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3 types of good habits for an awesome life

Learn how to achieve your ideal life with these 3 types of good habits

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Bad habits lead to a life of regret, while good habits lead to a happier and healthier life.

To produce the best lifestyle for yourself and your loved ones, you need to choose good habits – every day.

Good habits are daily routines which benefit your health, wealth or happiness.

We all have a personal image of our ideal self which seems unattainable because of some convenient excuse that we give ourselves.

Meanwhile, the only thing standing between you and your ideal self is the decision to adopt good daily habits which bring you closer to your goal.

Small daily habits compound over time to produce immense results in the long term. Learn how to choose the best habits for yourself and make the most of them.

The 3 types of good habits

The three types of good habits deal with health, wealth and happiness. Whether individually or together, they outline your self-image and opportunities in life.

In order to build, and fully enjoy, the best life for yourself and your loved ones, you need to pay close attention to the daily habits that affect the quality of your life.

3 types of good habits

Knowing what you ultimately want and how to get it makes a world of difference to the results that you produce.

However, while I encourage you to dream big, it is imperative that you keep your expectations to a minimum and your daily diligence to the maximum. By investing small and consistent effort over time, you will unlock robust growth toward any goal, however far fetched it may be.

Alternatively, being anxious to succeed can make you take wrong steps or invest too much emotion into results. For this reason, when it comes to adopting habits – consistency is the key to success.

“Nobody is a natural. You work hard to get good, then you work harder to get better.” –Paul Coffey

Cultivate your individual habits with care, otherwise they will backfire on you with habit slips. A habit slip can, and will, exchange your good habit for a bad habit dangerously fast. (1)

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How habits work?

Habits are formed through repetition of routines.

Every time you repeat a routine on cue, you are strengthening that particular habit. This process is also known as the habit loop.

By understanding how a habit loop works, you will gain more control over your habits.

The habit loop consists of 3 phases, which are cue, routine and reward.

Cue:

A cue is a signal to perform something rehearsed. Cues come in the form of smells, sounds, feelings, passing thoughts or anything else that may compel you to perform a habitual action.

Tempting cues for bad habits are everywhere you turn. In order to fight them off, you need to have a laser focus on your goals.

Routine:

Very few things in this world unfold as smoothly as the act of indulging a bad habit. Meanwhile, good habit routines are mostly laborious. Therefore, you need to be motivated in order to consistently endure good habit routines.

The trick to maintaining motivation is having meaningful goals. When you are passionate about your goals, your good habits can provide personal satisfaction from working toward a valuable purpose.

Reward:

A bad habit will reward you with a brief instant gratification. However, it will carry a cost which will accumulate over time at the expense of your health, wealth and happiness.

Meanwhile, a good habit provides you with delayed gratification, which delays and compounds the benefits of your effort.

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” — Warren Buffet

Habits have a way of sneaking past your conscious intentions. This is because they rely, for the most part, on your lower brain functions, which are related to long-term memory. (2)

How to adopt multiple habits?

When you connect individual habits into related activities, your habits will start to work together as a habit pattern. (3)

For example, let’s say you decide to start your mornings with a brief work-out. Then, while you’re at it, why not also have a healthy breakfast? In this way, you are building a good habit pattern at a lower cost of time and effort, with an increased range of beneficial results.

There is a catch, though.

The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you allow a habit slip on one habit, you will be putting a strain on the related habits in the pattern.

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By using my planner, I have achieved amazing results with my time management skills, as well as my ability to stay focused when dealing with demanding projects.

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Good health habits

Investing a little bit of time into a few basic health routines will improve your lifelong health and fitness.

Sustaining the habits which contribute to your lifelong health and fitness is easy. You should do light physical exercise several times a week, improve your nutrition and do regular medical checkups.

Other than that, your whole health effort boils down to avoiding bad health habits.

“Healthy habits are learned in the same way as the unhealthy ones – through practice.” –Wayne Dyer

In order to keep your good health habits simple and effective, follow the good health habits diligently and avoid the worst health habits at all cost.

Top 3 best health habits are:

  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Plenty of sleep

Top 3 worst health habits are:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

For obvious reason, drugs and other addictive substances are the biggest enemies to your longevity and lifelong vitality.

Many will rise to defend occasional hedonism, and that’s ok. However, repeated behavior leads to habitual behavior. As you know by now, bad habits are easy to adopt and hard to get rid of, especially when it comes to addictive substances.

Good wealth habits

A financial literacy study published by Children and Youth Services states that “More than half of the emerging adults were found to be financially precarious (32%) or financially at-risk (36%).” (4)

Simply put, just by becoming financially literate you will step into the better half of the wealth distribution.

Money is more than the paper it’s printed on. Having money means having opportunities to enjoy life and pursue your passions. Additionally, it means having a solution to the vast majority of the problems that you and your loved ones encounter.

I strongly suggest that you invest your time into financial education. In the meantime, keep your financial priorities straight by knowing the best and worst financial habits.

