Make your life more enjoyable. I think we are all open to making changes in our lives that make us happier and more successful, but few of us follow through because committing to something that’s going to change our lives is a daunting and massive undertaking, right?
Instead of focusing on huge, radical steps, start moving forward by incorporating these eight changes that are so small and simple that you can implement them immediately.
These eight steps can drastically change your life for the better.
1. Reprogram your mind to stay Positive
Our thoughts and actions are influenced by our feelings. That’s why when you’re just felling “blah” because the weather is crummy or you had a stressful week all you want to do is stay in bed.
Here’s the problem. Negativity is all around us. There’s nothing we can do about that, either, but what you can do is learn how to reprogram our minds to stay positive. You can’t trap every negative thought in the happy-clappy end zone of your mind, but can take charge of your thoughts by:
* Keeping a gratitude journal. Jot down what your’e thankful for every day instead of worrying what you don’t have. Gratitude will make you happier, increase your productivity and help you sleep better at night.
* Creating and repeating positive affirmations that acknowledge the progress you are making in the areas where you want to improve.
* Surrounding yourself with positive people who lift your spirits. Remember, emotions are contagious.
* Don’t acknowledge negative thoughts.
* Staying active. Exercise releases endorphins but idleness leads to over analysing and over thinking.
2. Set your alarm half an hour earlier
One trait many successful individuals have in common is they get up early. While you don’t have to wake up at the ungodly hour of 3.45am, you could start setting your alarm half an hour earlier.
This will give you some extra time in the morning to exercise, meditate, read, check your emails, have breakfast with your family, plan your day or work on something that you’re passionate about. It save you from rushing out the door each morning feeling forgetful and unaccomplished. Time tracking is the key to self-improvement.
3. Clean up after yourself immediately.
How long does it really take to make your bed or wash your morning dishes? Maybe five minutes? Here’s the thing, if you don’t stay on top of these minor chores, they quickly build up. That cereal bowl and coffee mug becomes a sink full of smelly dishes that take a lot of time to clean. If washed immediately, you wouldn’t have this headache.
What’s more, people who immediately clean up after themselves, like making thei rbeds every morning, tend to be happier, as well as more successful since it makes you feel accomplished, removes clutter, and gives them a sense of control.
4. Don’t over-commit
A common theme I notice with self-help advice is how people make goal-setting sound easy. They’ll suggest that you get more exercise or sleep, but that’s easier said than done when you’re working 12 hour days and helping with a newborn.
It’s easier to commit and follow through successfully if you keep your goals simple and clearly defined. Start small and work your way up. Don’t jump into a marathon headfirst if you need more exercise. Start with 10 push ups a day, a walk down our block after dinner.
If you want to start eating healthier but aren’t much of a cook, try a service or keep frozen, healthy dinners in your freezer. If you want to start meditating, start with devoting five minutes a day.
5. Don’t be predictable
Doing the same thing each and every day puts us in a rut. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to stop being so predictable. Break out of your comfort one at least once a week and do something new that you’ve never done before.
Opening ourselves up to new experiences makes us happier, changes our perspectives, helps us recognise new opportunities, boosts energy and makes us more receptive to change. This cycle back. New experiences will make you happier.
6. Swap complaining for expressing gratitude
Even during my darkest times, I’ve always tried to remain optimistic.
One of the best ways to feel better when you need it most is by showing your gratitude. Be thankful for the best thing that happened to you today. Keep a daily gratitude journal. This can change your life! Researchers have found that;
* Those who keep a weekly gratitude journal tend to exercise more, have fewer physical symptoms and are more optimistic about their futures.
* Daily discussion of gratitude can increase alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy and sleep duration, as well as lower reports of depression.
* Individuals who think about, talk about or write about gratitude daily are more likely to help someone with a personal problem or offer emotional support.
* Those who are grateful, place less importance on material goods, are less envious of others and are more likely to share their possessions with others.
* Daily gratitude practices may help prevent coronary artery disease.
Show gratitude to friends, family, clients and colleagues. Sincerely thanking people is one of the best ways to strengthen relationships. It feels great when someone thanks you for your hard work, doing a chore, or just listening when they need to vent.
7. Stop comparing yourself to others
Stop losing sleep over what others have and what you don’t have. Here’s the truth: there is always going to be someone who has a better paying job, lives in a nicer house, drives a fancier car and goes on more exotic vacations.
Comparing yourself just makes you miserable and unhappily preoccupied about what others consider success. Instead, worry about what you define as success.
8. Tackle the one thing that you’ve been putting off
We all put off that one thing; the phone call to your insurance company, cleaning up your desk, changing the batteries in the smoke alarms. Just like those dirty dishes, setting priorities includes making certain seemingly small tasks don’t build up until you have to spend an entire day catching up.
If you have unfinished tasks, you are carrying a heavy weight around with you all the time, no matter how small each task is. You have to remember it. If possible, whn you think of it, do it right then.
After you’ve listed your priorities for the day, add a long standing chore to your to-do-list.
You’ll be surprised at how much better, and productive, you’ll feel once you’ve crossed these items off your list – even if it’s just a mental list.
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