • Move your body for ten minutes or longer first thing in the morning. A brisk dog walk or ten minutes of an exercise video is a perfect way to increase your metabolism.
  • Stretch for 5 minutes first thing in the morning or after your shower.
  • Work out for a total of an hour a day, five days a week. If you can break that up into two workouts, you will benefit even more (since you will create two spikes in metabolism that day.)
  • Practice 10 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, like running, jumping jacks, dancing, or swimming.
  • Practice 10 minutes a day of muscle-strengthening activities, working different muscle groups each day.
  • Commit to an easy form of exercise each day. Increase time spent exercising by five minutes a day until you reach your goal of how long you want to work out daily.
  • Write down your exercise goal and actual achievements each day. Increase the intensity of your workouts slowly.
  • Take your pulse while exercising. Calculate out your exercise heart rate so you know what zone to shoot for while exercising, and stay in the recommended zone.
  • Pay attention to how you feel while exercising. Push yourself to the point where it’s tough, but not miserable, each day.
  • If you want to get fit, you need to schedule exercise like an appointment that cannot be missed
  • Make protein the focus of every meal.
  • Perform a set number of squats every morning before work. Increase the number of squats every week.
  • Perform a set number of pushups every morning before work. Increase the number of pushups every week.
  • Lift a set number of weights each morning before your shower.
  • Run or jump on a rebounder for 30 minutes a day. It’s really fun and great for your overall health!
  • Find a running buddy and begin running every other day, starting with a walk/run if you are new to running.
  • Take a fun exercise class like Zumba or Jazzercise.
  • Join a community sports team, like softball, basketball, soccer, or volleyball.
  • Find an outdoor habit you enjoy like biking, hiking, or inline skating.
  • Perform a specific number of sit-ups and/or push-ups every morning before your shower.
  • Try a new physical activity (rock climbing, whitewater rafting, yoga, dance class.)
  • Walk your dog (or a neighbor’s dog.)
  • Have sex regularly. Regular sex relieves stress, boosts immunity, burns 85 or more calories (per 30 minutes), improves cardiovascular health, reduces pain, lowers the risk of prostate cancer, and helps you sleep.
  • Remind yourself that cravings usually lessen if you delay gratification. Tell yourself “All I have to do is wait ten minutes” each time you experience a craving.
  • Suck on a mint every time you want to smoke. Make yourself wait until the mint is gone before allowing yourself to decide if you really need to smoke.
  • If you usually smoke outside, force yourself to walk around the block twice before allowing yourself to decide if you really need to smoke.
  • If you have certain places you used to smoke, find replacements for those places. Establish new habits, for example, going to a restaurant where smoking is not permitted for lunch each day, or buying coffee in the office instead of walking somewhere (if you used to smoke while getting coffee down the street.)