Top 3 best financial habits:

  • Budgeting
  • Living within your means
  • Keeping a financial journal

Top 3 worst financial habits:

  • Gambling
  • Impulse buying
  • Careless spending

Money is a tool, nothing more and nothing less. Many people make the fatal mistake of attributing bad qualities of people to money in order to make it seem like the enemy.

Have you heard that “money is the root of all evil” or that “money doesn’t buy happiness”?

People say these things to bolster their ego and make it appear as if they are above the material. Capitalism is meritocratic, even the lowest underdog can make it in this world if they bring merit to the marketplace.

Does money buy happiness?

In a word, no.

However, when used responsibly, money opens up opportunities, solves difficulties, improves living standards and provides a sense of security.

Instead of pulling numerous studies about how money is the leading cause of divorce, or how crime is related to poverty, let me tell you about my own experience.

I used to be one of those childish people who snidely said words like greed and banksters, while swimming in personal debt. There was a price to pay for my cynical attitude – literally. Consequently, poverty made my life miserable in countless ways.

I failed to see the connection between my depression and poverty until I started taking responsibility for my personal finances. Getting out of debt instantly resolved most of my anxieties, while building a personal capital opened up a world of opportunities for my future. With hopes for the future came a feeling of purpose, and my life has been consistently improving since.

Of course, there is more to life than just accumulating some numbers. However, anyone who ever struggled with money can confirm that lack of money makes your life increasingly difficult.

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Happiness habits

Happiness is best defined by the Greek term Eudaimonia. (5)

Commonly translated as happiness or welfare; but also, more accurately, as human flourishing or prosperity.

According to Aristotle, eudaimonia is achieved as a result of working hard, cultivating your virtues and, most importantly, by pursuing a meaningful life.

In order to successfully manage this lifestyle, you must keep your mind disciplined, and clear of bad mental habits that diminish your efforts and your state of mind.

Top 3 best happiness habits:

  • Goal visualization
  • Self-motivation
  • Maintaining confidence

Top 3 worst happiness habits:

  • Making excuses
  • Being stubborn
  • Self-doubt

“Happiness is a state of mind, not a set of circumstances.” –Richard Carlson

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Good habits potential

The three types of good habits come together in a wholesome lifestyle philosophy, which promotes growth in all aspects of lifelong well-being.

Adopting these habits can cost you a lot of time and effort, but you can reduce that cost significantly by using the two best productivity hacks. They are the Pareto principle and Parkinson’s law.

The Pareto Principle:

The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In context, this means that 80% of the good things in your life come from roughly 20% of the good activities you do to benefit your life. (6)

Parkinson’s Law:

Parkinson’s law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”, as it applies to the growth of bureaucracy. (7)

Parkinson's law

This expansion can be easily hacked, simply by optimizing the time available for the completion of a task.

You can hack the Parkinson’s law to boost productivity in two ways. You can either shorten the time assigned for a task, if you need it done ASAP; or you can divide it up into smaller tasks, to be completed over time with minimal effort, if you want to multitask.

The ultimate productivity hack:

Use the Pareto principle to focus on the most profitable goals. Afterwards, apply Parkinson’s law to find the best way to save time and effort.

These two ideas are extremely powerful for charting the quickest route to your goals.

You can repeatedly use Pareto principle for prioritizing your goals and Parkinson’s law for optimizing the time & effort spent on achieving your goals.

Best productivity hack

Does this ignite your imagination with possibilities?

Conclusion

Let’s review what we learned so far about adopting good habits.

  1. The 3 types of good habits are health, wealth and happiness.
  2. A habit loop consists of a cue, routine and reward.
  3. You can adopt multiple habits by building a habit pattern.
  4. Top 3 health habits are regular exercise, healthy nutrition and plenty of sleep.
  5. Top 3 wealth habits are budgeting, living within your means and keeping a financial journal.
  6. Top 3 happiness habits are goal visualization, self-motivation and maintaining confidence.
  7. To unlock your productivity potential you need to use the Pareto principle and Parkinson’s law.

Finally, a key lesson that I want to drive home for you is the following:

Delayed gratification is the secret to success.

If you’re willing to resist the temptation of instant pleasure for the sake of long-term reward, then you can change your life and grow into your ideal self.

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References:

  1. Habit slips.
  2. How the brain controls habits.
  3. Habit patterns.
  4. Financial literacy study.
  5. Eudaimonia.
  6. The Pareto Principle.
  7. Parkinson’s Law.

48 comments on “3 types of good habits for an awesome life

  1. I am thrilled to report that my life is FULL of healthy habits! I get enough sleep, work out every day and eat healthy. This is why I am a VERY happy person! 🙂

    • That’s awesome news GiGi! Health habits are by far the most important among the 3 types of habits. Keep it up!

  2. Avoiding temptation can be hard at times. You really have to have the right mindset in order be successful.

    • Avoiding bad habits can be a full time job. For this reason, it’s best to have a personal accountability system. A planner and journal is the best combination.

