Thing is, everything we do and say in life has compounding returns. Sometimes we can’t decide what they would be, or whether the trajectory’s going up or down.

But we can control the decisions we make–and it’s crucial that we do so, even the subconscious and seemingly insignificant ones. Especially the tiny, unnoticed ones.

They’re called micro-habits, or just plain habits.

Here’s a list of some that you’d want to develop in being the best keyboard athlete you can be–and some you’d want to eliminate from your existence right away.

Habit 1: Declutter

Removing unnecessary items, distractions, and negative thoughts can greatly increase your productivity and focus.

  • Your Workspace: Try to keep your workspace as minimal as possible. A disorganized workspace can lead to decreased productivity and increased stress levels.
  • Your Mind: Decluttering your mind can involve various strategies, including mindfulness meditation, journaling, or simply taking a quiet walk in nature.
  • Your Desktop: Try to keep your computer desktop clean of unnecessary and unused files. Creating specific folders and regularly clearing items you no longer need can help.

Habit 2: Prepare

Preparation is often the key to success.

  • Fuel: Fuel your body with nutritious food choices. Your diet impacts your energy levels and concentration.
  • Hydration: Keeping hydrated is important for overall health and aids in concentration and maintaining energy levels.
  • Movement: Incorporating regular physical activity throughout your day can increase your energy, reduce your stress levels, and improve your overall mental health.
  • To-do list: Developing a list of things to do for the day brings structure and clearly outlines the tasks at hand.

Habit 3: Learn

Continuous self-education is a significant factor in personal development and career growth.

  • Professional: Learn something new relevant to your professional field each day. This can be either through reading, attending talks or webinars, or networking with experts in your field.
  • Fun: Learning something fun helps stimulate different parts of the brain and brings a balance to your routine.
  • Random: Learning something random keeps the brain active, cultivates a well-rounded knowledge base, increasing creativity and problem-solving ability.

Habit 4: Track

Monitoring various aspects of your life can help identify patterns and areas for improvement.

  • Tasks: Keeping a track of your tasks gives a running record of what you’ve accomplished.
  • Time: Log your time to gain insight into how long specific tasks take and where your time is going.
  • Tension: Keep a check on your stress levels. If you notice frequent spikes, try to identify triggers and implement strategies to manage this.

Onwards to better keyboarding!