13 Life improving habits you can start right now
Sometimes, I just feel stuck. Stuck in my routine, not moving forward in life at all. At the end of the month, I feel like I haven't gotten anything done that I wanted to and even at the end of most days. Now, this isn't all the time, just occasionally. When I starting to analyze why this might be happening, I found that I had stopped working on these simple tasks below regularly. As soon as I place them back into in my schedule, everything starts clicking and moving full steam ahead! And literally put them in your schedule (head to #6 for more on this).
As someone who works remotely, a lot of these habits are critical to my success. Stepping away from my computer that I stare at 8 hours a day to get outside or to get my body moving is almost crucial to my success. With many more people joining the remote workforce now, these steps can help you figure out how to tackle both that and your everyday life!
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1. Set long term goals
Where do you want to go? Really think about what you want for your career, finances, and personal life. Make these outrageous. Shoot for the stars and if you miss you will still land on the moon.
2. Set short term goals
Setting short term goals is a great way to get the ball rolling on what is important to you. Short term goals are the small steps you need to reach your long term goals.
3. Create a morning routine
Getting a morning routine going will make your day go smoother. When your morning is chaos so is the rest of your day. You can bypass this by sticking to a smooth morning routine. Here are some more tips on how to do this!
4. Create a nightly routine
Getting a good night's sleep is essential to slaying the next day. Getting into a routine can help your body wind down and get ready for sleep. I recommend a routine that involves some light yoga, getting ready for the next day and reading. No screens!
5. Figure out your priorities
Really think about what's important to you. What could you let go of to reach the goals you've set for yourself? Setting your priorities helps you to make hard decisions when they come.
6. Plan ahead - Make a schedule
Make a schedule for your day, week, month and even your year! Keep track of what is happening and what needs to get done. Planning makes everything go quicker, easier and ensures you won't drop the ball. If something comes up, you can be flexible as well. Could you be anymore organized?
7. Take time away from work
Take your vacation. Take your breaks. When you are home, be home. We need time to relax and enjoy everyday life away from our career goals.
8. Put the screens down
Get back to nature or have a real conversation with someone that is not interrupted by buzzing or the tv. Putting screens down is also good for your health!
9. Practice real self-care
As a society, we have a problem with thinking self-care = bath bombs and the like. Real self-care is checking in with your health, mental and physical. Workout, check-in with how you have been eating, and get some good zzz's.
10. Organize your home
Getting your home together will help get your mind together. Working, making a meal, or just relaxing is easier when your home is clean and clutter-free.
Working out is a great way to get your body and mind going. Getting away from your desk and other stressors will be helpful in the long run! You might even have a revelation during a run or yoga!
Meditation is not what you think it might be. It's about acknowledging your thoughts, accepting them and moving onto the next. This can help you sort out your cluttered mind, come up with new solutions and practice mantra which can help you reach your goals!
13. Go out by yourself
Setting aside time for yourself is important. Take yourself out to dinner with a book. Settle in for a night of tea and podcasts. Or get away from all distractions and check-in with yourself, your goals, and reflect.