7 Must-Try Tools and Strategies for Creating Better Habits

It doesn't have to be New Year's to inspire you to make a positive change. Here are 7 of the best tips and strategies for making this year the best one yet through better habits! 

Pomodoro Technique

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What if there was a simple productivity system that allowed you to get an incredible amount of work done, maximize your profits and have more free time to enjoy life? Best yet, it requires no extensive implementation and is free.

Sound too good to be true? It's not. This simple system is called the Pomodoro Technique and many entrepreneurs swear by its transformative effect in their quest to beat back stress and distraction, especially of the technological kind.

Pomodoro Technique breaks down task-work into 25-minute increments. You set a timer for 25 minutes and work on a selected task for that duration of time. Then you take a five minute break. After four "pomodori," take a longer break, 15-30 minutes.

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Meditation is just starting to be studied in a rigorous scientific way, but the results are fairly astonishing. Learn to meditate and you'll deal with conflict better, have enhanced concentration, and just a general calm in the face of adversity. Which is something all entrepreneurs can benefit from. 

Discover the stress relieving, body repairing and general well-being enhancing qualities of a meditation practice. 


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The Ironman, a triathlon, the Tough Mudder, even just getting a nice six pack. It's all about cultivating discipline, even when you don't feel getting out of bed. Because if you don't show up to support your own business, who will?

Not ready to put the pedal to the metal? You can still use the mental tricks of elite athletes to triumph over challenging business situations. Check out these 10 tips from the authors of Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.

Write it Down

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The simple act of writing down your goals can help your realize them.  

"We started NeuYear to help people achieve their dreams," Jesse Phillips of calendar company NeuYear explains. "One of the best ways to focus your effort toward achieving your dreams is to plan and pursue goals. This doesn't have to be a crazy big or detailed thing, it's as simple as thinking about the steps to achieve something, and making deadlines for each step." In crafting a large, design-focused calendar, he and his cohorts aimed to make that process as simple as possible. More

Sleep More

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 Mitchell York advises: Sleep 8 hours. What do you need to do to make this happen? Give up Leno. TiVo Jon Stewart. Read one chapter instead of two. Being productive and efficient starts with sleep and getting enough. And along with this goes a whole range of health and wellness practices dealing with diet and exercise. You know what they are, so do them.


 In order to create better habits, you'll need time to focus, and in order to free up time you'll have to delegate. 

Not only do you need to delegate to be successful in creating a viable business, but you have to do it well. After all, if you delegate a task to someone who is either incapable or doesn't understand what's expected, they will fail, and so may your business. So, if you want to build a successful business, what process do you have to go through to learn to delegate, and to do so effectively? Here's a guide to the steps you need to take from Mitchell York.

Lean on Others

The purpose of a business support group is to establish and track goals, and to learn from the experience of others. Set specific goals: completing a business plan, launching a website, meeting with ten potential investors or partners. Your business support group is there to hear your triumphs as well as your frustrations. Learn how to set one up.

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