There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Amanda Garbade | Clinically Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, and Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Habits for Success: Mindfulness: A habit of mindfulness is going about my daily activities with a mindful point of view, almost like a step back, outside of myself observing the situation. The more often I am mindful, aware, and open, the more receptive I am to additional information. I can then make more informed decisions. When I am mindful, I am more aware of my own emotions and how I allow situations and people to effect me. I can then navigate to a place I want to be. When I am mindful, I am also aware of how other people are feeling and what I might do to assist them in navigating their emotions. Basically, mindfulness helps me be a better person. Affirmations: I have a daily habit of using affirmations to better my life. Whatever my mood, is, affirmations help to bring me to a better state. Here are a few of my favorites. 1. “Keep moving forward.” No matter what is in front of me, I have a habit of telling myself to keep moving forward, even just a little, just keep moving forward, little by little, better and better, each and every day in every way. Read more>>

Destiny Hamid | Holistic Health Coach

I think being dedicated to my personal routines/habits like sleeping enough, exercising, studying faithfully, and following up with clients promptly. Read more>>

Shannon Campbell | Creative Director/Fashion Journalist

I think the biggest thing is to always be kind and leave a good impression. Everyone knows everyone in this business so you want the client to love you and keep asking you back! I always send thank you notes – actually write them and put them in the mail. Nobody does that anymore!! Very good practice is to leave a good impression. Also a lot of times I freelance with a company. When you walk in the door- you are no longer you but you are representing the company you are freelancing with. He professional at all times!! But have fun at the same time. Read more>>

Jenifer Janniere | Real Estate Agent

Time blocking! This is one habit that I will never stop implementing. It helps me organize my personal and work life. Another habit that helps me stay consistent in my work life is scheduling everything. Read more>>

Tara Martell | Spiritual Life Coach , Yoga Teacher & Writer

Self-discipline saved my life. When I was in yoga teacher training in 2007 my teacher said, develop a home yoga practice. I had no morning routine or routine at all, so I just practiced yoga everyday whenever my time fit. Then I had read in a book that a morning ritual routine would get your mind in a calm positive state to start your day. So I started meditating and practicing yoga early in the morning. That brought me to open the door to self-discipline. I felt more empowered each day to not react to life. I more disciplined with my time, the energy I am around, the foods I eat, the books I read and the choices I make for my personal well-being. Read more>>

Julia Flores | Permanent Makeup Artist, Skin Specialist, and Educator

I live by my habits- always striving for excellence, being punctual, never giving up, and following the Golden Rule. I really think these have helped me with my success. I give every client my all! I always try to put myself in a client’s shoes by thinking “If I were paying for this service, would I be happy?” or, “What would I expect from a service like this?” I feel that this thought process has helped me immensely to make sure my clients are happy and would recommend me to their friends or families. Read more>>

Kara Lay | Health Coach

There is no magic formula to success and what has worked for me may not work for everyone. The habits that I feel have helped me succeed are: 1. Investing in yourself. And I mean truly investing in yourself. If there is something that you want to achieve, whether it is professionally or personally, put your mind to it and take the risk on yourself. There is no one in the world who will invest in you like you will invest in yourself. 2. Staying consistent. Habits take time to develop so be patient with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. It won’t be easy at first but it will get easier over time until it becomes second nature. Success isn’t built in a day and it is the product hard work and consistency. 3. Taking breaks. There is a common misconception in today’s world that success is made with all work and no rest. We all need some type of work-life balance. Taking the time to rest and recharge will help prevent burnout and can provide you with a fresh, new perspective. Read more>>