6. Healthy Eating

  • Drink an 8 ounce glass of water first thing in the morning.
  • Eat that first meal within 30 minutes of waking up (to jumpstart your metabolism.)
  • Eat breakfast every day, including a combination of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fat.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Having six smaller meals rather than three large ones a day will help you manage hunger and manage your weight.
  • Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry in between meals. In many cases, the hunger will go away. If you are still hungry 30 minutes later, go ahead and get a snack.
  • Reduce your serving portions at lunch or dinner by half. Sit for 15 minutes before adding more food to your plate to see if you’re still hungry.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal.
  • Begin a practice of eating more mindfully and slowly. Take twice as long to eat your meal.
  • Substitute one unhealthy food choice for a healthy food (ie: instead of snacking on chips, eat carrots with hummus).
  • Add one additional serving of vegetables to one of your daily meals.
  • Increase dark green leafy vegetables in your diet like kale, spinach, swiss chard, and mustard greens.
  • Fill your plate with vegetables and lean meat; use fat, grains, starch and sugary foods as condiments.
  • Replace something white (starch, processed foods) with something green, orange, red or brown (vegetables, protein, lentils) at every meal.
  • Substitute a lean protein like chicken or fish for red meat once a week.
  • Substitute fruit for a high calorie, sugary dessert.
  • Switch from white, bleached breads and grains (pasta, rice) to whole grains.
  • Replace one main meal per day with a salad or broth-based vegetable or lentil soup. By eating several servings of vegetables per day, you will feel more energetic, lose weight, feel fuller and lower your chances of contracting cancer and many other diseases.
  • Eat one piece of fruit or one serving of raw vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumbers) mid morning and mid afternoon.
  • Fill your plate with fresh, colorful vegetables one meal per day.
  • Don’t carry money for vending machines. Instead eat a snack you brought from home. Pretend vending machines don’t exist.
  • Pack a healthy snack for the ride home from work. Pretend fast food restaurants don’t exist.
  • Stop eating fried food.
  • Count your calories using an app like MyFitnessPal etc.
  • Keep a full water bottle on your desk and drink water throughout the day.
  • Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water.
  • Drink a cup of green or white tea every day.
  • Replace soda with seltzer water.
  • Replace cold sugar-sweetened drinks with iced herbal teas or iced coffee (sans cream and sugar.)
  • Replace high fat hot drinks with flavorful hot tea or flavored coffee.
  • Replace regular juice with low sugar juices or flavored seltzer waters.
  • Avoid cream and sugar.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time.
  • Clean out your pantry and get rid of all processed snacks.
  • Go to the grocery store on a full stomach only.
  • Shop from the outer rim of the grocery store (produce, meat, dairy), avoiding processed foods.
  • Once or twice a week, eat a 100% plant-based dinner.
  • Cook with healthy oils like olive oil or coconut oil rather than butter.
  • Split restaurant meals in half. Take half home for later, and only eat half of the meal in the restaurant.
  • Order meals off the healthy section of the menu. Tell yourself you cannot eat anything on the menu that isn’t listed as healthful.
  • Order a child-sized or senior-sized meal off the menu.
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Consider having it only on weekends.
  • In social situations, set a number of conversations per drink. For example, you might force yourself to mingle with three guests (three full conversations) before you allow yourself to refresh your drink.
  • Make yourself drink a full glass of water before you indulge in each serving of alcohol.
  • Alternate club soda and alcoholic drinks.
  • If you normally pour yourself a drink right when you get home at night, replace this habit with another habit. Walk the dog, take a shower, do an exercise video, or eat a salad before you allow yourself to pour that first drink.
  • Make it a point to avoid smoke (including second hand smoke.) This may mean you ask a roommate to smoke outside or you decide it’s time to quit smoking.

7. Hygiene

  • Wash your hands every time you use the restroom, handle raw meats, pet a strange animal, or cough/sneeze.
  • Take up the habit of flossing your teeth every morning or evening. Floss immediately after brushing, or put the floss in the shower and don’t leave the shower until you floss.
  • Don’t leave home without being showered and groomed.

8. Learning

  • Take up learning a new language and spend time every day working through a language program.
  • Get in the habit of listening to relaxing music or educational cd’s in your car rather than blaring news programs.
  • Cook a new recipe for dinner every night.
  • Challenge yourself to become more proficient and comfortable with computer technology and learn a new skill daily.
  • Take a certification program to learn CPR and first aid.
  • Learn how to create your own blog.
  • Decide you are going to write a book, and begin a daily writing habit.
  • Learn how to improve the speed of your reading by taking a speed reading course online.
  • Take online guitar lessons and practice the guitar for 30 minutes to an hour a day.
  • Improve your photography skills and learn Photoshop online.
  • Complete a course or book on money management or investing.
  • Join Toastmasters or another public speaking program and improve your speaking skills.
  • Make a list of basic skills you don’t know (like changing a tire, building a fire, remembering names, etc.) and tackle one every day.
  • Research what it takes to start a business, and take a few actions a day to get your own business off the ground.
  • Read out loud.
  • Record yourself reading key points (you need to memorize) out loud. Replay the recording as you rest in bed, right before falling asleep.
  • Underline or highlight important information.
  • Chew mint gum while you study.
  • Pinch yourself or hold a bag of ice cubes while memorizing difficult formulas. The physical sensations will stimulate adrenaline production, locking the formula into your memory.
  • Create a poem or song to memorize tough material.
  • Use pictures (images, drawings, colors) to link definitions to new vocabulary words. For example, draw a picture that symbolizes a definition.
  • Explore new areas.
  • Follow your questions.
  • Hang out with people smarter than you.
  • Do something scary.
  • Come up with 10 ideas every day.
  • Every day, substitute positive and uplifting reading material, TV shows, and other media for negative, depressing mental input.
  • Watch educational videos instead of TV.
  • Review any recent or past failures or mistakes for a few minutes a day, and think about what you learned from them and how you can apply what you learned.
  • Mentally challenge yourself during a project or task to push yourself just beyond your comfort zone or a bit longer when you want to quit.
  • Play “smart” games.
  • Take up a mentally challenging hobby like crossword puzzles, Suduko, or other brain games to keep your brain active.
  • Memorize a poem, a quote or piece of prose every day.
  • During a daily task or work project, stop before proceeding and ponder a new, more creative way to approach or implement the work.
  • When you make a decision during the day, use critical thinking skills using self-examination, review of possible outcomes, and consideration of alternatives.
  • Teach other people what you learn.

