What Daily Habits Do You Have That Have Improved Your Life The Most?

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I've found that having a routine and doing certain things have made me much happier and more productive at work. It could be anything, for example things I do that I think would benefit everyone are: read, work out, listen to podcasts instead of music and journal.

I'm trying to incorporate more of these activities such as yoga, morning pages and creative outlets. What do you do everyday you couldn't live without? What creative outlets do you have?

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Jun 6, 2019

two things for me:
(1) in the morning get up and go.

I use to be someone who was very slow in the morning, would have to get up, eat breakfast, check the news, mess around on my phone. It was a big waste of time. If you have the ability to wake and up get started on the day quicker, you can get more done.

(2) automate as much as you can

For example, I meal prep a lot for the week. It takes out a lot of worrying about lunch/dinner, but I make different things so its always mixed up. I think its important to try and take out the minor stresses of life so you can focus on bigger things.

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Jun 6, 2019

I wake up and reach for my phone. If the difference between the time it is and the time I have something on my calendar in the morning is long enough, I'll go to the gym. If not, I'll read a bit and then go to work. After work I'll collapse into a heap for about an hour before doing minor chores and some sort of mindless activity (video games, Netflix, HBO, watching sports, etc.) before going to bed, only to wake again and continue the cycle.

The daily habit that has improved my life the most is going to work. Engaging employment and good compensation do wonders for a life.

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Jun 6, 2019

Going to the Gym,

I have never really been fat but maybe a little out of shape. Going to the gym at least 4-5 times a week every morning or after work, depending on how I'm feeling, has given me so much energy to do things I otherwise would not. For example overall work ethic has increased at work, I'm not nearly as exhausted when I get back to the girlfriend, proactively hanging out with friends more often simply because I have more energy, etc.

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Jun 6, 2019

I started doing 20 minute treadmill runs right after I wake up and they have been very helpful. I get to work fully energized and way more productive. It's also helped me limit my caffeine intake so I don't really have any crashes throughout the day now.

Jun 6, 2019

Reading and working out every week night.

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Jun 6, 2019

Making my bed - honesty. Small sense of accomplishment, have one thing in order, basis for being organized - idk but i never used to do it and now I do and it's fucking great.

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Jun 6, 2019

Others have gotten quite a few of these in, but a few habits come to mind below for each part of the day...

MORNING
* Try not to hit the snooze button
* Chug a giant glass of water
* Make bed
* Meditate
* Workout if possible
* Optimize your getting ready routine
* Try to commute early to avoid the rush/stress

DAY
* Try to cycle off of caffeine every once and awhile (drink water instead)
* Eat light / prepare your food for the day if you can
* Block similar tasks together and avoid getting sucked into checking emails every 2 minutes
* Take the time to just sit up straight and take some deep breathes
* Always write things down

NIGHT
* When you get home, immediately change out of your work clothes
* If you prefer to workout at night go for it
* Try to call a different friend every night for 10-15 minutes
* Explore your hobbies (if possible, or just do those on the weekend)
* I have a 30 minute block where I go through all my to-do lists/calendars to plan for the next day
* Read
* Skincare

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Jun 6, 2019
Excelling:

* Try to call a different friend every night for 10-15 minutes
* Explore your hobbies (if possible, or just do those on the weekend)

I think this in particular is really good. Even if you like the people that you work with, I feel like a lot of people bottle up their emotions throughout the day so it helps to vent to someone every so often and let off some steam, as well as just catching up in general.

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Jun 7, 2019

You lost me at skincare, Bateman. Luckily that was the last thing on the list. Good list.

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Jun 7, 2019

Skincare takes like two minutes per day and helps immensely with your appearance. Every dude on this site should (i) stop buying 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash from the drug store and (ii) buy a nice face cleanser and moisturizer.

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Jun 11, 2019

Hims. More than just products for your sleepy peepy https://www.forhims.com/skin-care

Jun 7, 2019

This is great man. The one that stood out the most was call a different friend every night. I started doing that just because I'm away from home and it honestly makes such a difference in my day

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Jun 10, 2019

Is this Dre Drexler?

