The list of habits that uplevel our lives in a BIG way.

You see, our lives are built up of tiny habits that we do every day. Whether we even know we’re doing them. Those habits hurt or help us, and our lives are a direct reflection of them.

Sure, they are often so small that you don’t notice the impact right away. But over time they make ALL the difference.

So, as we’re looking ahead at the new year, we need a big list of life-changing habits for success. Let’s think about the ways in which we want to go forward.

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The list is broken down into three categories: healthy, happy, and impactful. So, jot down your favorites below and start brainstorming about those better habits and resolutions for 2020

LIST OF HEALTHY HABITS

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”

Robert Urich

Our health directly impacts the REST of our lives. No one wants to spend their days SICK and TIRED. Furthermore, we get one body in this lifetime, so let’s take care of it to the best of our ability.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (1-39)

1. Breathe in fresh air every day. Preferably in nature.

2. Move your body for 30 minutes every day.

3. Prioritize sleep – get those 8 hours! Develop a sleeping ritual

4. Eat a salad

5. Try a new healthy recipe

6. Take a walk at lunch

7. Use the stairs instead of the elevator

8. Stand at your desk. Or get a standing desk or stability ball

9. Wear sunscreen

10. Have a regular dance party

11. Floss

12. Stay OUT of the middle processed food aisles at the store

13. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Keep it on your nightstand.

14. Drink green or herbal tea

15. Cook at home more often (instead of eating out)

16. Take a multi-vitamin or supplements you’re lacking

17. Reduce or give up soda

18. Go on a regular evening walk with your pets or family

19. Park your vehicle farther away

20. Set up “walk meetings” at work

21. Join a new workout class for a month

22. Plan your meals a week in advance

23. Buy smaller plates to eat from (to control portion sizes)

24. Read food labels, aim for ingredients you can pronounce

25. Stop eating after dinner

26. Drink a glass of water before eating

27. Try easy substitutions (milk chocolate to dark chocolate, ranch to olive oil based dressings, etc.)

28. Cut back or eliminate alcohol and caffeine

29. Try a new natural beauty product

30. Use essential oils instead of products with artificial ingredients. Check out SherryStrong.org for 9 basic cleaning recipes using oils.

31. Drink chamomile tea before bed

32. Find a low sugar smoothie recipe you love

33. Quit smoking

34. Make one healthy snack or meal ahead every week

35. Aim for one extra vegetable in your meal

36. Straighten your posture

37. Eat less meat

38. Include strength training in your exercise. Building your muscles burns calories while you sit.

39. Make healthy freezer meals for emergencies.

Want more healthy ideas? Check out 23 Crazy Easy Ways to be Healthier in 2020.

HABITS TO BE HAPPY

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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

Charles R. Swindoll

No matter what else we do in our lives, if we’re not happy, what’s the point?! Plus, fulfillment and contentment are completely within our control. So, let’s cultivate those habits that help us to enjoy life to the fullest.

BE HAPPY (40-68)

40. Wake up with gratitude

41. Set a timer for phone and social media time, or unplug for an hour daily

42. Limit your news consumption

43. Journal and write down those thoughts

44. Take care of yourself. Practice self care regularly

45. Listen to people and media that inspire you

46. Listen to music that lifts you up

47. Get outside regularly or open your shades daily

48. Work to let go of what you can’t change

49. Give yourself a compliment every day or finish this sentence “I love myself because __________.”

50. Meditate

51. Look on the bright side. Practice finding the silver lining daily

52. Schedule regular date nights and time together with your partner

53. Be playful with your kids. Let your hair down

54. Declutter your personal space regularly

55. Find a church or spiritual place that resonates with you

56. Say no often to what doesn’t excite you

57. Invest in experiences

58. Establish meaningful traditions with friends and family

59. Smile at yourself in the mirror

60. Eat one meal a day with others (family, friends, etc)

61. Make your bedroom a sanctuary

62. Have more sex. Schedule it if you need to

63. Invest regularly in things that makes you feel confident and great about yourself

64. Pray

65. Watch less tv

66. Ask for help. Often

67. Laugh often. Watch a funny show, tell jokes, or be with friends

68. Set up a reoccurring date with your friends

LIST OF HABITS TO MAKE AN IMPACT

“Focus on impact. Not Approval.”

