10 unconventional habits that will improve your life dramatically

You’ve all heard the cliche success advice to “Work Harder” and “Read More”

So I decided to provide you with a few unconventional habits that will improve your life dramatically in as little as 30 days.


1. Sleep more

Plain and simple, most people don’t sleep enough.

If you want to live your best life and accomplish your biggest dreams and ambitions, then you need to have as much energy as possible.

Sleep 8–9 hours a night without apology and I promise your life will be better because of it.

2. Quit being nice

Most people aren’t too mean, they’re too nice.

They allow other people to push them around and dictate what they can and can’t do.

So just for a little bit, I want you to stop being so darn nice.

Say “No” when you want to.

Be unapologetic about your needs and desires.

Stop shifting your entire schedule and life around to please people who do nothing for you.

Be more selfish, prioritize yourself, and your life will improve dramatically.

3. Be lazier

Hard work is overrated.

Instead, you should try to work smart.

Be lazy…

Only do what is absolutely necessary to achieve your goal. It’s wasteful to work for 8 hours when you could get the same task done in 3.

Forget the hype and what you see on social media, the #hustle movement isn’t going to get you where you want to be.

Cultivate selective laziness and do only what you need to do.

This will force you to focus on important tasks, prioritize your time and energy, and actually make moves that will advance your life.

4. Read fewer books

I’ve read hundreds of books… Hundreds.

And I remember maybe 50 of them.

If you want to make the most of your self education, you must read.

… But you shouldn’t try to read a book a day or even a book a week as some gurus recommend.

Instead, pick 6–12 amazing books that are hyper focused on challenges you are facing in your life right now and go all out on what those books tell you to do.

Take massive action on what you learn and only move onto the next book once you’ve reaped the rewards of the information you’ve already learned.

Knowledge without action is impotent.

5. Play more video games (the right kind)


Video games help you unwind, relax, and think about problems in a different way.

Buy a great strategy game or something that encourages tactical thinking and play it periodically throughout the day.

It will help you approach your life in creative ways and give you a great way to stimulate your brain while unwinding.

6. Exercise more


This isn’t exactly unconventional, but it’s still important.

Exercise is one of the single most important habits that you can cultivate and build into your life.

The more you move, the happier and more successful you will be.

Spend at least 90 minutes a day doing something active and train with intensity in the gym at least 3 times a week.

Every area of your life will improve when you do.

7. Spend less time in the office and more time with friends

In a study conducted by Harvard over 80 years, they found that relationships, not financial success was the greatest indicator of happiness and general quality of life.

No one sits on their death bed regretting not spending more time in the office.

Almost everyone wishes that they’d spent more time with family and loved ones.

Quit working so darn hard and instead prioritize important relationships in your life.

8. Don’t trust yourself

You lie to yourself more than anyone else that you know.

All too often people tell you to trust your intuition and follow your gut.

But in reality, you and your gut are both liars.

Instead, trust the facts. Listen to the data. And think about things logically.

Make decisions based on sound reason and evidence, not the little voice in your head.

9. Quit trying so hard

Life isn’t that serious.

We’re all going to die anyways and everything that you’ve accomplished will one day be wiped clean from the history books.

So stop acting like you’re important and stressing yourself out because you feel a burden to impact the world.

Have more fun, smile more, laugh more, and enjoy your life.

Because at the end of the day, this is all you’ve got.

10. Ignore (almost) everyone

People are full of crap.

Just about everyone I know is completely wrong about something

This post was originally published on Quora.com.