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Jun 16, 2019
Excelling:

* Try to call a different friend every night for 10-15 minutes

2nd to this. Few of my very close friends moved interstate for work/study and the calls help a lot to destress and stay in touch.

Jun 6, 2019

joined a really nice gym with all the extra amenities, so worth it

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Jun 7, 2019
  1. Get up freakishly early. Go to bed early. No brain == no productivity == no money. Thanks Ben Franklin! Seriously, my bedtime is earlier than when I was a kid. [cries softly to self]
  2. Lists! Lists! Lists! Measure everything! Scrum your work life! I never wanted to be that guy, yet here we are. The inescapable conclusion of life is that what gets measured, gets managed. I use Bear, Trello, Things, ATracker PRO.
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Jun 7, 2019

Bump up those rookie numbers, so to speak.

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Jun 7, 2019
  • I walk to work every day, despite owning a car. It takes about 10-12 minutes, but it's refreshing and helps me focus for the work day.
  • Took culinary classes. Not only was I able to cook higher quality meals, but it elevated my social life in ways that I wouldn't imagine. Also has saved me a lot of money on dates. I know how to cook Korean, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, some Indian and of course typical American dishes.
Jun 7, 2019

Would be amazed if you decided to drive a 10-minute-walking distance

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Jun 7, 2019

I should have been more clear. I moved to a place nearby so that I could walk to work.

Jun 9, 2019
Guywithtoaster:

- I walk to work every day, despite owning a car. It takes about 10-12 minutes, but it's refreshing and helps me focus for the work day.

  • Took culinary classes. Not only was I able to cook higher quality meals, but it elevated my social life in ways that I wouldn't imagine. Also has saved me a lot of money on dates. I know how to cook Korean, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, some Indian and of course typical American dishes.

Walking wise, same for me. I walk to work but with weather now even sometimes skip. I come in dripping in sweat, due to humidity.

Food wise, that's awesome. Really awesome.

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Jun 7, 2019

One thing that helped me a lot is that I changed my attitude about short workouts. This will only be relevant for those who are physically close to the gym.

I used to think workouts need to be 40 minutes at least, just to justify the hassle of going there, changing, showering etc. But then if I got busy at work I'd skip the gym for weeks.

So eventually I just said fuck it, I'll do short workouts every day. 15-20 min. What I learned is, it's still efficient. My mental energy declines sharply as a workout drags, so a 20 min workout gets me like 90% of the results of a 40 min workout.

Other benefits. I'm gone for so little time that people don't even feel like I really left the office. Also sometimes, depending on the exercise, I don't even break a sweat and don't need to shower afterward. It's also less of a drag to work out because I know I don't have to bust my ass for very long.

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Jun 12, 2019

I used to focus on the minutiae of working out, eating healthy - the whole deal. I would stress so much about getting the right nutrients and 'putting the time in' at the gym that it deter me from continuing a few weeks in.

I used to watch the Bro Science videos with Dom Mazzetti (if you haven't seen any, go watch a few. He's an over-the-top saterically funny character) and he had this bit where he answered viewer questions. This particular question asked about alcohol consumption negatively impacting gains. Usually his advice is heavily on the bro side of things and more funny than useful. In short, he said f it - are you training to be Mr. Universe? No - you're training to look good naked. A couple beers in the grand scheme of things isn't going to turn you into a fat slob. This was a light bulb moment for me - I didn't need to stress about every single detail surrounding the gym but as long as it was a net positive, I'm good.

TLDR: Dom Mazzetti actually gave impactful advice.

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Jun 7, 2019

Podcasts are so overrated, bro. That's my biggest petpeeve of 2019, this fantasization of the podcast. It's just a streamed, non-syndicated radioshow. It's such a bubble and it's stupid.

Music is much more of a getaway from everything than some podcast. Art is very important to mindbending, while a podcast is literally some focused thought. They're the opposite and I would argue music is 10x more important as part of a daily routine.

