What Habits and Routines Have Helped You the Best?

Did you ever happen to change your habits in order to improve?

I did.

You can integrate simple habits or routines in your day that will make a difference.

Let’s look at three new habits that helped me.

1. Using a Timer

I borrowed this method from legend copywriter Eugene Schwartz. I set my timer for 30 minutes and focus on writing without distraction. After the timer expires, I always use a 5 minute break. I either grab a coffee, stretch or take fresh air.

As a result, I create much more content.

According to the story, Gene went nowhere without his trusty timer.

You can use any timer you wish. This is the one I use and recommend:

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Productivity Timer




2. Bullet Journaling

I discovered bullet journals after I came across this post from Shelby of LittleCoffeeFox.com. She has a wonderful site where she showcases beautiful examples.

After further research, I found this definition:

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

Read more at bulletjournal.com


A bullet journal is a very simple system to help you with your goals and tasks.

I then integrated Mike Rhode’s “Daily Plan Bar” technique. I use it every day in my bullet journal. This method helps me in tracking my time, tasks, accomplish more and stay focused. Here is an example from my notebook:

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Steve’s Bullet Journal – “Daily Plan Bar”

I use a Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Azure notebook because it is dotted. It makes it easier to draw straight lines.

If you are interested in bullet journaling, you will find tons of links in the references below. You can also search Instagram for ‘bullet journal’ with over half a million posts!



3. Don’t Read Emails First Thing in the Morning

I don’t know about you. But I had a tendency to read my emails (and social media channels) first thing in the morning. I decided to turn the tables and get rid of this habit.

This piece of advice comes from Harsh Agrawal of ShoutMeLoud.

[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”Harsh Agrawal”]E-mails are filled with call to actions that other people want you to perform.[/pullquote]

Harsh’s article also stresses the importance to have a morning routine. This is what several overachievers have in common.

I now wait until 11am to read my emails. As a result, I focus on the important stuff first: my tasks and goals.



Now It’s Your Turn

Sometimes, simple tweaks and habit changes can increase your productivity.

What changes did you make that caused significant improvements in your life? Please answer in the box below.


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10 thoughts on “What Habits and Routines Have Helped You the Best?”

  1. Great article, thanks for the advice. Very succinct and useful – I know I could certainly do with a timer. At least I’ve already got a journal system going.

    Thanks again!

  2. Hey Steve,

    The habit that’s helped me most is writing (almost) every day. I’m guilty of checking my phone right away when I get up. I’m looking to avoid that in the future. I’m usually on pace to read at least 2 books per month too, which has helped my life in many ways.

    • Hey Ayo,

      Thanks for stopping by pal. I agree with you, writing every day is a must. You know, in 2008, I was one of the first in my circles to purchase an iPhone. This is where my bad habit installed, reading all kinds of stuff that doesn’t really matter. I have tons of unread books which I neglected during all these years. Time for a new start!

      Take care,

  3. Hi Steve,

    Great posts will look at your timer idea.

    Once I start I try to keep writing and not go back to change the text until I’ve finished. This helps ensure I don’t get bogged down in pointless refinements.

    I then like using tools like Grammerly and HemingwayApp. They help me shorten text and resolve any issues.

    Keep up the great work.


    • Hi Justin,

      Thanks for stopping by. You are right, we must avoid distractions when writing. I like Grammarly too. However, because I write most of my blogs in Google docs, I use ProWritingAid for editing.
      I just browsed your blog and you have quite a few interesting name generation tools!


  4. Thanks for the kind words about the generators Steve.

    Also; just started to look at ProWritingAid looks great thanks for the tip.


  5. Hi Steve
    Thanks for this wonderful article. The thing I most liked is about checking emails. The first thing I do in the morning is, checking emails and other notifications. You(and Harsh) got a valid point there and I am going to change that habit and see results

    • Hi Tim, glad you liked the article. Checking emails 1st thing in the morning can drag me away from my goals 😉 That’s why I wait until I produce some useful stuff like writing posts / reviews, creating ad / coupon on my website, answering comments, etc.

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