You can’t deny that being disciplined is definitely a huge plus when it comes to getting your life together. Not saying discipline is for everyone—if you got things under control without it, great—but you can’t deny that it does help put some things into perspective and streamline life in ways that are otherwise hella hard.

Well, folks on Reddit have been talking about something that has a lot to do with discipline, and that is habits. In particular, it’s small, minimal-effort habits that go a long way in improving your quality of life and thus make a huge difference in how you approach it.

We’ve scoped out the best, most helpful tips, tricks, hacks, and just habits in general that folks in this thread suggested and created a lovely curated list that you can find, vote and comment on below. And why not share some of your bits of advice for small, yet high-impact habits in the comment section below!

And yes, we are aware that some of these submissions are rather similar, if not identical, yet they provide different takes on the same habits. So, smile and be kind.

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#1

Water Is The Way To Go. Always

Water Is The Way To Go. Always Drink water instead of pretty much anything else.

Except coffee. I'm not a monster.

agarzola , Alabama Extension Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

Thanks for the give on coffee. I'm a monster without it!

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#2

Saying "Please" And "Thank You"

Saying "Please" And "Thank You" Getting into the habit of saying please and thank you. I’ve seen endless horror stories about people in retail getting sh*t on by ungrateful and rude customers, so I made a resolve to try and be as amicable and cooperative whenever I can.

And it really made a difference. It really helps smooth things along when both people are working together to get things done as efficiently as possible. It’s a great feeling helping make someone’s day easier. Goes to show a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

SkyGuardianOfTheSky , Orin Zebest Report

Lisa Hewes
Community Member
4 months ago

This needs to be #1. I've worked retail and food service off-and-on for many years and I got all kinds of people. I will always be grateful to the customers that showed patience and kindness towards me. I do what I can to pay that forward because, unfortunately, these employees are still getting the short end of the stick because certain customers feel its okay to take their negative emotions out on minimum wage workers.

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#3

Move Things Around As You Navigate Your Home

Move Things Around As You Navigate Your Home Every time you leave a room take something that doesn't belong there and put it away. As soon as it is a habit you're house will stay tidy.

Enilorac89 , Advait Supnekar Report

Zophra
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't like cleaning up after everyone else in the family, but it doesn't seem to bother them as much as me.

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#4

Be Respectful Towards Others

Be Respectful Towards Others 1) Trying to see the other person's point of view, or at least not reacting explosively negative to it when you disagree. (This helps immeasurably with in-laws.)

2) knowing when to keep your mouth shut. It’s not necessary to always express an opinion or make a remark, especially when there's no hope of changing another's viewpoint.

3) It costs NOTHING to be kind, to affirm other people by recognizing them, to say please & thank you.

challam , Alan Levine Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. Yes. and Yes. 4) Choose your battles and, if necessary, concede defeat even if you're right. It's pointless to continue arguing.

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#5

Exercise Regularly Throughout The Week

Exercise Regularly Throughout The Week Exercise at least 3-5 times a week. You don't need to train like a an Olympic athlete. Going for a walk or jog is good enough. Do pushups and crunches right after you get up. As long as you get your heart rate up.

Small steps, it'll all add up.

-notJohnThough- , Christine Cockett Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
4 months ago

I really need to keep this consistent. The worst thing that has happened to me was a desk job. You're so burnt at the end of the day and you haven't even been active. It's insane.

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#6

The "2-Minute" Rule, Get Small, Short Tasks Done Along The Way

The "2-Minute" Rule, Get Small, Short Tasks Done Along The Way 2 minute rule.

If you see something that needs doing that will take 2 minutes or less; go ahead and do it. Put away those clothes. Pick up that toy as you walk by. Empty that dish washer when you go to get a drink. Scoop the litterbox when you go to take a p**s.

Things will stay neater, you'll be more organized, and you'll find you have more time in the long run for stuff you want to do, instead of having to take care of stuff you've been putting off.

anon , Marco Verch Professional P Report

BadCat
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL Once I get going I don't stop. Washing dishes leads to cleaning my whole kitchen.

