8 Small Ways You Can Improve Your Life in Less than 30 Minutes
Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making one big gesture. Instead, it’s something you can constantly work on—and it typically comes down to the small things you do every day.
1. Achieve Mindfulness:
I’m sure you’re so sick of hearing that you should “totally try meditation,” especially from your (recently) yoga-crazed mother. But mindfulness is a lot more realistic to achieve than the kind of meditation you hear about because it doesn’t require years of practice and a yoga mat. And, it only takes 30 minutes (or less!) sitting right at your desk.
2. Develop a Consistent Morning Routine:
Hopkins suggests that the key to having a productive day, and saving yourself time in the morning , is “breaking down every task into small steps, then scheduling everything by starting from the end of the day and working backward.” This means you know exactly what activity you’ll do when from the moment you wake up.
Sounds a bit overwhelming, yes, but the reason it works is because you don’t waste any time trying to decide on things—spending 10 minutes picking out an outfit, spending 15 minutes deciding if you want to go on a run. This way, you limit yourself to small minute increments so that you’ll always be out the house exactly on time.
3. Develop a Consistent Bedtime Routine:
A happy, healthy morning starts with a killer bedtime routine. There’s no perfect answer for making your own, but the important thing is to make one and stick to it.
For example, every evening I shower, make my lunch for the next day, and spend 10 or so minutes doing something that relaxes me in bed, whether that’s scrolling through social media, reading 15 pages of a book, or talking to my parents on the phone. It’s not always like this, but the consistency helps me fall asleep better and feel prepared to conquer the day ahead.
4. Re-Do Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep:
Especially when you’re busy or stressed, it can be hard to get your best sleepevery night , even with an awesome routine. Instead, try creating a space where you’ll always feel good going to bed by trying out these seven quick DIY projects .
5. Find an Energizing Midday Activity That’s Good for You:
You probably saw it coming, but just as important as setting a schedule for your mornings and evenings is also having an activity that is guaranteed to bring you out of the worst midday slumps.
6. Make Your Meal:
Making your meals every day not only guarantees you have control over your health, but it’s also cheaper and a great way to learn a new skill or experiment with your cooking abilities.
Plus, you get to boast to co-workers when they ask where you got the food. And for some brag-worthy recipes.
7. Then Eat it Away From Your Desk:
For one thing, taking a break is just good for you. But, she also realized the importance of practicing work-life balanceall day, rather than just after work was over. By giving yourself that time offduring office hours, you’re already one step closer to a healthier, well-balanced life.
8. Revisit Your Goals:
You probably made some New Year’s resolutions or set monthly goals for yourself (whether on paper or in the back of your mind). Have you followed through on any of them? Are there ones you can get rid of, or alter? Do you feel confident in achieving all of them? Take some time this week to reflect positively on how far you’ve come, and think about where you want to be—and maybe write down the steps you need to take to get there