10 Actionable Tips to Improve Your Life

Chelsea Day

Feeling overwhelmed, overworked, overstressed? With the hecticness of life nowadays, a lot of people are burning out and looking for ways to make life seem more meaningful again. No matter what your dreams or goals are, there are some common approaches that anyone can take to improve their life. It’s all about setting healthy priorities, ditching distractions, and taking things one step at a time. Here are some proven changes to make if you want to dramatically improve your life right now.

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Set Goals

Picture your ideal life. Maybe you would trade in your full-time job for a part-time one so you can focus on becoming a better parent, or maybe you would like to spend more time with your friends. Whatever your goals are, chances are you can achieve them by taking small, simple steps every day. Set intentional goals (and write them down!) to help motivate you through each day.

Create a Daily Schedule

Once you have clear goals, there are usually fairly straightforward paths to help you achieve them. Plan how you’re going to get from Point A to Point B, with a detailed list of daily steps that need to be taken. You can write them out on a calendar, a notepad, a digital checklist, whatever works best for you. Then tackle those action items one-by-one!

Focus on Your Body

Work and home stuff is ever-changing. Your body is the one thing that will absolutely be with you forever, so take care of it! Carve out half an hour each day to exercise. If you don’t have access to gym equipment, you can take a walk, follow an online yoga class, or just sit in your living room and stretch your body. While you’re at it, be intentional about feeding yourself nutritious food, and do your very best to drink enough water each day!

Use Digital Tools

There are so many ways to simplify your life with digital tools. Install a smart thermostat and hub-connected lights to conserve energy and save money on household bills. You can use apps to track your finances, your to do lists, your supply levels and even your exercise. With access to so much incredible technology, there’s little excuse to live in a state of disorganized chaos!

Choose the Easier Path

Many times, the easiest thing is actually the right thing. Change your mindset from an ambitious, scaling-up “tackle as much as possible” approach to one of simplicity and ease. This will help you stop over-committing and over-extending yourself. Establishing boundaries is healthy, and important.

Ditch Toxic Humans

We’ve all made excuses for people, for one reason or another. Maybe they’re family, we’ve known them forever, or they’re important to other people we care about. At the end of the day, though, you can clearly identify the people in your life who only take and never give, and who bring you down with negative energy and poor behavior. It’s your life, and there is no reason to allow people into it if they have bad intentions.

Set Boundaries with Coworkers and Bosses

As a modern professional, you are probably working longer hours than you would prefer. You feel like there are always more tasks to do or clients to speak to, and you have a limited amount of time in the day to do everything. That’s why it so important to make the most of the time you do have!

Don’t let overbearing coworkers or bosses invade your work time and cause tasks to spill over into your personal time. If they’re trying to schedule meetings that are a time-suck, ask if they wouldn’t mind addressing it in an email instead, or at least creating a rough outline of topics so that you can be fully prepared and stay on-task. If they have a propensity for barging into your office and disrupting your focus, go ahead and set specific times to discuss their pressing needs, letting them know that you also require head-down time to get through assignments.

Avoid the Comparison Trap

The grass is always greener on the other side, they say. With the prevalence of glossy social media posts and glorified Hollywood stars, it can be easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with the Joneses. Instead of comparing your life to others and working to keep up with their appearances, look at what you have and focus on gratefulness and appreciation.

Maintain a Positive Mindset

Numerous studies have shown that an attitude of gratitude can improve life dramatically, no matter what your situation is. The best way to do this is to make a habit of listing things you’re thankful for every day. Start a journal and keep track of the many blessings that you encounter! When you become accustomed to looking for the good in life, the inevitable hard things don’t seem quite as insurmountable.

Get Good Sleep

This can be easier said than done, but good sleep is so crucial to a good life. If you struggle with maintaining a consistent bedtime, try to set a deadline for yourself to turn off the TV or computer at least an hour before you want to go to sleep. This will help give your brain time to unwind and process the day, so you can hit the pillow without a frazzled mind. If you tend to struggle with insomnia, try herbal remedies such as melatonin, tea, or essential oils. You may also consider asking your doctor for a prescription for a sleeping pill – if it’s severe. Many people also see lots of success with sleep-tracking apps that showcase the progress they make on a daily basis. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and exercise in your schedule can also help establish a more consistent sleep pattern.

With these actionable tips, changing your life is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other! Breaking the process down into doable chunks is the key to success. Don’t forget to start with a goal in mind, list out your intentions, and reflect back on your progress with an open mind and a grateful heart.

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