If you haven’t made any resolutions or set any goals for this year yet, you’ve still got plenty of time.
While “Go big or go home” sounds good, it’s small changes that will be the most sustainable, and thus have the most impact.
Sustainability allows for consistency, and it’s consistency — not will power — that will help you bring change.
We’ve made a list of some small, easy steps you can take to live your best life. (We also have a list of ways to make and keep your resolutions here.)
Read on to live your best life in 2018!
1. Start today, right now.
“Tomorrow” is a mythical, magical place where everything gets done. Unfortunately, “tomorrow” never comes more often than not. So seize the day, seize the moment, and get started.
The time is going to pass anyway, so get like Nike and just do it.
2. Do one radical act of self-care a week.
Celebrate yourself, just because! Whether it’s taking a class you love, getting a mani/pedi, indulging in a craving, watching a movie or a TV series, reading a book, or lighting some candles and taking a bath, get that “me time” in. Find a way to treat yourself at least once a week.
3. If it takes only a few minutes, do it now.
Procrastination is mad real. How many times do you put off simple five minute tasks like making phone calls, sending an email, or tidying something up? Similarly, if you have an extra five minutes, start a new task. You can always revisit it later.
4. Read for at least 30 minutes a day.
“Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.” — Jim Rohn
Statistics show that the average CEO reads four to five books a month, which is four to five times more than the average person reads in a year. If you read 30 minutes a day, that’s 3.5 hours a week. You could read anywhere from 12 to 24 books a year at that rate, which is, at minimum, far greater than the four books a year the average person reads.
5. Pack lunches or cook more often than you eat out.
You’ll be in control of the ingredients, save calories, and save money. Winning!
6. Meditate for at least five minutes a day.
Meditation is a major key for living your best life. Besides the mental and physical benefits, meditation can also help teach you discipline. A disciplined mind can — and will — accomplish anything you set out to do.
7. Set a sleep schedule.
Sleep is important! Scientists say that our society is experiencing a “catastrophic” lack of sleep and it’s killing us by increasing our risks for potentially fatal diseases like heart disease, cancer, and strokes. And if that isn’t a reason to get more shut eye, we don’t know what is!
Try going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, to re-train your body to sleep.
8. Unplug & disconnect to reconnect with yourself and those around you.
In today’s day and age, we are constantly glued to our cell phones. We know; it’s addicting. If we invested the time we spend perusing social media out of boredom, habit, or entertainment in reading or learning a new skill, it would be incredibly easy to read more than thirty minutes a day or even learn a new language.
One of the biggest downfalls of being so plugged in is that we’re often tuned out. Set aside times and places that are a no-go zone for your phone, such as the dinner table, in bed, during date night, driving, the hour before bedtime, and family dinners.
Get the whole family in on the plan if you need to. These times are a gift, and we need to be fully present.
9. Make time to stretch daily.
Most of us sit for hours at a stretch, with little to no physical activity. Stretching keeps our muscles moving, increases circulation and blood flow, and can even increase our coordination. There are plenty of stretches you can do in the office or while you’re working.
10. Keep a journal.
If you’re like many, you probably kept a diary as a kid. Journaling isn’t just for kids — it’s beneficial for people of all ages. You can keep a food journal to help you reign in your eating habits, a gratitude journal to help maintain a positive mindset, or even a business journal/planner to help you map out and plan your business ideas and goals. The possibilities are endless!
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As always, we love hearing from you — Drop a comment below and let us know what changes you’ll be making this year. Will you be implementing any of our suggestions? You can also send us an email here.
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