Have you reached a point where you have this desire to aggressively bust out of your shell and release the other “you” within? We’re so glad! Change is the only constant in life, so it’s smart to take stock of your life now and decide how to change whether it’s to kick bad habits, save money, or lose weight, cause change is coming no matter what.
How active of a part you take in the change makes an enormous difference in what kind of shifts happen, how positive or negative they are, what sort of personal growth you gain, how they affect not only you but also those around you, and more.
You should control every aspect of your life! So, to help you start cooking with gas, we’re giving you tips on how to improve your life, grab it by the horns and show it who’s boss!
Here are 8 Ways To Make Your Life Better:
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1. Whatever You Do – Make it Fun
For the cynics reading this, it’s not just cheesy — it’s science. Studies have shown that the more fun we have while working boosts productivity and reduces the chances of burnout. It’s a huge reason why more and more businesses are incorporating ways to have fun at work. No matter what you do or how much you love it, work is work; eventually, you’re going to have days where you’re burnt out. However, the more fun you have, the less frequently it happens.
Apply this idea to any task or good habit you don’t really want to do but should do. A few of those tasks are probably on this list! Whether it’s monthly budgeting, throwing out the old treadmill, doing more cardio, or grocery shopping, there should always be an essence of fun.
In the words of a woman who truly had it all together: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game.” — Mary Poppins.
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2. Get Your Life Organized with a Planner
Let’s be honest, the older we get the less reliable our brains are for storing much more than lyrics to songs we’ve heard too many times, much less important dates. Journals help to improve your life by setting goals, dates, achievements, tasks, duties, recipes, literally anything. Also, journals are great for budgeting but there’s also plenty of apps for that.
Journaling isn’t for everyone, but you shouldn’t knock it till you try it. You can either use a physical journal or download a journaling app that has plenty of features to help you.
Here are ways you can use a journal to get your life together:
- Daily: a new routine, kids events, daily goals
- Weekly: recipes and dinners, grocery lists, plans, weekly goals
- Monthly: important dates, budgeting, goals for the month
- Bi-Yearly: birthdays, weddings, travel dates, check in on resolutions
- Work: daily tasks, important meetings, professional goals
That may sound like a lot, but planning is the first step to gaining good habits and kicking out bad habits in an effort to revamp your life.
Pro Tip: When writing goals, state the what, when, where, how, and, connect especially with why.
3. Wake Up Early to Improve Your Life
If you feel like you don’t have time to do any of your goals, you probably need to wake up earlier. The morning is the perfect window of time for you to put work into yourself before working for other people. Depending on what goals you’re trying to accomplish, try to wake up 2-3 hours before any of your obligations begin.
When you dart out of bed and rush into things like school, work, or dealing with kids, you’re more likely to waste time and feel unprepared for the day, which can get mentally and physically unhealthy.
However, when you pop out of bed early you can use your morning to read a book, take your time getting ready, write a little bit, go to the gym, plan your day, watch tv, etc. Whether you spend your time doing your hobbies or getting an extra jump on productivity, it gives you time to feel like you before going on to punch the rest of the day in the face.
4. Educate Yourself to Better Yourself
Learning keeps your brain refreshed and inspired, which tends to keep your life from feeling stagnate. When you learn something new, it opens up so many doors if you allow your curiousity to take you there. There are plenty of life improvement books, blogs, podcasts, YouTubes, documentaries, and classes out there for you to take advantage of.
If you love painting, the more you learn about it the more your techniques will improve. If you want to learn a new language, there’s no reason why you can’t when there are a million and one outlets that are dying to teach you. There’s usually a free alternative to pretty much any class you’d like to take, so don’t let money hold you back from personal development.
5. Find and Follow Role Models to Revamp Your Life
Think about what your ideal life looks like. Visualize you living your best life successfully in your brain as best as you can. Most likely you have some sort of example from another person’s life pop into your head. They may be someone you know, an author you highly respect, a celebrity, or even someone on social media or YouTube.
Having role models, alive or dead, can also be extremely motivational. Pick up their book, examine their artwork, check out their latest video or post, just learn what you can about them. This will help to sustain your motivation as you keep chipping away bettering yourself.
Try and pull inspiration from their life or works. If you learn specific habits help them navigate through their days more successfully, take note and see if that habit works for your life. Maybe you run a business and are at a fork in the business road. If you have a role model that also owns a business, research what they did or ask what they’d do in your shoes. Learn anything from them whether through their content or through your research.
6. Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Your surroundings affect your motivation, inspiration, and overall happiness. After all, we spend so much time in our homes so if you aren’t satisfied with the way it looks, it can make you feel lethargic and lazy. That’s obviously not what we want, so if you’re going to revamp your life, you need to be surrounded by an environment that constantly propels you forward.
You can energize your environment by doing simple things like rearranging furniture, making a dream board, growing plants, or hanging inspirational prints on walls you see often.
If you have space in your budget you can invest on some home improvements in the places you spend the most awake-time in, which tend to be the kitchen and living room. Not only will you create a space that inspires you, but you’re increasing the value of your home.
7. Decluttering Your Space Helps to Improve Yourself
While we want a home that is inspiring, we also need it to be an oasis from the stressors of our days. Clutter sucks the life out of inspiration and it’s been proven that clutter is a significant source of stress in our lives. So, it’s important to take the time to remove the items in your house that you rarely ever use.
Decluttering can seem like a mountainous task, but it’s not so bad when you break it up by rooms and by days. You don’t have to overhaul your whole house at once. You can start with the kitchen and then move on to decluttering the garage another weekend. If you need help responsibly dispose of items like couches, mattresses, old appliances, or exercise equipment, a junk removal company like LoadUp can come to pick it all up for you.
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8. Listen to Your Body
Getting your life together requires a lot of enthusiasm. If you aren’t eating well or haven’t gotten any form of exercise in a while you’re not going to have as much energy as you’d like. However, while it is important to push yourself to work out and get stronger and eat better, give yourself some leeway.
We’re very hard on ourselves so instead of judging yourself during a single day, apply the rule of three. One day is too short and it tends to make us really harsh on ourselves. Ask yourself, in the past three days, how have you been eating and exercising?
This trick helps to make you feel better if you aren’t doing so hot today but killed it for the previous two days. It also helps you listen to your body better because you can keep an eye on if anything changed over this span of time rather than just how you felt in the morning versus at night. Examining three days at a time tells you what habits are or aren’t working so you can continuously modify your routines to foster a healthier, more rounded you.
Always Look for Ways to Better Yourself
Salvador Dali is quoted saying, “Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali.” Every day is a new opportunity to grow more physically, mentally, interpersonally, and professionally.
Everyone has something to give if only we’d try a little more every day than we did the day before. Even if you do just 1% better every three days, you’ll have improved by 121% over the span of one year. We hope you use at least one of our ways to improve your life as there are many, many, many roads to self-improvement. We wish you luck on yours!