We all do our best to try and manage our work lives every day, but it’s a fast-paced, at times chaotic world out there, and we’re not always prepared for what it can throw at us. Getting the best out of each day can be nearly impossible if you’re not in the right frame of mind. Ideally, you want to be positive, well-rested, feeling good and ready to Carpe that Diem. We’ve all heard the saying that small things can make a big difference. We tend to get caught up in the big picture and overlook the little things that make it up. So instead of focusing on how you can change the world, we’re going to focus on how you can implement small changes at home that will alter how you view and interact with the world around you.
Here are a few easy ones to get you started on your journey to making the most out of every day.
Make Your Bed
Once you’ve surfaced from your slumber, make your bed! It sounds silly, I know, but rather than waiting until after your coffee, brushing your teeth, and so on, just do it. Let me tell you why:
Studies have shown that making your bed first is accomplishing and completing an objective. This leads to a sense of pride, and the urge to accomplish more tasks snowballs throughout the day, which feels pretty good each time you do it.
See, you’re already making disciplined, productive decisions. Here is how you can discover the importance of daily self-discipline.
Enjoy The Little Things
This brings me to my next point. Nothing is trivial; the little things can mean so much, just like making the bed. Without getting the little things right first, getting the big things right is impossible.
Make a list of the things that you think you don’t have time for, the things that you keep putting off around the house. Do them and you’ll instantly feel better.
A great way to do this is by getting your space organised. By space, I don’t just mean the garage that’s overflowing with stuff you never seem to get around to throwing away. Organise your finances. Start a journal to organise your thoughts. Plan your meals. There are so many ways to declutter both your mind and your surroundings.
Now that your mind has been decluttered, a great way to de-stress and be mindful is through meditation.
This is leading up to you appreciating what you have around you and what you have accomplished. Which in turn will start to affect those around you. The good vibes just keep on coming, don’t they?
Be Kind To Yourself
Self-care is often overlooked. A positive attitude can only be achieved by having a positive view of yourself. Do yourself a favour and take some “me time” every day to be with yourself and recharge your batteries. Here’s a self-care blog to give you some more tips on how to show yourself some kindness.
A Healthy Mind Needs A Healthy Body
Sleep, diet, and exercise. You hear about them all the time. There’s a reason for that; they work! Your stress levels go down, you’re more alert, you make better decisions, you’re a better you.
I’m not saying you must work out for 3 hours a day, only eat boiled chicken, broccoli, and kale, and be in bed by 8 pm every night. Remember, we were talking about the little things. Moderation is the key.
Go for a walk or run around the neighbourhood, do a few situps and pushups. A little cardio and a few bodyweight workouts will go a long way. Have a look at how you can develop and stick to your own workout plan.
Instead of processed sugars and carbs, go for natural sweeteners and whole grains, and up your veggie intake. Take one of these courses on diet and nutrition to help you ditch junk food.
Nothing frightening here, just a few small changes at home that will lead to big results as you become healthier, more productive, and ultimately happier at work.
Lastly, and possibly most importantly, instead of constantly looking to the future, be present in the now. You may just surprise yourself.