How many of us want to transform our lives and are ready to do anything to achieve that? Yet many of us fail. Sigh! Every successful person follows these, while most people ignore. The reason behind this is that we believe that to transform our lives, we have to bring about major changes in our lifestyle, which is a daunting task in itself. To change old habits, to change lifestyle, to change circumstances, these are the most difficult ones.
While focusing on these major changes we ignore the small ones, which are a must for our lives and can affect adversely if neglected. Yet, we mostly keep on deferring most of these activities for tomorrow as we are busy doing big things. If you can incorporate these tiny steps in your routine life, they can truly transform you.
1. Exercise daily
It’s the smallest thing, but most fundamental for our lives to keep our body healthy. The human body is not meant to lead a sedentary lifestyle & munching snacks; rather it is meant for locomotion. Whatever big thing you are running after, a healthy body is essential to achieve it and later enjoy it. Yet most of us keep on postponing it.
You are so tired of your routine that you end up saying, “I will start doing exercise from tomorrow.” and that tomorrow never comes. This small change in your perspective can keep you healthy in the long run. If half an hour every day from 24 hrs can keep you healthy and strong then why delay it? And if you still feel that it’s impossible to do, then you will have to invest much more time and money at a later date.
2. Making the right food choices
It seems daunting and complicated at first but it’s the easiest one. Because you eat at least 5 times a day, 3 meals and 2 snacks. You just have to choose between wrong and right food for your body. A choice can be made within a minute. Five minutes in 24 hours can be spared easily? What do you think?
Choose what’s best for your body instead of junk food. Learn about your body intelligence. Explore about your body and you will know what to eat and whatnot. You don’t have to spend days searching for healthy recipes.
Understand what’s best for you, not what others suggest as healthy options. Make the right food choices. You’re anyways making these choices every day, you just have to be little conscious to make the right ones.
3. A bit of relaxation
Small breaks for relaxation won’t harm you rather it will increase your productivity. While running throughout the day, you have to be on your toes. This continues stress can harm your body and mind. Find out which relaxation technique is best for you. For me, silent sitting for 10 minutes or a small green tea break works best, which I can do anywhere in the office or a coffee shop.
Instead of crying later about how stressful lifestyle or work affected your health, make use of relaxation techniques. keep your phone away while doing so. Don’t hop from one task to another. You will see its benefits in the long run.
4. Sound sleep
Most of the people are aware of the health effects of sound sleep, still, some choose to be ignorant. You need at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day. During sleep, our body repairs the wear and tear of body organs, which happens during the daily activities.
If you don’t sleep for enough hours, then these repairs can’t be done. In the long run, it causes serious problems. So get sound sleep, leave the TV screen, no matter how much you were longing to see that TV series or movie, which is live on the TV. Leave your laptops, mobiles, social media or work. Those are your sleeping hours. Do it for the sake of your body.
Nothing can be more important than your health, not even your temptation to watch the screens. Understand these temptations for staying awake are harmful to your health.
Prepare your body before sleeping hours.
If you sleep at 10 pm, then have your last meal at 8 pm.
No liquids before bed. No caffeine after 7 pm. I personally don’t take caffeine at all, because it spoils my sleep. Also, keep in mind that it’s easier to sleep five more minutes by sleeping early than snoozing that alarm in the morning.
5. Keeping your room and office table clutter-free
How many of you have the habit to take things out of cupboards, boxes or drawers and leaving them wherever you last used them? Change this habit immediately. It won’t take more than a minute to keep things back at their place after use. If you have taken scissors out of the drawer, keep it back at its place. Later when you need them, you won’t have to search for it or remember where did you use it last time.
Do it with everything, file, stationary, earphones, books, etc. This will help you to stay in a clutter-free space, which will save you plenty of time and energy spent on searching for things around. It helps you think rationally without disruption as well.
6. Finishing tasks which can be done in 2 minutes
There are many small things in our daily routine, which can be done within 2 minutes. For example, putting eggs to boil or put the electric kettle on to boil water for oats before shower in the morning, so that you can get a healthy breakfast after you get ready (Otherwise you may suffice with Starbucks coffee and would spend a fortune on a fancy but unhealthy breakfast).
Keeping things in its place after use. Put dirty clothes in the laundry after the change, instead of throwing them around in the room. Make your bed immediately after getting up. There are many more. Find out according to your lifestyle and make sure you do them right away, instead of making a mountain of pending work or household chores.
We talk the most with ourselves. But we don’t spend much time in self inception rather babble. Self-introspection can help you evaluate whatever you do during the day. You can find out easily where you are lacking and what you have achieved so far. You can know yourself better through introspection. You come to know about your strengths and your weaknesses.
When you understand yourself well, it becomes easier for you to make choices for day-to-day activities. It helps you to be what you are, not to run after what you aren’t. You come to know that makes you happy. You understand your desires, dreams, reality and so on.
Self-introspection is like looking into the mirror. You get to know where you need to work the most to get a better version of yourself. These 10 minutes can really show you the path to success.
8. Implementing automation in place to make daily activities easier
In today’s digital world, you can use automated methods to make your work easy and save you a lot of time in repetition. To implement these automation methods in place requires little time at first, but most of us make an excuse for not having time to do it.
Take some time out of your daily routine and do it. Because you will get some extra hours and extra energy after you set the automation system in place, which you can utilize on something of more importance.
9. Picking out your next day clothing the night before
Are you one of them who struggles with your clothing every morning? Then make sure that your wardrobe is clutter-free and decide in advance what you are going to wear the next day. This will save you from morning frustration that you get (and may carry for the rest of the day) when you’re unable to choose what to wear.
10. Scheduling the activities
Schedule your activities in advance. It helps you stay active without obstacle. You won’t be at work when you have to be with your kids at their sports day.
Scheduling helps you to keep yourself ahead of time, and you save energy, which is otherwise spent on small decision-making matters. Also, you won’t forget things. Use reminders if you forget things occasionally.
These above seems very small things, but leave big impacts on your life. Do them and you will be thankful to yourself in the future for doing so. This saying fits here properly ‘we see what we want to see’.
When we look at a successful person, we want to know how they succeeded. While searching for the answer we believe that they must be doing something substantial to succeed. This illusion doesn’t let us see that these successful people do small things which make a difference in the distant future. They do things differently and now is your time to change your perspective towards your daily tasks.
What are those small things which benefited you in the long run? Do share with us.