  3. What a great post, this will benefit a lot of people including myself.

  4. Very informative article! The good habits research you present is compelling.

    • Thank you Kuntala! Science helps us put ideas into a realistic perspective. I find it very compelling as well. Thanks!

  5. Geraline Batarra

    Oh, I’m struggling with the 3 worst mental habits, haha. Thanks for your advice, it’s really helpful!

    • I sympathise Geraline, mental habits were a big struggle for me as well. However, if you put in the effort to building confidence and improving attitude, the rewards will be life changing!

  6. Very interesting read! I could see me in the bad health habits you mention! I plan to stick to a healthy meal every day in order to improve.

    • We’ve all been there Lau! If you are determined to put in the effort and I am sure you can turn your health habits around. You should download my free monthly success planner, you will find it very useful with turning your bad habits around.

  7. Lyosha Varezhkina

    I have read a lot of articles on the topic of changing habits, but yours was so eye opening! Thank you for summing up so much in one place. I will bookmark this article to return for positive reinforcement when I have trouble building good habits.

    • Thanks a lot Lyosha, I’m really happy you found it so helpful! I invite you to download the free monthly success planner, it will help you immensely with maintaining good habits.

  8. Lavern Moore

    Habits are so important for advancing our life goals and dreams. So many people underestimate the importance of daily habits.

    • I agree Lavern, daily habits will make or break your effort to achieve life goals. Good habits will always lead to peak performance.

  9. Lyosha Varezhkina

    definitely good and working tips on building good habits for everyday life. I enjoyed reading your post a lot!

  10. ktlexius

    Getting plenty of sleep and keeping a financial journal are my two most consistent pitfalls! I love your infographics too!

    • Those are common hurdles for many people. I suggest you download the free printable monthly planner by subscribing. It will help you organize and make more use of your time.

  11. This is so important to make better choices! Very interesting guide to learn about habits. I also like the break down!

    • Thank you Sarah, I’m glad you found it helpful! Learning about habits was a fun and life changing experience for me, so it was a joy to write on the topic.

  12. Great tips! I am guilty of overspending at times and think this article will help me curb my urges. Thank you!

    • Thank you Avanti! Budgeting and logging expenses can teach you financial responsibility. I encourage you to subscribe, you will then receive a printable monthly planner which includes financial planning.

  13. Love this! I love how you covered every area of your life! I need to adopt some better health and money habits personally!

    • Thank you Steph! Health and money habits rely mostly on avoiding bad habits. Therefore, you should focus on your personal accountability. Have you tried using a monthly planner? New subscribers get a free printable planner!

  14. These are all great tips. Having a productive routine and healthy mindset is always important for me.

  15. Financial habits are more important than we realise. We don’t, as a society, really teach our kids the true meaning of wealth and how to handle money responsibly.

    • That is very true Rosie. This is why we have such shocking statistics about financial education in young adults, with less than 50% being financially literate.

  16. Fran Jorgensen

    I was just reading a book on how habits are created and how we can change or transform our bad habits! What a great article!

    • That’s a cool coincidence Fran, I’m glad the article helped reinforce what you learned about habits in the book!

  17. Crystal Gempko

    I love the idea of learning habits with a daily routine! It takes a little bit of repetition in order to make something a habit! Great read!

    • Thanks Crystal! I agree, it’s such a simple but powerful idea. Daily diligence is the best way to ensure peak performance over the long term.

  18. So much great info here! It’s a great break down to see how habits are formed and good to see the top good and bad habits for different things.

    • Thanks Healy! It’s always good to keep in mind the habits which produce most results one way or another. This way we can put a conscious effort to avoiding the worst and cultivating the best habits.

  19. Love this post! I’m always looking for ways to improve life and planning is my favorite thing to do. The hardest part is sticking to the plan!

    • Thanks Katty! That’s an awesome attitude! Sticking to the plan can be a bore, but when you have a clear vision of success, then your planner becomes a friend. I believe that cultivating your life goals is just as important as cultivating good habits.

  20. I’m pleased to say I’m doing ok with my habits. Everything except sleep! And the odd weekend where I have a few beers. Other than that, I’m happy with my lifestyle. Actually, I’m happy even with that!!

    • We all need some way to release tension and live a little. Recreational vices and bad habits are good from time to time, as long as you maintain a responsible lifestyle otherwise.

  21. I absolutely agree with you! These three types of good habits are a must for every person. We all need to take care of our health, wealth and happiness. 🙂

    • Thank you Khushboo, I couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s disheartening to see how many people choose a life of trivial pursuits instead of meaningful goals and fulfilling life. That’s why I’m so passionate about spreading these life lessons to anyone who is willing to learn and improve.

  22. I actually read a lot about this in Cal Newport’s book, “Deep Work” and it seems like you too have a knack for explaining these complicated issues!

    • Thank you Christopher! I’ve been tackling habits for years now so the topic is dear to me. Habits are a major part of personal development!

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