There is a wealth of research that indicates that certain habits can help increase your productivity, creativity, and/or drive. So, we thought we’d reach out to respected members of our community and ask them what habits they feel helped them succeed.

C.L. “Rooster” Martinez | Poet & Educator

The healthy habits I’ve developed over a number of years may seem small or easy, but the discipline is the key–staying committed to small, attainable goals and habits makes the larger goals and habits easier to act upon and commit to. Reading is definitely number 1 habit. In my field as a spoken word poet, I read a lot of poetry (contemporary and canonical). However, the “job” of being a writer in the 21st century extends way beyond putting words onto virtual or real pages. Nowadays, it requires self-marketing, self-promotion, self-information technology assistance, self-investment, networking, finding and creating platforms. Reading fuels my creative factory, keeps me engaged with an ever-changing entertainment world, helps identify trends, and stay ahead of contemporaries. I read books on psychology, food, business, travel, horror, management, satire/comedy, creative nonfiction, news from around the world, essays, social justice, technology, and criticism. Being a poet or writer is being tapped into an evolving and ephemeral world. Read more>>

William Toliver | Visual Artist

Honestly, it was discipline to my craft. I know that sounds so cliche, but I’m serious. Think about it, you’re not always going to be motivated to work. That is okay. Sometimes you come home from a long day and don’t feel like doing anything except relaxing. 15 minutes is all it takes. Give yourself 15 minutes everyday to work on your craft, whatever it maybe. Usually what happens is that within those 15 minutes of doing something you love, time seems to slip away. A hunger starts to form within you and you get lost in your passion. Well atleast, that is what happens on my end. I feel like that is why I have been more successful this year. My discipline and motivation have intertwined with my passion to the point where I forget to eat, sleep, or be a normal human being. The desire to create and bring my ideas to life consumes me. I feel like I’m nowhere near where I want to be from a career standpoint. I use “success” loosely, but I’m on the right track I think. Read more>>

Karen Fry | Spiritual Leader, Inspirational Speaker, and Fire Walking Instructor

Having the most positive mindset, thoughts, and beliefs before “taking the first step” (i.e., starting any task, project, meeting, desired outcome, interview, job, etc.) Not allowing any conditions outside of myself to inform my internal belief about anything. For example, I made more money that I’ve ever made in my life during my 23-year sales/marketing career during the last great recession (2008-2010). Ensure that I do not allow any limited thinking to show up and/or stick around very long inside of me. Be very conscious of the energy that I’m showing up as – be the energy that attracts rather than repels/deflects. Play to my strengths. Read more>>

Claire Haidar | Founder of WNDYR and Pattyrn. Author, Photographer, Wild Child.

I take 24 hours of total unplugged rest every single week: no technology, no work. As far as possible I try to get out into nature with my family. 2. Every night as I am falling asleep, I lie in bed and run through all the things I am grateful for in the day that just passed. 3. Exercise 3x a week is a non-negotiable for me. 4. I have deliberately stayed in contact with my lifelong friends from childhood. This has not been easy because they are in South Africa but I make a point of sharing my life in photos and stories with them every month. I write them personal letters. I believe it is important to stay connected to the people who know the entire thread of our lives, who understand our evolution and can reflect that back to you. 5. Marriage counselling and a weekly date night are non-negotiables in my marriage. Both these things make me a better leader in my business. 6. Every year I start the year with a goal wall exercise. I have been doing this for 8 years and it has become an anchor in my life. Read more>>