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#7

Don't Drink Soda

Don't Drink Soda Stop drinking soda. In the long run soda is bad for you and after a while of not drinking you will realize that it tastes to sweet.

MoreTubaNeeded , Mike Mozart Report

Zophra
Community Member
4 months ago

Can I just have one bad thing? Just one? Just let me have my diet coke in peace.

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#8

Make A Habit Of Being Kind

Make A Habit Of Being Kind Making a habit of being kind. Positivity that has the possibility of infinite growth.

HappyChic103 , Ben Grey Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
4 months ago

I try to overpower mean people with kindness. If I'm dealing with a tough customer I'll dial up the "thank you" and "I'm glad you brought this to my attention" and "oh no, we must rectify this" and eventually they mellow out. Not a 10-10 strategy but works most of the time.

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#9

If You're Out, Replace It

If You're Out, Replace It Replacing items before they run out. E.g.. detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, etc.

cucucumin , George Redgrave Report

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
4 months ago

My 4yo does this without ever being asked. I was shocked and amazed, thought I had bought magic toilet paper!

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#10

Read Books. Every Month

Read Books. Every Month A book a month

DamskoHz , Mauricio Sepulveda Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

Or a week. Or more. Reading is fun!

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#11

Eat Healthy

Eat Healthy Healthy eating. If you make it habitual, you look and feel a million times better than when you eat like c**p. You don't even crave c****y food often.

HiFiSi , Lisa Zins Report

B-flat
Community Member
4 months ago

The cat isn’t convinced yet…

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#12

Meal Planning

Meal Planning Meal planning.

You save so much more money if you pre-plan what you're going to eat for the week than if you wing it.

anon , Kelly Parker McPherson Report

Mer☕️🧭☕️
Community Member
4 months ago

I really, really do wish I could do this but the problem is that my "appetite" isn't at all dependable and if I don't "have a taste for" what's already prepared, I won't eat it and so still have to cook something. I annoy my own self.

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#13

Brush Your Teeth, It's More Than Just A Smile

Brush Your Teeth, It's More Than Just A Smile Brushing your teeth, your smile look good, you save money and your health, benefits quite a lot from a healthy mouth.

i_miss_s2_EUW , Lisa Zins Report

BadCat
Community Member
4 months ago

Although some people just end up with problems no matter what they do. Teeth are weird. Some people need to brush more than twice a day but that's also not good.

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#14

Take The Stairs Whenever Possible

Take The Stairs Whenever Possible Take the stairs, if you have a choice.

thestonez , Rex Roof Report

Ivana Bašić
Community Member
4 months ago

Unless you have bad knees, then stairs will kill you.

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#15

Do The Dishes Before Bed

Do The Dishes Before Bed Doing dishes at night so I wake up to a clean sink and clean dishes. I live in a tiny studio and don’t have a dishwasher so this makes a big difference for me.

penguinPS , Alabama Extension Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

I do the dishes all day long. I'd rather wash a few items several times a day, than wash sinks full all at once. And you'll wake up to a neat kitchen with a clean sink and clean dishes.

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#16

Returning Bottles For Recycling

Returning Bottles For Recycling Somewhere in Europe you pay a 10-cent deposit on all your beer bottles, my small habit of alcoholism gives me a nice return on bottles when I hand them in for recycling.

Impregneerspuit , Dianne Yee Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

I hate paying the 10 cent deposit, but don't complain when I'm broke. The bottle/can money comes in handy.

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#17

Hygiene Is Key

Hygiene Is Key Most things related to hygiene. Brushing teeth, showering daily, washing your clothes regularly. Hygiene is the #1 thing that the opposite sex cares about, and the first thing people notice.

thinkscotty , Ori Navott Report

Ella Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

doesn't have to be the opposite gender...