9. Love & Relationships

  • Begin every morning by offering your spouse/partner a hug and saying, “I love you.”
  • Mindfully catch yourself saying something disparaging or negative to your spouse and change your words.
  • Every day, brainstorm some kind act or gift you can offer your loved one unconditionally.
  • Practice asking for what you want and need in the relationship — emotionally, sexually, and otherwise.
  • Determine your relationship boundaries and put them into practice every day.
  • Create daily practices to add romance, intimacy, and sexuality to your relationship.
  • Set aside a special time each day to simply sit and have a conversation with your spouse.
  • Take time every day or week to learn more about your partner by asking growth-oriented relationship questions.
  • Actively replace controlling or critical comments with supportive, loving language.
  • When you feel angry at your partner, practice the habit of breathing and counting to 20 before speaking.
  • Create a daily habit of doing something fun together.
  • Practice open and honest communication rather than passive-aggressive behaviors or words.
  • If you and your partner are apart during the day, find a time to call and talk during the day.
  • Create the habit of cooking and cleaning together daily.
  • Offer your partner regular non-sexual touch.
  • Prolong foreplay by at least five minutes beyond what you think is expected.
  • Pay attention to how your lover is responding.
  • Hold off on eating anything substantial in the two hours before you expect to make love. If you must eat in that time frame, keep it light and easy to digest.
  • Engage in prolonged eye contact.
  • Set up a sensual environmental. Clean up the bedroom; light candles.
  • Get in touch with your playful side. Laugh; relax; have fun.

10. Personal Growth

  • Define your core values and every day plan your activities and make decisions using these values as a guide.
  • Take 30 minutes to an hour every day working toward finding your life passion.
  • Every morning read something inspiring, informative, or uplifting to support your self-awareness and inner development.
  • Write a vision for who you want to be and how you want to live, and take one action a day to make the vision real.
  • Make a list of all of the assumptions and beliefs you hold (about people, politics, religion, society, etc.) and take a few minutes each day to challenge a belief and research a contrary opinion or fact.
  • Begin to let go of attachments to material things by giving away or throwing away things every day.
  • Notice when you are acting or making choices in order to please other people and practice pleasing yourself first.
  • Catch yourself when you start to whine or complain, and say something grateful and positive instead.
  • When you find yourself making excuses, practice the habit of being honest with yourself and others.
  • Develop the habit of being a creator rather than a reactor by mindfully deciding how you want to live.
  • Begin the habit of behaving compassionately and generously toward everyone you encounter.
  • Actively work on healing old wounds and limiting beliefs every day through counseling, coaching, reading, and self-awareness.
  • Define your own integrity and the specific behaviors related to your integrity and practice them daily.
  • Get in the habit of paying attention to your intuition and using it to help you make decisions.
  • List three things you genuinely like about yourself. Read those three things out loud.
  • Stand up straight. Let your hands hang naturally at your sides.
  • Dress in clothes that flatter you.
  • Outline your thoughts/words before you enter an intimidating situation. Being prepared will help you feel more confident. Bring cheat notes if acceptable.
  • Refuse to fidget. Instead, go to a private place (car, restroom) where you can stretch and get out the jitters. Then focus on relaxing.
  • Pay attention to the other person instead of your own insecurity.
  • Repeat a mantra in your head.
  • Make a list of things you like about yourself.
  • Ask for compliments from a trusted friend or relative.
  • If you want to be more confident, make a list of things you like about yourself.