/rant

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Jun 7, 2019

You obviously haven't been listening to the Quoth the Raven podcast.

Jun 9, 2019

Holy shit I just came across this podcast. Can not stop laughing. His philly accent makes him sound like a cooler/edgier/smarter(?) Jim Cramer.

Jun 7, 2019

I agree with the fact that a lot of podcasts can be put into that category. However, there are some episodes that I've found to be very beneficial.

Same things with music, music can just be a mindless thing to me, but other really stimulates my mind and I can appreciate. I think the key to both is screening what you listen to and doing it in moderation.

Jun 8, 2019

Podcasts are becoming a petpeeve of mine too. Regardless of the content, they all still sound the same. The same tone of voice, same corny music in between topics etc.

Jun 19, 2019
iBankedUp:

Podcasts are so overrated, bro. That's my biggest petpeeve of 2019, this fantasization of the podcast. It's just a streamed, non-syndicated radioshow. It's such a bubble and it's stupid.

Music is much more of a getaway from everything than some podcast. Art is very important to mindbending, while a podcast is literally some focused thought. They're the opposite and I would argue music is 10x more important as part of a daily routine.

/rant

Wholeheartedly agree. Listen to real music and actually commit to it (listen to albums you haven't heard before straight through, consciously, not as background sound) and you'll get much more out of it than most podcasts you listen to. The problem is that the benchmark for most is just some droning spotify playlist that they use as background distraction.

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Jun 7, 2019

Not a daily habit, but I've outsourced almost all chores. Maid for household, cleaning service for suits and shirts, my gym does my gym laundry, travel agent books all my travels, concierge service gets me reservations etc.

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Jun 7, 2019

Just wondering what do your monthly expenses look like?
You can PM me if you feel the need to.

Jun 7, 2019

Maid is PS150 a month, cleaning service is about PS60-PS100, gym is PS80. Travel agent and concierge service are free through my bank's customer program. I know it's money that I could have saved for later, but I think there's no point in having money unless you're gonna spend it making your life easier/more comfortable/more enjoyable.

Jun 7, 2019

Going to the gym for around 2 hours a day certainly helped my health. At night, I spend around an hour on my skin care routine and overall hygiene. After that, I read either some Finance books for Political Biographies then go to bed somewhere between 1 and 2 am. Feel great getting better everyday.

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Jun 7, 2019

How many hours of sleep do you get? I doubt I'd be able to sustain a 1 am bedtime daily.

Jun 7, 2019

4 to 5 hours a day. I maintain a permanent racoon-like look to pair with my gray skin

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Jun 7, 2019

Sleep

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Jun 7, 2019

-steady diet; this is because I developed a pretty serious allergy and can't eat a lot of the stuff I eat anymore. So I simply rationalized and routinized what I eat, which allows a good flow of energy during the day. I often skip dinner and yet I'm often not tired even at 10 pm.
-workouts; again, your body legitimately feels lighter; I'm an angry dude and helps a lot whenever I'm about to go nuclear on someone. There are plenty of benefits on the mind as well, ranging from clearer thought process and better memory.
-reading at least 40 pages of a book every day. It can take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Outcome: you hold your own in chats about a ton of subjects and learn from other people's mistakes. It also helps attracting like-minded people. My girlfriend gave me a chance at first simply because I knew a nice story about her home country.

Jun 7, 2019

discipline and flexibility. when I was at my ultimate douchiness in my mid/late 20's, I thought I had to be as regimented as a SEAL cadet, doing many of the habits listed above but with ruthless rigidity. I would refuse to go out because of my routine, not get engaged with people who wanted to communicate during inconvenient (yet totally reasonable) times, but as I've gotten older I've realized life comes at you fast and it's easy to get overly intense. life is about balance.

so yes, you should exercise, you should go to bed early, you should not reach for the phone right away in the morning, you should cut back on booze, you should use do not disturb on your phone, but hey, let's be real. life is about balance. while it's harmful to be extremely undisciplined, it's equally harmful to be as rigid as if you were on parris island.

sometimes you want to go to bed at 9pm but the game goes into extra innings and you're watching with an old friend. so yeah, I'm going into work hungover and waking up 30 minutes later, big whoop. sometimes you want to get a workout in but the train is late, the gym is so fucking packed, and your day was really shitty so all you really wanna do is stretch a little at home and have a beer, THATS OK.

if you're 100% regimented, you're also 100% boring. build good habits, but also don't forget humans aren't perfect.