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#18

Eat A Little Less Than You Normally Would

Eat A Little Less Than You Normally Would Eating a little less. You don’t even have to eat better, just leave 1/4-1/3 of your food on your plate. Get a smaller bowl of ice cream. Eat one less slice of pizza. Don’t eat all the fries. If everything else stays the same you’ll lose weight, and it’s a start towards being healthier.

HighOnGoofballs , Christian Jensen Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

If you use smaller plates, your portions will be smaller as well. Even if you "clean" your plate you'll have eaten less. It's ok to leave some food on your plate, regardless.

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#19

Floss. Not The Dance. With Actual Teeth

Floss. Not The Dance. With Actual Teeth Flossing. There are a lot of people who don't floss, but it's an important habit to get into. Once you start flossing, you'll feel gross when you don't do it.

who_got_the_hooch , Electric Teeth Report

Piper L
Community Member
4 months ago

For decades dentists have recommended flossing as an essential part of oral hygiene. But how useful is it really? An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed there is insufficient proof to back up this claim. The US Department for Health and Human Services and Agriculture admitted in a letter that the benefits of flossing had never been properly researched. A British dentist at the University of Birmingham, Prof Damien Walmsley, also said there is only "weak evidence" to suggest flossing is beneficial.

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#20

Sleep Can Go A Long Way

Sleep Can Go A Long Way Sleep well.

It isn't even the long run, the next morning you'll become 10x better.

Noorquacker , Roberto Severo Report

Himory TheDreamer
Community Member
4 months ago

How?

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#21

Wearing Sunscreen Daily

Wearing Sunscreen Daily Wearing daily face cream with sunscreen UV protection.

GiantSequoiaTree , iwona_kellie Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
4 months ago

What do you all do about the eye burning? I sweat a lot and boy does it sting when it gets in my eyes.

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#22

Save Money Now

Save Money Now Saving money.

I have lost count of how many people who got themselves into serious debt simply because they spend more than what's necessary.

anon , OTA Photos Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

Sometimes they get into serious debt trouble because what's necessary is more than they earn.

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#23

Emanate Positivity

Emanate Positivity Positively impact someone's day. And I think that's a small habit, because you don't have to do anything huge.

You could go really simple and just give a random, genuine compliment. "I like that jacket."

You could go slightly more advanced and compliment someone to someone else. "Man, Martha has been killing it lately with her work." There's a chance the compliment gets back to her. But even if not, you're boosting your image to the person you said that to, because of your willingness to compliment others.

You could do a slightly more advanced move like complimenting someone in the form of requesting their expertise. "Sam, you seem to really understand pivot tables in Excel. If you have time, do you mind showing me how they work?"

All 3 of those tactics are *slightly* manipulative, because you have to consciously manufacture those moments with regularity, at least at first. But they breed nothing but benefits. The other person feels better. You feel better. And you're easing that gap that separates people, unless one takes the initiative of lessening it.

anon , Tiago Silveira Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

I have always done this. Random compliments make people happy. I enjoy the responses more, I think, than they do the compliment. Even if I'm having a REALLY bad day, I will say something positive to someone. "Pretty dress.", or "I appreciate you." It makes the day a little less bad too. :)

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#24

Exercising And Eating Healthy To Gain Weight, Not Necessarily Lose It

Exercising And Eating Healthy To Gain Weight, Not Necessarily Lose It Regularly going to the gym and eating well. I wasn't skinny because of metabolism. I was skinny because I wasn't eating and exercising enough. I'm up 20 pounds since this time last year.

tallandlanky , Tara Angkor Hotel Report

Scotira
Community Member
4 months ago

With exercising and eating healthy you "loose" fat cells and gain muscle cells. Those tend to weigh more than fat cells, so you gain weight, but you are slimmer. Sad fact: the fat cells don't just go away, they are only emptied of the stored fat, so when you stop exercising and start up bad eating habits, they fill up again in no time. Voilà: here we have the yo-yo effect.

