Some of the habits I’ve built up for myself have dramatically changed my life. Perhaps the most effective one is to work for roughly 2 hours straight right after I have my morning coffee on the most difficult, important task I have for the day. My mind is lithe and creative in the morning — I find myself designing solutions and finding bugs exponentially faster in the morning than in the evening. Habits are built by reward systems and the reward of this habit is getting the biggest thing done (usually) first thing in the morning. However, the habit goes further than that. The coffee acts both as a trigger for my work habit, but as a reward for the habit before that, meditation (Thanks Andrea for sharing Tiny Habits with me!). From the Coursera course Learning How to Learn, I picked up the Pomodoro technique to regulate the switching between focused mode and diffuse mode. There have been others habits I’ve created and subsequently dropped because they haven’t worked as well for me. It’s a continuous work in progress.