5 Habits of the Ultra Productive (and how you can adapt them!)

Articles are everywhere saying we can’t have it all, that the thought of having a thriving career, being a parent and staying healthy is impossible. I say this is not true! It is not always easy and boy does it take a support system, but YOU have to work for it. Habits are actually a really good thing when those habits are good habits. Here are five of my good habits that you can apply to your own life to be ultra productive so that you can have it all!


Do you have a vision for what you want to do with your life over the next year? How about over the next 5 years… or even over the next month? It is imperative that you know what direction your life is heading. Will it likely change? Yes, but it is important to have a clear path.


A lot of times we say goals aloud or list some goals in our head, but do you take the time to really think about what your goals are, write them down, and associate action steps to each one? One of the reasons I created STARTplanner was for this very reason. Our goals should carry over into action steps that carry over into our everyday life.


Money is something you must learn to manage. You need to be organized with your finances and keep budgets in check. My family lives by the motto, “If we can’t pay for it, we don’t buy it.” There is a difference between financial leverage (having a specific plan and purpose in place to pay back money that you borrowed) and living debt free. From a business perspective, I am all for financial leverage. Generally, you do it with the intent to make money as well. There is also debt within your means. Living with too much debt is stressful and can make you less productive. When you have debt, someone else owns you as well. If you are living in debt, I challenge you to make a plan, find a system of organization and create a life that you own!

Take Care of You

You cannot be productive unless you take care of yourself. Putting yourself first will give you more energy, more balance and overall a healthier you which your family deserves and most importantly, you deserve. The time to eat better, exercise more and create the best version of yourself starts now. Not tomorrow or next week, but now. You have to carve out the time and make your health and wellness a priority. Just do it!

Early Wake Up

I challenge you to get up early and start your day ahead of everyone else in your household. That extra time to take care of you, get organized and create a list to tackle the day is so important. I always say wake up early, but make sure you get a good night of sleep so that you have the energy to be productive!

About the Author

Kristy Dickerson, keynote speaker, businesswoman, and active CEO and co-founder of STARTplanner, has devoted her life to providing hope for individuals who are looking to achieve balance, success, and happiness within their own lives. Dickerson has been sought after for keynote speaking due to her relatable story, no excuses tone, valuable advice, and upbeat personality that she entrenches in all aspects of her brands. She believes and preaches that individuals have the ability to do anything they want. Through business coaching, workshops, and speaking she has shown individuals how to make change happen in their life and small business.

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