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#25

Eat Less Sugar. Or Substitute It

Eat Less Sugar. Or Substitute It Mine is less sugar intake. The amount that most people eat is really disruptive to our bodies. Instead of getting that ice cream, get a yogurt or fruit. :)

anon , Andrei! Report

Zophra
Community Member
4 months ago

Does anyone else get this insane craving for sugar when you eat it after not having ate it for a while? (Terrible sentence.)

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#26

Maintain A Strict Sleep Schedule

Maintain A Strict Sleep Schedule Wake up at the same time. Every. Single. Day. Even on weekends. You stop waking up tired and start waking up naturally before your alarm.

Yes, I’m well aware this doesn’t work for everyone.

SammyGeorge , Clint Gardner Report

BadCat
Community Member
4 months ago

I do this every so often but then insomnia kicks in and destroys my sleep schedule and then I have to spend a weekend trying to correct it.

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#27

Have A Budget For Everything

Have A Budget For Everything Budget your money.

That is the only solid way I know to get "rich" quick.

willy--wanka , Free photo on UkrMedia Report

Lisa Valen
Community Member
4 months ago

That's possible if your income is greater than your outgo.

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#28

The "No Zero Days" Concept, Try To Get At Least Something Done Daily

The "No Zero Days" Concept, Try To Get At Least Something Done Daily The concept of no zero days. On days when I'm feeling lazy and unproductive, I try to do something even if it's as simple reading or cleaning my room for 5 minutes.

Virginia_Blaise , Pedro Ribeiro Simões Report

BadCat
Community Member
4 months ago

Resting is being productive. Once you let go of thinking doing nothing is "lazy and productive" and allowing yourself to have a nap, just sit around and listen to the silence, you'll feel less guilty and destressed.

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#29

Making Your Bed In The Mornings

Making Your Bed In The Mornings Making your bed in the morning. It takes 3 minutes, and it makes your room look neat and presentable, as well as giving you the feeling that you accomplished something for the day. It's easy from there to just let that productive feeling snowball into being productive in other areas in your life.

Wall_clinger , Trysil Report

Zophra
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't care. It is a waste of premium morning time and I don't feel any different if it is made. It only gets made if company will be over so we look like we have our act together.

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#30

Just Do It Now, Never Later

Just Do It Now, Never Later If something needs to be done, *just do it.* Most people spend more time whining about work, whether household chores or employment related tasks, than if they'd just get in there and do it. Work and productivity is not the earth-shattering concept most people, of all ages, act like it is and no type of honest work is beneath anyone. Bathrooms are dirty at your high school job? Volunteer to do it. Your roommates not cleaning the common areas? Suck it up and do it or it'll just get worse because they won't do it regardless. Short-staffed at your adult job? Stay the extra thirty minutes to cover a task when everyone else acts like its moving mountains to do so.

After a while, you'll find there's a lot of personal satisfaction that can be found in this productivity for very little lost time in the big picture. Maybe you can only watch one episode on Netflix tonight instead of two for getting something done - so what? No, it's not always going to be fair, just like nothing else in life will be either. But, you can confidently say that you are humble enough and willing enough to take ownership and pride in your piece of the world when virtually no one else does the same. And in the end, it will be noticed by the right people. You will have better friends, better relationships, and better treated as an employee because genuine people in all of these categories know just how rare this trait is in a sea of total mediocrity. And there's no special skills required, just an open attitude you can start today with at any age.

iambored1234 , WordRidden Report

Older
Community Member
4 months ago

I strongly disagree with this one. It is not my responsibility to do someone else's job or take care of their messes. I take absolutely no pride in doing menial chores. My house is clean because it has to be in order for me to live in it. I have lots of good habits, but it doesn't mean I like doing any of it. If my friends see my house a bit messy, they feel bad that I had a busy week. They're not suddenly worse friends, and if they did behave that way, we wouldn't be friends because I don't need that kind of toxicity in my life. I am a good employee, but I don't do extra. I don't get paid to do extra. I do what I need to, and I do it well. I am not mediocre. I just don't puff my chest out for doing normal tasks and what is expected of me. That's what it means to be humble. Not whatever this is.

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