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11 Keystone Habits That Can Improve Your Life

Get 8 hours of sleep per night.

Drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day.

Eat a healthy breakfast.

Drink less caffeine.

Don’t drink alcohol.

Don't watch tv 1 hour before bed.

How much more can you put on your plate?

Setting yourself up for success means creating good habits. Bad habits are hard to break and easy to form. Forming good habits isn't easy. Even the simplest habits are hard to form. Habits take repetition and consistent application of discipline. Some of us just don’t have it. We struggle with forming even the simplest habit like putting out coat away as soon as we walk in the door.

But what if forming new habits as simple as focusing on just one small habit, and growing from there? Wouldn’t it be easier and more reassuring to start with one habit that is easy to achieve everyday and gives you a sense of accomplishment?

Keystone habits can create a positive domino effect in life.

When you feel a sense of achievement because you know you have beat or changed that bad habit, you can see the next victory ahead.

These habits lead to multiple positive effects on your life. They can also affect your behavior. Imagine how much smother the day would go if you put your wallet or purse in the same exact place every time. You wouldn’t be looking through worn jeans in the clothes hamper for your keys when you’re running late.

You can make positive changes in your life that can be minimally painful to start. You’ll probably even see some positive rewards from making habit changes and want to feel more of that awesome, feel good feeling. That’s how you get the ball rolling.

Start with one of these keystone habits and see where they take you:

  1. Make your bed every morning

  2. Make a list of the things you need to accomplish the night before

  3. Exercise

  4. Meditate

  5. Put appointments in a planner and set a reminder notification for every appointment you make

  6. Get your 8 hours of sleep.

  7. Read 10 pages of a book per day

  8. Nurture your inner child/ voice with positive affirmations.

  9. Tidy up immediately after eating

  10. Don’t leave dishes in

  11. Wake up early

Don’t get ambitious.

Choose ONE. focus on it for 30 days. Evaluate your accomplishment. Pick a new habit. Maybe even two.

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