Everyone wants to be a better version of ourselves. We get bogged down in the daily events and chores of life and fail to find time to realize who we could be and should be. Here are some tips to make sure you are making the best of each and every moment you have.
1. Remember that perfecting your present will give you the future you desire. While long term goals are necessary, it is what you do, say and act upon right this very minute that helps you build that better future for yourself.
2. Remember you are a work in progress. You can improve a little bit each day. For example, you can eat a little healthier, spend a little more time being active, or work on improving your reactions to stress. Eventually these new habits become a part of who you are. You EVOLVE into a new and better version of yourself. This comes from just taking small steps each and every day.
3. Avoid procrastination because of fear. Often the things that sit in our in bin, on our counters and on the floor of the closet are the things we don’t know what to do about. Stop putting these things off. The stress of worrying takes much more energy than the task itself. Dive in and get it done. You’ll feel great about taking care of things and without the clutter building up around you, focusing on the important things is easier.
4. Make things perfect-for you! Stop agonizing about your home looking like Pottery Barn or your makeup looking like a Victoria Secret model’s. Determine what is perfect for YOU and strive for it. That may mean that you clean the kitchen every day or you clean out your in box once a week. Make guidelines and stick with them. Areas to evaluate and create guidelines for are; your car, your home, your desk/work space, your wardrobe, your surroundings, your body and your mind.
5. Use your time wisely. Stop doing things like simple errands. Order things online, buy in bulk and do without. Save your time and spend it on things you love and with people you love. Your kids will remember the games you play together, not the errands you ran to buy toilet paper. Create a stockpile for yourself so you have to shop less frequently.
6. Eat well. Know what you are eating, plan for the unexpected events that will come up and eat whole foods. Good guidelines are the amount of time the food can stay in your pantry. If it is good for months, it isn’t good for you. Eat for health and energy and occasionally, treat yourself.
7. Having less is truly more. If you have a home filled with so much stuff and space that it takes you a significant amount of time to clean and care for everything, you may want to pare down. Having less space forces you to really determine what is important to you. What is worth of taking up space in your home, life and mind? If you have too many clothes, you will be overwhelmed when it comes time to get dressed. Keep what you love and what makes you feel amazing. Teach your children to do the same.
8. Say no and don’t be afraid to walk away. If you spend time on committees or at lunches that you just don’t enjoy, it is okay to back away. While we all have some obligations that aren’t so fun, it is important to spend your precious hours with the people, causes and doing the things that are near and dear to your heart. If you fill up every waking moment with commitments, you simply won’t be able to take care of yourself.
9. Be selfish. Being selfish has a negative connotation. However, in reality taking care of yourself is an important component to being successful at everything else you do-being a parent, an employee, a friend, or a significant other. Take the time you need for yourself. In most cases it fits into your schedule and life better than you think it will. If you have to get up a bit earlier or adjust your lunch schedule, doing things like working out, learning or other forms of self care are vitally important to your happiness and satisfaction in your other relationships.
10. Don’t be afraid of happiness. Our society rewards crazy business and those who seem to “make it all happen”. Society’s view of you means nothing. You simply need to focus on what makes YOU happy, what you love, and what you want your life to look like. Don’t be afraid to be able to tell people you spent your day playing with your kids, reading or at the gym. It is about carving out the life you want for yourself. This is done through making the right decision, for you, all day, every day.
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