11. Productivity

  • Always maintain a sense of Urgency.
  • Begin the habit of waking up earlier each morning. Start with just 5 minutes earlier and work up to an hour over a few weeks.
  • Write down three main goals for the day and begin with the most difficult or challenging first.
  • Do your ONE most important thing first.
  • Schedule your toughest task for your most productive time slot (whenever you typically feel your best) of the day.
  • Arrive at work fifteen minutes before you are expected each morning.
  • Sequester yourself for 45 minutes each day where you can crank uninterrupted on tasks. Consider booking a conference room or putting on noise cancelling earphones and posting a “do not disturb” sign during this time each day.
  • Determine your most productive time of day, and schedule your tasks accordingly.
  • Block Off Time Needed to Finish Tasks Instead of Just Setting Deadlines
  • Develop the habit of removing distractions when you work. Turn off your phone, clear your desk, close browsers on your computer, close your door, etc.
  • Turn off your email for an hour per day. Disconnect from social media for chunks of the day.
  • Practice saying “no” to those who interrupt your time.
  • Do things today that make more time tomorrow.
  • Set daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines for completing tasks and goals.
  • When you have big goals to accomplish, break them down into smaller tasks or habits and work on them one by one.
  • Schedule out your day, setting mini goals and milestones throughout the day. Then race against your self-set goals for accomplishing tasks.
  • Practice batching similar tasks together, such as making all of your calls or responding to emails at the same time.
  • Write a list of the no-so-urgent tasks you consistently avoid, and set aside 30 minutes a day to work on them.
  • When you begin working on a project or task, set a timer for 30 minutes or an hour, and work non-stop until the timer goes off.
  • Take a break every hour. Stand up, stretch, use the restroom or get a drink.
  • Write an “I Did” list.
  • Consider all of the obligations, clubs, projects, subscriptions, etc. that take up unnecessary time or aren’t a top life priority and begin to let them go every day.
  • Begin the habit of making purchases online rather than going to stores.
  • Implement a reboot at 1 p.m. every day. Assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing. If you wait until 5 p.m. to evaluate your day, you’re out of time and in crisis mode, putting out fires.
  • Make quick decisions on things in your inbox, do not put them off. Letting stuff pile up is procrastinating on making decisions. Process your inboxes (email, physical, voicemail, notebook) at least once a day, and more frequently if needed. When you process, do it from the top down, making a decision on each item, as in GTD: do it (if it takes 2 minutes or less), trash it, delegate it, file it, or put it on your to-do list or calendar to do later. See Getting Your Email to Empty and Keeping Your Desk Clear for more.
  • Set MITs for week, day. Each week, list the Big Rocks that you want to accomplish, and schedule them first. Each day, create a list of 1-3 MITs (basically your Big Rocks for the day) and be sure to accomplish them. Do your MITs early in the day to get them out of the way and to ensure that they get done.
  • Do one task at a time, without distractions. This is one of the most important habits in ZTD. You must select a task (preferably one of your MITs) and focus on it to the exclusion of all else. First, eliminate all distractions. Shut off email, cell phone, Internet if possible (otherwise just close all unnecessary tabs), clutter on your desk (if you follow habit 2, this should be pretty easy). Then, set a timer if you like, or otherwise just focus on your task for as long as possible. Don’t let yourself get distracted from it. If you get interrupted, write down any request or incoming tasks/info on your notepad, and get back to your task. Don’t try to multi-task. See How NOT to Multi-Task for more.



