It is not necessary to make a single large effort to improve your life. Instead, it’s something you can focus on on a daily basis—and it mostly comes down to the little things you do.
1. Achieve Mindfulness
I’m sure you’re tired of hearing your (recently) yoga-crazed mother tell you that you should “absolutely try meditation.” However, since it does not take years of practice or a yoga mat, mindfulness is a lot more achievable than the type of meditation you might have heard about. And you can do it right at your desk in 30 minutes (or less!)
2. Develop a Morning Routine
According to J. Hopkins, “breaking down every job into small steps, then scheduling it by beginning at the end of the day and working backward” is the secret to getting a productive day and saving time in the morning. This means that from the moment you wake up, you know exactly what thing you’ll do.
3. Develop a Consistent Routine
A great bedtime routine is the foundation of a peaceful, safe morning. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for making your own, but the most important thing is to come up with one and stick to it.Every evening, for example, I shower, prepare my lunch for the next day, and spend 10 to 15 minutes in bed doing something relaxing, such as scrolling through social media, reading 15 pages of a book, or calling my parents. It isn’t always like this, but the consistency makes me sleep better and feel ready to take on the day.
4. Re-Do Your Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep
Even with a great routine, it can be difficult to get the best sleep every night, particularly when you’re busy or stressed. Instead, aim to build an environment that makes you happy all of the time.
5. Find an Energizing Activity That’s Good for You
You never expected it, but finding an activity that will get you out of the worst midday slumps is just as vital as having a routine for your mornings and evenings.
6. Make Your Lunch (and Dinner)
Making your meals every day not only ensures that you have control over your health, but it’s also less expensive and a perfect way to learn a new skill or try out new recipes.
7. Watch a TED Talk
A TED Talk is similar to a mini-lecture. They could just teach you something new about yourself or encourage you to innovate and pursue that dream you’ve always had. They’re also just around 20 minutes long, so you can watch one while getting ready for work in the morning, during your lunch break, or while standing in a line for a fast information boost.
8. Do a Bunch of Little Productive Tasks
I challenge you to set aside 30 minutes and complete all of the small tasks you’ve been putting off. First, you won’t be able to multitask later on as emails keep coming in when you’re trying to finish your job. Second, it forces you to take on the tasks that make you cringe—tasks that, once completed, can make your life a lot easier.
9. Get to Know Yourself
What better way to change your life than to learn everything there is to know about your strengths and weaknesses and to focus on your best self?
10. Connect With an Old Friend or New Co-worker
If you haven’t seen or spoken to anyone in a while, reach out and let them know you’re thinking about them. You might also try the old-fashioned method of sending a physical message! Mail, without a doubt, brightens anyone’s day.