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.

Melissa Markle | Photographer and Owner of M Markle Photography

There’s a saying that took me a long, long time to implement. “Eat your frogs first.” I find that I’m most successful at feeling energized throughout the week, if I start with the harder tasks on my to-do lists each day. As the week progresses I’m able to fit in more time for myself. I also make time for a regular mindfulness practice that involves a community zoom call with other individuals once a week (I highly recommend https://cloudsangha.co/). This practice has been life changing for me in all areas, and has taught me to find more harmony and balance when things come up that are outside of my control or less than ideal. Read more>>

Sarah Henry | Lifestyle Medicine Coach & Yoga Instructor

I attribute a great deal of my success to having an intentional morning routine. Each morning, I make time to meditate and to read for a few minutes. Then, I like to journal about my intentions for the day. I like to finish off my morning routine with a workout, even if it’s just some gentle yoga or stretching. I try to keep my screens “dark” in the morning, too, so that I can stay focused on what I am doing; I have found that doing so helps me to enjoy a few extra moments of peace and quiet before my day begins! Ultimately, these healthy habits leave me feeling empowered, inspired, and ready to take on the challenges of the day. Read more>>

Sarsee | Musician & Makeup Artist

After a few years of learning, I have taken a few habits that have really helped with my journey as a musician. First you have to find confidence in yourself and find something you are truly passionate about. Once you have that passion, can you see yourself doing it every single day for the rest of your life? If the answer is yes you are already halfway there. You can love something but you have to continue to consistently work at it everyday. Second you have to be open minded to new ideas and people. There is so much to learn from other people, you could miss out on great opportunities by just not being open. We’ve been taking a lot of time lately to go through music, movies, and musicals from previous eras, 1920s through the 1970s, that are the foundations of modern contemporary art, music, and film. Read more>>

Brianne Buishas | Model, Voiceover, and Actor

I think the single most important habit that helps me succeed is being determined. In the industry that I work in, rejection is unfortunately such a large part of my life, so staying determined is extremely vital. Even if that doesn’t always mean optimistic, staying persistent regardless has always given me more opportunities and kept me moving forward. Read more>>

Natalie Spear | Barber, Stylist & Operations Leader

The habit that I feel has helped me most succeed in my career is the art of being wholly self at all times. I found that when I tried to split myself up from home self to professional self, it didn’t flow. The habit of bringing your values, your interests and even your silliness to wherever you are is the art of being true to yourself. It helps you align your schedule to be in the balance that you desire because what you value is coming first. I do believe that you attract what you value and it needs to be in every area of your life. So I try to implement the habit of being true to myself no matter where I am. Read more>>