Looking to start some daily habits to improve your life this year? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Here are some insanely easy daily habits to change your life for the better.
If you’re like me, disorder and lack of planning can send you into a spiral of unproductivity. I have found that the first thing one must do is to get their environment in order.
By creating your space you are setting yourself up for success and will find more motivation throughout your day.
- DAILY HABITS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
- 1. MAKE YOUR BED
- 2. NOURISH YOUR BODY
- 3. GET READY FOR THE DAY
- LET’S PLAN LIFE TOGETHER!
- 4. PLAN OUT YOUR DAY
- 5. CONSUME MORE VEGGIES
- 6. MOVE YOUR BODY
- 7. CONSUME LESS SOCIAL MEDIA
- 8. STAY HYDRATED
- 9. GET OUTDOORS
- 10. DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE
- 11. READ MORE
- 12. EMBRACE MINIMALISM
- 13. CONNECT IRL
- 14. MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THOSE IN NEED
- 15. GO TO BED EARLY(ER)
- 16. TRACK YOUR FINANCES
DAILY HABITS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
1. MAKE YOUR BED
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before and there is truth to starting your day with this one task. As soon as I wake up, I make every effort to make my bed immediately. Not only does this force me out of bed, but I’m also less likely to hop back under the covers once my bed is made and tidy.
It also drastically changes the look of my bedroom to a more organized and clean space. And finally, starting your day by making your bed will help you feel accomplished. You have crossed off the first item on your to-do list and you haven’t even had your cup of coffee — congrats!
2. NOURISH YOUR BODY
Intermittent fasting has been a buzzword for the past few years. There may be some truth to this health practice, but I’m not convinced. My first meal of the day was usually consumed around noon, after a couple of cups of coffee. I thought this would help me lose some extra pounds I had been trying to lose. What I found is that I was so ravished by lunch, that I would overeat.
Now, I try to whip up a hearty breakfast before drinking my coffee. I aim for a protein-packed breakfast of either eggs and avocado or a protein smoothie. This helps keep me satisfied all morning and helps me make better meal decisions throughout the day.
3. GET READY FOR THE DAY
Many people have to get dressed to head to work, but what about us working from home? When I started working from home, I found myself in my pajamas until noon. That’s when I started to make the conscious effort to hop in the shower after making my bed and getting into something comfortable.
Sometimes it would be an outfit to run errands. Sometimes it would be some loungewear and slippers. Either way, changing into day clothes made a huge difference. It changed my mindset and got me into my “work mode”. I would also apply my skincare, some light makeup, jewelry, and perfume.
Doing this greatly improved my mood and productivity. I’m also more likely to create content when I’m presentable which also boosts productivity.
LET’S PLAN LIFE TOGETHER!
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4. PLAN OUT YOUR DAY
I can attest that going into your day without a plan is a sure way to waste your time. When I plan my day and have a to-do list written out, I tend to keep myself on track and accountable.
Kind of like a grocery list. Go to the market without one and you’re bound to forget something. Writting things down and crossing them off your list also helps with a sense of accomplishment. Whether you enjoy a digital planner or a paper planner, be sure you have one, that you will use, and stick to it.
Planners are not only good for your work duties but also your day. Plan your workouts, your meal times, and your break times.?This will help keep you on a schedule and also help prioritize your wellness. There have been times I’ve sat in front of my computer for hours without taking a break. Be sure to schedule break times to help you decompress and relax before getting back at it.
5. CONSUME MORE VEGGIES
Am I sounding like a mother or what? Yes, there is truth to eating healthier foods in general. But this doesn’t mean you need to do a whole fridge overhaul. If you have a hard time incorporating healthy veggies into your meals, start small.
Add some spinach to your morning smoothie, or add some peppers to your burrito bowl at Chipotle. Adding veggies into your meals will help but you have to stay consistent. Creating healthier meals can be simple if you plan. I love to browse Pinterest for plant-based meals and many are so delicious my kids will eat them.
Another way to consume your daily intake of greens is with green juice. I drink water mixed with my Amazing Grass Greens Blend in the mornings to get it in nice and early.