Tim Ferriss

The following habits focus on two objectives. First, making your life better, more productive, and successful. And second, making the lives of those around you better, whether it be your family, friends, or a larger reach.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE (69-99)

69. Go first. Be the first to smile and say hi to everyone

70. Fill your home with real plants and greenery

71. Prioritize your to-do list. Do the most difficult thing FIRST.

72. Save money regularly with an automatic transfer

73. Invest your money regularly (in yourself, investment vehicles, or something that leads to your brighter future)

74. Set up your money to automatically transfer into a giving fund

75. Compliment a stranger

76. Befriend someone that makes you want to be better

77. Do something that scares you every day. Get outside of that comfort zone!

78. Read for 10 minutes a day from a personal growth book

79. Make a 5 year plan and review it regularly

80. Develop a nourishing morning routine

81. Make your nights count, set up a nightly routine

82. Try a spending freeze

83. Visualize your ideal day/future

84. Write down your goals

85. Read to your kids

86. Call a friend or family member to check up on them

87. Hang out with smart and open-minded people

88. Volunteer your time

89. Track your finances weekly

90. Don’t be afraid of failing. In fact, fail often. Then reflect and learn. Failures = feedback

91. Plan your day. I love this productivity planner.

92. Set goals

93. Keep track of your progress towards habits and goals

94. Make family dinners happen.

95. Practice a growth mindset. How did I fail today? How did I stretch myself?

96. Implement the Pareto Principle (the 80/20 rule). 20% of your actions give you 80% of your results. Work on that which makes the highest impact.

97. Review and reflect often

98. Learn something every day. Through blogs, books, youtube videos, podcasts, TedTalks…the sky’s the limit.

99. Start. Right now. Just do it.

WHERE to Start

This is a pretty big habits list though right? So, what if we don’t know where to start?

Well, here are the top 5 habits that will either improve your life the most dramatically and/or make all the other habits of this list easier.

1. DAILY EXERCISE

When you exercise you have more energy to take on your day. Studies show you’re better focused, less stressed, and can more easily stay at a healthy weight. This one habit benefits us in countless ways.

2. ENOUGH SLEEP

Sleep impacts almost all of your daily choices. As with exercise, good sleep will help you have more energy, but it will also be easier to make better decisions and learn new things.

Related Post: How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

3. REPLACE ONE MEAL A DAY

With just one healthy meal replacement like a salad, vegetable soup, or smoothie you’ll be giving yourself more energy and protection against future disease and cancer. Isn’t your body worth it? NONE of the other habits will happen if you’re sick.

4. MEDITATE

The truth is, I wish I’d learned to meditate years earlier. If you sit for long enough, it’s like a tranquilizer dart hit just the right spot. Meditation lowers stress, anxiety, and depression. And improves focus and memory function. Making all the other habits on the list much more doable.

5. ESTABLISH SUCCESSFUL ROUTINES

Finally, a good morning and night routine will include several of the amazing habits above, therefore, making it ten times easier to do the right things.

Related Posts: 11 Smart Things to do at Night for More Daytime Success, 10 Powerful Things to do in the Morning to Conquer Your Day

Next up, learn HOW to get these habits to work!

HOW to Practice Good Habits

How to practice good habits

Now, building better habits takes time and requires consistent work. Unfortunately, there’s no magical quick fix. Here are 8 easy tips for how to make your habits stick in 2020.

START SMALL

Like tiny. One of the biggest mistakes we make with new habits is that we go too grand. Then, we get discouraged and give up.

Want to exercise more often? Start with just getting on your workout clothes. Want to floss daily? Aim for just getting the floss out, or flossing one tooth. It’s about forming the consistent habit FIRST. Then, you build on it.

Figure out the good habit you can and start from there.

BE INTENTIONAL

Without a plan, we’re destined to fail. So, write out when, where, and how long you will do your new amazing habit before you get started.

USE EXISTING HABITS

Habits that are already ingrained in us are great triggers for a new habit. So, think about what you already habitually do. For example, my sister started the habit of drinking a glass of water every morning by telling herself she had to before she got her cup of coffee. Simple, but effective.

MAKE THE HABIT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE

Set up your environment so that doing the right thing is the path of least resistance. Set your floss out on the counter, hide that junk food, or place your journals and pen on your bed. Make the habit as easy and obvious as possible. Decide what makes it easy to follow through and set it up.

FIND YOUR PEOPLE

Truly, we do average out to be the people we spend the most time with. So, if you want healthier habits, hang out with healthy and fit people. The same goes for any other habits you want to form in 2020.

AUTOMATE

The best thing about automation is that it’s one and done. Smaller plates help us eat less. Automatic transfers make saving and giving painless. And standing desks get us up. Figure out if there’s anything you can do to automatically be better, and you’ll naturally adapt.

REWARD YOURSELF

Great habits often don’t give us immediate rewards. The benefits take time to accumulate. In the meantime, give yourself a reward with something that makes you feel great.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Finally, track what you’re doing! Whether through a habit tracker, diary, or an accountability partner. How will you know if you’re improving if you don’t see your progress?

For more on how to make better habits work, check out this post: How to Build Better Habits, From the Expert.

Something to Consider

Who doesn’t want to be healthy, happy, and impactful? These are at the core of our being!

And it takes one small step at a time to get there. The New Year is always a great time to evaluate where we are headed, and what we can focus on in the future.

So, cheers to a bright future!

Of this big list of habits, what are the small practices that you’re going to work on in 2020? I’d love to know below!

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