Do you follow a daily habit of some sort? If yes, are you doing it on purpose? If not, we have some tips for you. We all have the same amount of time in our day, and if you can spend it wisely and effectively, then maybe even more than the next guy. We do little things every day that set us up for a great day. Consider these little things as habits and notice how they affect your happiness and productivity throughout the day:

1. Start with a Stretch

Stretching is one of the best things you can do for your body, and it’s so easy. Just stand up, put your hands on your hips, and slowly bend your knees until they’re at a 90-degree angle. Keep your back straight and your head up throughout this stretch.

2. Hydrate with a Glass of Water

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It’s one of the easiest things you can do to help your body stay hydrated and healthy. When you drink water, it helps flush out toxins and recycles nutrients so they can be used by your cells. Plus, drinking water makes you feel full and satisfied because drinking water fills your belly faster than eating food. Remember the more often you hydrate with a glass of water, the less likely you’ll get sick.

3. Eat a Healthy, Satisfying Breakfast

It’s the most important thing you can do to set yourself up for a great day. Breakfast can give you an energy boost that lasts all day long. If you don’t have time to make breakfast, grab something from the vending machine or store instead. This will still be better than skipping it altogether.

4. Get Some Exercise out of the Way Early

Like many people, morning is probably essential to your day. That’s why you should make sure to get some exercise early on. Training is one of the best ways to boost your mood and fight stress before it can take root. By giving yourself a chance to burn off some calories and get your brain working on something other than work or chores, you’ll be better able to focus when it’s time to start getting things done.

5. Put Together Your To-Do List for the Day

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First thing first: put together your to-do list for the day. That way, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll have a good idea of what needs to be done to get through your day without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Once you’ve got your list in order, check in with yourself and ask how you’re feeling (mentally or physically). Are there any worries? Any details that need to be addressed immediately? You can make those changes while they’re fresh in your mind.


Especially now that the holidays are coming, a lot of us are feeling down in the dumps. These habits will help you get through these times. Furthermore, they don’t just have the power to make your life happier, they can also impact your career by helping you be more productive and get ahead of the competition.