The specific habits you should start are entirely up to you. No one can dictate to you what to do. You are unique, your life story is unique, and your set of circumstances is unique.
When I decided to change my life, I sat down and in less than 15 minutes brainstormed about 15 habits, which should’ve helped me to get what I wanted. I had neglected any self-analysis for 16 years, yet I was right in more than 50% of cases. Now, eight years later, I still practice five out of those original habits.
Listen to advice, but decide on your own. This is the best route.
My best piece of advice, since you are speaking about atomic habits, is to start small. Don’t try to have a new set of habits by tomorrow. Don’t try to create new disciplines that will take hours of your days.
Having said that, I have some habit “samples” that are very universal. They will help everybody and they will impact all three areas you mentioned.
“Income seldom exceeds personal development.” — Jim Rohn
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” — Jim Rohn
However, keep in mind that your personal development should be way ahead of your professional and financial goals. This is what Jim Rohn meant by his sayings.
Take care of yourself. Keep growing, and your career and finances will grow along with you. Neglect your personal development and you will hit a wall sooner or later.
Physical activity is one of the very few keystone habits recognized by science. Keystone habits allow you to develop almost effortlessly more good habits.
And exercising in itself has a zillion of benefits.
Meditations grow your self-awareness. Self-awareness is probably the most universal skill/ trait ever because it helps you with everything in your life, from relationships to making business decisions.
And, like exercises, it has a zillion of additional benefits.
3. Gratitude journal.
Gratitude rewires the brain into positivity. Why it’s important?
“When the brain is positive every possible outcome we know how to test for rises dramatically.” — Shawn Achor
Every possible outcome- health, fitness, education, finances… Every morning write three new things you are grateful for and everything in your life will get better.
It increases self-awareness. See meditation.
And it also leaves a track record.
5. Healthy eating.
Unfortunately, there is no clear definition of what it is. But healthy eating is another keystone habit recognized by science.
My advice? It doesn’t matter much what you eat as long as you eat as many non-processed foods as possible. There are healthy people on the Keto diet and healthy people on the Vegan diet. But there are precious few healthy people on the “Coke plus hamburger” diet.
6. Read books.
There are very few successful entrepreneurs/ senior management people who don’t read regularly. And there is a huge percentage of readers among the very top of top performers.
Plus, reading books naturally increases your attention span and focus - two very rare and precious traits these days.
Originally published at Quora