We can always be better.
Yet the frantic nature of the working week often doesn’t allow you the time to truly experience those quieter moments, those rare occasions where you’re able to reflect on our own personal development and growth. Bad habits form, routines become harder to break and in the end, you can potentially become drained and burnt out – emotionally, physically and mentally.
That’s why these 21 handy lifestyle tips, will truly have an impact for those of us who are time poor – better yet they’re really simple to implement. Try a few out each week, so you can start to incorporate them one by one, that way you won’t run the risk of trying to do too much all at once.
Tips To Stay Healthy
1. Exercise 30 minutes every day.
Especially if you don’t do much movement while working, it’s essential that you get some daily exercise. 30 minutes every day are the minimum recommended for optimal health.
2. Eat breakfast every day.
Breakfast is the more important meal of the day, yet so many people skip it. Personally, I like to eat a couple of toasts in the morning along with a fruit beverage.
3. Sleep 8 hours.
Sleep deprivation is never a good idea. You may think that you are gaining time by sleeping less, when in reality you are only gaining stress and tiredness. 8 hours are a good number of hours for most people, along with an optional 20 minutes nap after lunch.
4. Avoid snacking between meals.
Snacking between meals is the best way to gain weight. If you are hungry, eat something concrete. Otherwise don’t. Update: for clarification, I mean don’t eat junk food between meals, but eating real food it’s ok.
5. Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day.
Our body and brain loves getting vegetables and fruit, so I highly recommend eating as much of them as possible. Five portions are the dose that’s usually recommended by many health associations. If you can, squeeze in some fresh fish too – it’s rich in omega-3 & healthy elements.
6. Drink one glass of water when you wake up.
When you wake up, your body is dehydrated and needs liquid. Make the habit of drinking one glass of water after you wake up in the morning. Also, drink more during the day.
7. Avoid soft drinks.
Soft drinks are often some of the most unhealthy beverages you can find. So limit your consumption as much as possible and you’re body will be grateful for that.
Tips To Become More Productive
1. Use an inbox system.
Make the habit of keeping track of all the ideas and things that comes to mind. A program like Evernote is ideal for this.
If you have a list of things to do, where do you start? One way is to prioritize your list. If you are in doubt, ask yourself: “If I could only accomplish one thing today, what would it be?” writing this down first thing in the morning when you get to work, will save you time during the day hopping back and forth.
3. Plan, but not too much.
Planning is important, and you should decide in advance what you are going to do today or this week. However, planning for more than a few weeks is usually inefficient, so I would not worry too much about that.
4. Check your email only twice per day.
Email can easily become an addiction, but it’s usually unnecessary to check it every 10 minutes. Make an effort and check your email only once or twice per day, see if the world will still rotate as before after you try this.
5. Clean off your desk and room.
Having a clear room and desk is important to maintain focus and creativity.
There are a lot of tasks that you need to perform every day or every week. Try to automate them as much as possible.
7. Take one day off per week.
Instead of working every day, take one day off per week (for example sunday) where you are not going to turn on your computer. Use that time for doing recreational activities like going for a walk.
Tips For Personal Development
1. Read 1 book per week.
Reading is a good way to keep your brain active. With just 30 minutes per day you should be able to read one book per week, or more than 50 books per year.
2. Solve puzzles.
Quizzes, word games, etc. are all good ways to exercise your brain.
3. Think positively.
You are what you think. All the time.
4. Make fast decisions.
Instead of thinking for one hour wherever you are going to do something, make your decisions as fast as possible (usually less than 1 minute). Fight against procrastinating.
5. Wait before buying.
Waiting 48 hours before buying anything is a tremendous money saver, try it. If you still want it after 2 days – then it’s worth buying.
6. Meditate 30 minutes per day.
A great way to gain clearness and peace is through meditation. 30 minutes isn’t a large amount but enough to get you started with meditation.
7. Start a blog.
Blogging is one of the best way to put your word out. It doesn’t have to be around a specific topic, even a personal blog will do. It’s your launchpad for creativity & passion.