Well Friends, another New Year is upon us. People around the globe are setting larger-than-life resolutions, some of them will be discarded by the wayside come spring. Today we offer something more simple than Losing 50 pounds, Running a marathon, or getting that long awaited promotion. Today we are offering 20 simple tips that will instantly change your life for the better.
Read them, adapt them into your life, and have a silent smile when a co-worker of friend comes to you mid-April complaining of their resolution failures.
1. Turn off your phone at night. At least an hour before bed, get off your cellphone and put it somewhere inacessible; charge it accross the room, leave it downstairs. Not only will it help you wind down and help you acheive a more restful night, but you’ll also find without the distraction of the internet and apps the night won’t fly you by.
2. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier. Avoid the snooze. (If you moved your cellphone accross the room like we mentioned in point one, use it as your alarm. You’ll have to get up to turn it off). You’ll find yourself better-prepared for the day if you allow yourself more time in the morning to get ready.
3. Opt for water instead of soda/juice/caffeine once per day. Your body will relish in the extra hydration and if you’re a serial offender, you’ll slowly decrease your bodies dependance on caffeine + sugar.
4. Take periodic media breaks. If your job or lifestyle requires you to spend the majority of your time blinking at a screen, take periodic breaks that involve some form of physical activity. Even getting up, stretching, and grabbing a cup of water from the other side of the office will help rest your eyes and get the blood moving.
5. Park further from the door. Remember when you had just gotten your license? You weren’t a confident parker, and always steered your way to the back of the lot where there were fewer cars. It’s time to take a walk down memory lane (literally) and use this easy tip to work some extra steps in.
6. Eat off of a smaller plate. Studies show that simply reducing your plate size will lower the average calorie consumption per meal without impacting your feeling of fullness. Who knew you could trick your brain into eating less??
7. Dedicate a couple of hours of ‘me time’ every Sunday. If you don’t have a typical Monday-Friday, whatever your ‘Sunday’ may be – guarantee yourself some ‘me’ time and guarantee yourself some relaxing. It may be a long walk, bike ride or hike – or even shutting in with a good book or drawing a quiet bath. This is a great way to reset yourself for a new week, and also gives you something to look forward to during an especially trying week.
8. Tackle Clutter. At least once a week, (or once a day.. if you’re a bit of a pack-rat), make an attempt to declutter a small section of your space. It could be a desk, your drawers, a closet. You’ll get the instant reward of tackling an anoying projects, and before you know it- the nooks and crannies of your home will be in tip top shape!
9. Listen to a podcast or audiobook. If you travel quite often for work or life, switch off the top 40 and download an informational podcast or an audiobook. It’s a great way to expand your knowledge and culture without sacrificing any precious time.
10. Make a concious effort to be more kind. Hold the door, be kind to your barista, put extra change in the parking meter, etc. Try to take opportunities for small acts of kindness wherever you find them.
11. Stick to your bedtime. Police yourself in the evening hours to ensure you are winding down in the hours before bed. Turn off the lights, keep away from computer and mobile screens and avoid consuming any caffeine.
12. Keep Healthy Snacks in the House. When the urge to snack arises, have healthy snacks on-hand to avoid bad snacking. Carrots and celery sticks, hummus, small handfuls of nuts, fresh fruit, etc.
13. Set up trickle deposits. Depending on your income and current financial situation, set up a small automatic withdrawel into your checking account. Even $5 a week can help you save and extra couple $100 a year!
14. Write it down. Have a goal or to-do list? It can help solidify your determination to put it on paper.
15. Expand your network. Talk to a stranger, text an old friend, email an aquaintance. Increasing and strengthening your connections with the world will Create bridges and avenues that can benefit you professionally AND personally.
16. Have conversations with people outside your generation. You’ll expand your view of the world and see it from a new perspective.
17. Keep your goals front-of-mind. Do you have longterm goals? Don’t let your future-self brush them by the wayside. Use a dry erase marker and write them on your bathroom mirror, backwards on the outside of your shower, paste them above your coffee pot or kettle. You’l be reminded of them every morning and throughout the day.
18. Go Outside. Can your spare a few minutes? Go grab some fresh air. It’s a great way to take a quick break, but also a good way to sneak in some Vitamin D if your job doesn’t allow you much natural light.
19. Increase your veg. Aim to have no less than 50% of your plate dedicated to non-starchy vegetables. Bonus points if it’s dark, leafy greens as they are richest in nutrients.
20. Give yourself permission. If there is something you’ve been wanting to do, or something you’ve kept your eye on for a while, give yourself permsision. If it’s something extravagent, give yourself terms in which to earn it. Don’t keep dreaming and coveting. Either get it, or set goals to obtain it.