Improve your lifestyle and energise your day with simple advice that anyone can follow.
There will be some mornings that you wake up, and you feel on top of the world. And others when you will wake up and think ‘I need to sort my life out’. Most of the time, there is a range of small and straightforward changes that can have a far-reaching impact. Habits are built or broken over time, and wealth can be generated in the same way. So if you are looking to upgrade your lifestyle, and are ready to commit to the lifestyle that you want — here are some tips for you.
Sure you already get up each morning, but what time? Do you find you are rushing around, forgetting things, leaving half of your coffee and stressed? That is an awful way to start your day. You’re not alone though, millions of people do this and accept it as standard. It isn’t, though. You can make the commitment to wake up earlier each day, and arrange the mornings in a productive and organised way.
You don’t just start this by setting your alarm a whole hour earlier, because you’re quickly going to decide that isn’t for you. Instead, you do it in increments. Start with 15 minutes at a time, and each week increase it. This gives your body time to adjust.
Productivity & Organization
If you are working from home, running your own business — or even working for someone else, you probably aren’t maximising your time. Which means you aren’t maximizing your income either. There is a range of tools that you can implement to help you get everything in order and make the most of your time.
- Slack — Used for communication and easy for file sharing
- Google Docs — Great for collaboration and file sharing, amazing storage options and offline access too
- Caato Time Tracker – Ideal if you need to invoice based on the time. The paid upgrade is ideal
- Pomodoro — This will help you maximize how you use your time by giving you specific time slots to complete. It also gives you breaks. Makes Parkinson’s Law work in your favour
- Evernote — can speed up the idea generation process. You can add files, photos, notes and doodles in while you are on the go
- Sanebox — Will arrange, declutter and make your mailbox look neat and tidy (which important if you want to have fewer notification disturbances and focus only one what matters)
When it comes to organising your time, this is going to be the most essential thing for you. Look at how you are spending your working and free time. The chances are you could trim down your working hours, and increase your ‘free time’ with a few tweaks. What you decide to do with your free time is up to you.
Life is too short to drive a car you hate, or one that you just don’t enjoy. Think about how much time you spend in your car every day or week. Doesn’t it make sense in that case that you want to drive something that you love?
One of the most enjoyable things about buying a new or nearly new car is the sheer volume that is available to you. And when you have companies like Beck Evans that source prestige cars — with finance options, you might just realise that the vehicle of your dreams could soon be sitting on your drive.
This might sound a little blasé, but actually, it is really beneficial. Reading gives you the ideal opportunity to relax and unwind. It is one of the most relaxing hobbies that someone can have. Which means if you deal with a lot of work pressures, you can dampen the impact of the cortisol with some dopamine instead.
Not only that, but you can improve your knowledge in a range of different areas. And if you dedicate that time to increasing your expertise in your specific work area, you will increase your value to your employer, or be able to produce better work for your personal clients.
If you are the kind of person who grabs a frozen pizza and has that because it takes less time than fresh prep, it might be time to reconsider. There are many options when it comes to fast food, that is healthy for you. If you don’t like the idea of prep, meal planning and grocery shopping, then it can be easier and more cost-effective to have a meal delivery service. This means you’ll have almost zero food waste, and have exactly what you need delivered.
Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables (and water), is one of the quickest ways to improve your general health and how much energy you have. Which then will impact you when it comes to staying on track for productivity and certainly for getting up earlier.
You don’t have to be a Michelin star chef to produce great meals, just make sure that you give yourself the time each day to cook and eat well as part of your new lifestyle.
If your home needs some attention because it is cluttered, or you want to strip it back and live a more minimal lifestyle, then you are going to need to set some time aside and get to work on that decluttering. Donate, sell or throw away anything that you won’t be using any time soon, and make some space for the sake of space in your home.
You don’t need to invest in stocks and shares, although a small amount here and there is a good idea. You should consider everything that you purchase as an investment. When you purchase clothing, rather than buy fast/cheap fashion, save and buy something that will last. The same goes for shoes. The same mindset should be applied to furniture, electrics and everything else too. So while you might need to wait a little longer to own something, you will get more wear out of it in the long run.
So spend some time looking at where you can make your upgrades, and do them bit by bit until you get the impact you want and the lifestyle that fits your needs.