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Jun 8, 2019

Building better communication and being able to talk to others regardless of their background/situation goes a long way. Being engaged with people taught me a lot about myself over the years and the experience really changed me for the better good.

It is about balance, and this is something that will not happen overnight.

No pain no game.

Jun 17, 2019
thebrofessor:

the gym is so fucking packed,

Sorry for being late to the party, but I would SB this 100 times if I could. Nothing is more soul destroying than getting pumped to go lift, only to wait 45 minutes to get to an available squat rack because of fuckery...

Jun 8, 2019

Reading the Bible daily. It really puts things in perspective and broadens your view of the world. Before faith, I was obsessed with all sorts of earthly things that caused stress (politics, philosophy, economics, etc.). They were intellectual exercises that didnt produce value. Just confusion.

The simplicity and beauty of Gods Word creates a calmness. A sense of reassurance.

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Jun 9, 2019

I stopped jerking off--it has really improved my mood and energy levels

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Jun 13, 2019

fake news

Jun 6, 2019

I heard that's true, but doesn't sound easy.

Jun 9, 2019

Morning raves are the shit. Hit up a group of friends and jump around for an hour. Check this out: https://www.daybreaker.com/. Its not a sustainable everyday thing but it definitely works wonders to improve your mood every now and then.

When life gives you kefir and flour, make some blins.
Jun 13, 2019

I had no idea this was even a thing.
Thank you!

Jun 11, 2019

I know this might sound a little weird but the first thing after waking up is making my bed. It gives me the small confidence of accomplishing a small task to get my mind straight to work on harder task. I think if you slowly start minuscule tasks, it helps build the confidence to accomplish larger goals.

Jun 13, 2019

so Admiral McRaven was right!

Jun 7, 2019

I've started doing this, game changer. the smallest amount of extra discipline sets your mind right for the day. that said, it's about balance, so sometimes if you have a nice romp in the morning you don't want to start a greenhouse gas effect of bodily juices, so yeah...it depends.

Jun 13, 2019

hiring a maid so that my meals are cooked for me

Jun 13, 2019

Carry around a small notebook. 2 actually. One for notes on life stuff: quotes, ideas, smart things you thought of, insightful comments, funny jokes or anecdotes

Another for work stuff-process improvements, interesting excel formulas, financial strategies, concepts, etc.

Each time you refer to or build upon them you'll be strengthening your neurological muscles and making yourself smarter. Read them on airplanes, at laundromats, etc.

I just went through a brutal interview cycle and would update the latter each time a question threw me off-and improved dramatically between rounds from the added research on open items I kept notes on.

Jun 18, 2019
tudorg:

What Daily Habits Do You Have That Have Improved Your Life The Most?

drinking more water

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 18, 2019

I barely drank plain water in high school and always thought my leg cramps were potassium issues. Now I drink it constantly at work and rarely ever get cramps. Plus, it helps with blood flow in the brain.

Jun 19, 2019

I read a TON of Business Insider articles about what Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk did to become successful and I copy everything they do.

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Jun 19, 2019

I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman. Some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me. Only an entity. Something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours, and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I simply am not there.

No but seriously work out every day, pay attention to the news, eat right, always try to learn something new.
I like to say "did I improve myself / learn something / create something / accomplish something today?"

Jun 22, 2019
  1. Hitting the gym daily.
  2. Writing down EXACTLY 3 things to accomplish that day. Only after accomplishing them, is when you can diverge and focus on other things.
Jun 18, 2019

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What Daily Habits Do You Have That Have Improved Your Life The Most? !

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 25, 2019
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Jun 25, 2019
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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Jun 25, 2019