4.12. Self-Confidence

  • After you brush your teeth, pause for a moment and smile at yourself.
  • Write a list of all of your positive qualities, skills, and talents and read it in the morning and evening before bed.
  • Every day, consciously practice confident body language by smiling, looking others in the eye, and standing up straight.
  • Take care of your personal appearance every day. Dress nicely, get your hair styled, put on make-up, and groom yourself well. When you look your best, you feel more self-confident.
  • Practice walking with an air of confidence, even if you don’t feel it.
  • Every day examine your limiting beliefs about yourself. Then challenge a belief by finding evidence from your life that disputes it.
  • Determine an area of weakness you would like to improve upon and take daily action for improvement.
  • Learn about the skills of emotional intelligence and begin practicing emotionally intelligent behaviors.
  • Develop the habit of taking small actions toward whatever it is you feel fearful about.
  • Practice authenticity every day. Be genuine and real, and have the courage to be your true self. Do not say things that are false, even to yourself.
  • Get in the habit of practicing self-compassion and self-love, even if you don’t feel it right away. Forgive yourself, take care of yourself, and learn to appreciate your uniqueness.

13. Sleep

  • Create a consistent bedtime ritual to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep.
  • Go to sleep at the same time each night.
  • Enforce or create the habit of getting enough sleep. Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier a night and add to that time over the next few weeks until you are getting the optimal amount of sleep.
  • Schedule at least eight hours (possibly nine – find out what you need) of sleep per night. Getting adequate sleep will improve your mood, give you more energy, make it easier to absorb new material, help you make healthier eating choices and improve your work performance.
  • Keep daily activities out of the bedroom; retire to the bedroom a half hour before bed, using the bedroom for sleeping and bed-related activities.
  • Lower the temperature in your bedroom and use a heavy blanket for warmth.
  • Dim the lights in that half hour before bed. Cover (or move) all LED lights in the room.
  • Do not drink alcohol; instead drink a cup of herbal tea in that hour before bed.
  • Do not drink caffeine after 2:00 p.m.
  • Exercise, but not within two hours of bedtime.
  • Meditate, pray or journal for ten minutes as part of your nightly bedtime routine.
  • Turn on a sound machine (ocean, rain, white noise) for the night.
  • Snuggle (with a person or pet) – the rhythmic breathing of another living being will help you relax.
  • Tense up all of your muscles, and then relax them, repeatedly, until you feel completely relaxed.
  • Deliberately visualize something pleasant and calming as you relax in bed.
  • Wake up at the same time every morning (including weekends and holidays.)

14. Social

  • Make a conscious effort to smile.
  • Relax. Roll your shoulders, sit up straight and open your stance. Uncross your arms and let your palms rest open, facing up. All of this sends the vibe that you are confident and approachable.
  • Make eye contact with someone new.
  • Establish and maintain eye contact. Hold the other person’s gaze longer than you usually would, but not so long as to stare.
  • Make a habit to introduce yourself to someone new every day
  • Ask open-ended questions about this new person’s preferences.
  • Talk about common ground issues.
  • Find a way to laugh together. Tell a joke, make a self-deprecating statement or engage in an activity that makes you both laugh. Laughter is bonding.
  • Refuse to gripe, complain or talk about anything negative.
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Deflect Partisan Conversations – Arguments about politics and religion never have a “right” answer, but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can’t control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: “Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt.”
  •  Be mindful to stay in regular contact with your friends and to see them frequently.
  • Get in the habit of initiating fun outings and interactions, even if you are the one doing this most of the time.
  • Practice open and honest communication with your friends and share both your good and bad life events.
  • Learn the habit of active listening when your friend needs your ear without offering unrequested input or advice.
  • Make a habit of telling your friends how much you value and appreciate them.
  • Compliment one person every day.
  • Practice radical reliability and trustworthiness with your friends.
  • In every encounter with your friends, treat them the way you want to be treated.
  • Decide exactly how much time you want to spend with friends, and actively carve that time out of your week and make it happen.
  • Create special rituals that involve your friends or include them in family rituals.
  • When you find yourself judging your friend, substitute those thoughts with acceptance thoughts and reminders of what you love about your friend.
  • Pay attention to how you talk about and treat yourself in front of your friends, as they may treat you as you treat yourself.
  • On a regular basis, find ways to surprise and delight your friends with gifts, your words, new activities, or surprise visits.
  • Make a habit of thanking someone with a card or email as soon as possible after they give you a gift or do something for you.
  • Faithfully return phone calls right away
  • Continuously seek out ways to improve their relationships.
  • Acknowledge dates that are important to others.

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