Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making monumental changes.
In fact, small changes can often make a huge difference to how happy you feel, and taking things one step at a time will help avoid overwhelm. Here are 100 ideas for improving your life, one step at a time.
Here are 7 ways, 7 easy things totally within your control that you can do to improve your life (I'll share more later).
#1) Set Goals You Can Really Achieve
If we want to push ourselves to achieve more, then goals are a great way to do this. Although we can achieve things without goals, making time to set them can make our vision clearer.
However, setting goals that are too difficult to achieve won’t make you any happier. Next time you make your goals, make sure they are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
#2) Wake Up Earlier
Making a goal to wake up earlier can bring a number of improvements to your life. Numerous studies have shown that early risers are more likely to exercise, get better sleep, be better at planning their day, and much more.
If you want to get started, check out this article from Zen Habits.
#3) Practice Gratitude
Although many things in life are beyond our control, the way we choose to see things isn’t. Even if it seems like bad things just keep happening you, start to practice daily gratitude and you’ll train your mind to focus on the positives.
Try starting each day by listing 10 things you’re grateful for. If you can’t think of anything then list the basics – for example the fact that you are healthy, or the fact that you have a roof over your head. Even that puts you in a better position than many other people in the world.
#4) Check Your Email Less Frequently
Checking email multiple times throughout the day can dramatically decrease your productivity. It’s all part of the myth of multi-tasking. The truth is that it’ll just distract you from what you’re doing. Worse, it can get addictive and you can end up in a loop of constantly checking emails and social networking accounts.
Make a vow to stop checking your emails so often. Remember this – the world will not fall apart if you take a few hours to respond to an email! If there’s any emergency, people can contact you in other ways.
Try setting a block of time for emails once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and closing your email client the rest of the time.
#5) Have Tech-Free Days
Technology can bring many benefits to our lives, but many of us also find that we’re addicted to checking our emails, being available to others by carrying a phone around with us wherever we go, or wasting time reading online articles instead of doing other things.
Try to consciously take time away from technology completely, for example for a day each week or month. It might open you up to activities you forgot you used to enjoy! Or you could use it as the perfect excuse to spend more time with your family.
#6) Build Your Self-confidence
Building your self-confidence can lead to a number of benefits. You might be more ambitious, be less scared to do the things your really want to, have better relationships with others and more.
But how can you boost self-confidence? In the long term, it will come from gradually doing things you’re scared of, working out and just acting like you’re more confident. However, you can get an instant self-confidence boost by maintaining a strong posture, smiling and dressing well.
#7) Complain Less
Experts believe that constructive complaining is a healthy part of being human – i.e. complaining in a way that can actually help to change the situation you’re in.
However, complaining regularly for no reason, especially about another person behind their back, won’t do anything to change the situation, will encourage you into thinking of yourself as a victim (rather than changing your circumstances) and spread negativity onto others.
So there you have it. & things you can do starting today, to improve and simplify your life.
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