There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Jayme Burrows | Photographer

I’m a planner and a goal setter and I think that’s really helped me sustain a career over a long period of time. I make 3 month, 1 year, 3 year, and 5 year personal and professional goals and constantly check in on them to make sure that I’m directing my energy in the right direction to get to where I want to go. It’s so easy to get lost in the day to day and be “busy” but not actually be working towards the lifetime goals you’re wanting to achieve. Read more>>

SHIVARASA | Music Producer / DJ / Creative Self Mastery Coach

The art of Deep Work – a term coined by Dr. Cal Newport. Deep work is “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” On the other spectrum lives shallow work: “Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.” Read more>>

Kim Burks | Stationery Designer

I think consistency has played a huge role in running a successful business. Taking it one day at at time and continuing to show up to put in the work, even if it’s a little at time, has made the biggest difference. Another habit I have stuck with is planning my day the night before so that when it’s time to get to work, I already know my priorities for the day and can stay focused on those instead of getting distracted by tasks that are less important. Read more>>

Kianna Peppers | Crystal K | Graphic & Motion Designer

Something I attempt to do with every project I’m given is to find the small moments to add something extra. I guess you can liken it to the idea of adding ‘cherries on top.’ For me as a primarily a visual artist, that could be as small as taking another 5-10 minutes to brainstorm on a design, or offering 1-2 more options for clients than promised. Whether it’s sports, extracurriculars, visual or performing arts, or anything you’re pursuing, It shows initiative, reliability, and establishes your willingness to go beyond the average. Read more>>

Kristina Aglinz | Award-winning singer, songwriter, composer, concert pianist. ASCAP member, ASMAC member.

Taking action. It is important for me to organize, to plan, sometimes I had a minute break between the 5-6 meetings. But without action, a plan is just potential. Many years I woke up in the early morning and I thought I loved it. Sometimes I worked so hard to make music, do concerts and make recordings and at the same time it seemed I managed everything I was able to. I didn’t think it would reveal in the future that I could be more productive at that time. Read more>>

Tiara Ivette | Creator

Honestly, the habits that I think help me succeed the most even to this day is praying and working towards a goal right after. I always believed that you’re rewarded for hard work. I also have a habit of telling myself that everything will work out even in dark times when I can’t necessarily see a positive outcome. It helps me stay positive in all situations that come my way. I heavily rely on faith and hard work. I often get carried away with ideas though, so having rest days and giving myself time to take a break is also very important to me and something that I make priority. Read more>>

Ralph Geffrard | Dance Artist

I would say staying discipline during the process would be one of the key habit that helped me this far. I know that the path that I am taking will not be easy, and i have to discipline myself and remind myself to give it 100% everyday. Another Habit would be that I like to challenge myself. I like to find new ways to be able grow not only as a dancer but as a person. Being able to challenge myself to explore new way to go about certain things whether it’s training or finding ways to adapt into unfamiliar zones so I don’t remain permanently in my comfort zone. Read more>>