50 Short Proactive Habits That Lead to Huge Results


Our unconscious and deliberate habits shape our lives. They dictate how we spend our time.

Repeated over time, habits become our way of life. The more you do something, the easier it becomes.

That’s why new habits are often framed as a set of tasks that need to be repeated every day for weeks or months before they’re fully cemented.

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped,” Charles Duhigg said.

There are a few habits that have been proven to lead to massive results in a few months. These habits seem simple on the surface, but these minor changes can significantly impact your life.

  1. To wake up early every day, find a strong reason why.
  2. Exercise at least 3–5 times per week (20 minutes per session).
  3. Spend time outdoors every day. Brisk walking is good enough.
  4. Read at least a page of your favorite book every day.
  5. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder.
  6. Motivation doesn’t work. Build better habits and routines instead.
  7. Make notes when you read great books.
  8. Life is like a piece of art in the making. Progress is the goal.
  9. To think clearly, make time for contemplations and solitude walks.
  10. Don’t spend time with people who bring out the worst in you.
  11. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S. Eliot
  12. Schedule your breaks to reset your brain to do more deep work.
  13. Reread timeless books. You probably missed great insight the first time.
  14. Shortcuts don’t work. Do the real work and accumulate small wins.
  15. Take steps to fix problems you anticipate in the future.
  16. For a calmer mind, be more present.
  17. Keep a wisdom journal to note down lessons you come across.
  18. Think process, not goals.
  19. Don’t trust the brain. Write things down if you want to remember.
  20. Break big projects down and focus on completing the small tasks.
  21. Manage your time every day like you manage your money.
  22. When you come across a great book, learn to read slowly.
  23. Invest almost every month. Don’t worry about the amount.
  24. Wherever you are, be completely there.
  25. There are no failures. Only successive lessons. Be adventurous.
  26. Find and engage in activities unrelated to work.
  27. “Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” — D. H. Lawrence.
  28. If your beliefs are not serving you, change them
  29. Make life a daring adventure. Live boldly. Don’t hold back.
  30. Measure your actions and double down on what works.
  31. Replace perfect with good enough.
  32. Use brain dump to declutter your mind and thoughts.
  33. Use journaling to declutter your mind.
  34. For a productive day, work with your body, not against it.
  35. Your people-pleasing habit will break you. Stop it.
  36. Spent time alone in the evening to set priorities for tomorrow.
  37. Pursue wealth, not riches. The first one can make you a time billionaire.
  38. Think processes, systems, and habits, not finite outcomes.
  39. Self-care is not selfish. Choose yourself.
  40. You are not your career. Find yourself. Self identify is empowering.
  41. Make your bed every morning. It can reduce stress.
  42. To get more things done, batch similar tasks together.
  43. Actively remove distractions to improve concentration and focused work.
  44. Your future self needs you to make plans. Your past is history: let it go.
  45. Keep an open mind and make exploration a daily habit.
  46. You will not always be right. Question your assumptions.
  47. Learn skills that will make you indispensable in the future.
  48. Use your gap time to learn something new.
  49. Make a to-learn list and choose what you learn wisely.
  50. For anything you decide to do with your limited time, ask yourself: will it matter in a day, week, month or year?

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