This also goes with consuming more whole, nutrient-dense foods. Limit processed and fried foods. Try making your favorite dishes at home. A lot of restaurant food is full of excess fat, sugar, and sodium, not to mention enormous portion sizes.
By making your meals at home, you’ll likely save money and can also regulate what ingredients and how much of them are used.
6. MOVE YOUR BODY
Whether you can only fit in a 20-minute online pilates session at home or choose to lift weights at the gym, the plan is to move.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of movement every day. If you find it hard to fit in a whole 30 minutes, break them up into 15-minute morning and afternoon workouts. And don’t forget the cardio.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity.
7. CONSUME LESS SOCIAL MEDIA
Have you ever “rewarded” yourself with a social media break after crossing a few tasks off your list? I have! After a couple of hours of hard work at the computer, I pick up my phone and open my Instagram app and before long, it’s been 5 minutes of just continuous scrolling.
Not only is mindlessly scrolling a time suck but it also derails you from what you are trying to accomplish.
Looking at what everyone else is doing and slowly demotivating yourself and going down the spiral that is comparison paralysis. Focusing on everyone else’s accomplishments and feeling like you lack any accomplishments and feeling like a failure.
Instead, place your phone in another room and out of reach. Turn off all social media notifications and also schedule a time in the day, preferably after work, when you can check your Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat.
8. STAY HYDRATED
This may be a hard one for a lot of people, but it’s crucial. Drinking water throughout the day is one of the best health choices you can make. Staying hydrated will help with that brain fog and I found that the frequent restroom breaks force me to take a small break and get some steps in.
Get yourself a tumbler or refillable bottle and keep it on your desk. Make it visible and within reach so you’re more prone to reach for it often.
9. GET OUTDOORS
Make an effort to get outside every day. Feel the sunshine on your face, take a brisk walk around your building or street, and take in the sights of nature.
All of this can help boost your mood and has multiple health benefits. When possible, station your workspace near a window. Working in a bright space will help productivity and instantly boost your mood.
10. DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE
Decluttering your workspace is one thing, but you should also look into decluttering your phone. This goes back to that social media distraction.
Once a month, I like to go through my phone and delete apps that I no longer use. I also declutter my inbox, you know that email address you use to sign up for all those retailer discounts? Just go ahead and hit that ‘delete all’ button.
Finally, declutter your social media. Go through your following list and delete accounts that no longer serve you. Does that accounts page make you feel bad about yourself? IMMEDIATE DELETE.
Be sure to keep your unfollows below 20 a day. Deleting mass accounts on Instagram will cause Meta to lock your account for some time.
Instead, follow accounts that you find motivating and bring you joy. You may want to start with, oh I don’t know, @mariasmunoz , for a random example.
11. READ MORE
Reading books is a great swap for your nightly social media scrolling. Replacing reading with screens is also a great way to improve your sleeping habits and may help you fall asleep quicker.
This was a new habit I started in 2023. I read more books in 2023 than I had in the previous 10 years – crazy, I know! I noticed that my preferred nightly wind-down consisted of a few hours of Bravo shows. I then would pour myself into bed around 11 pm only to find my early wake-up call excruciating.
Now, I try to only watch 1 show (baby steps OK?) before retreating to my bed for some nightly reading and early bedtime.?I like to alternate between novels and self-improvement books — currently reading Atomic Habits.
12. EMBRACE MINIMALISM
Embracing minimalism kind of goes hand in hand with decluttering your life. If you’re like me, trying to keep all your possessions in their place can be a little difficult sometimes. I find that the more stuff I accumulate, the more disorganized and chaotic my life is.
This past year I made an effort to get rid of items that no longer served me. As a fashion and beauty content creator, I tend to collect a ton of items for my work. I schedule quarterly clean-ups with all my fashions that no longer excite me and donate to a local charity.
I also discard any expired skincare or makeup. I’ve adopted a very minimal daily beauty routine with a few tried and true products which has kept me from buying new things that I don’t need. My makeup routine is very minimal and neutral so there was no reason to buy multiple eyeshadow palettes. Less is more!
13. CONNECT IRL
There is just something about getting together with friends or family for dinner or a cup of coffee that just warms my soul. Unlike a text or phone call, in-person connections have the power to bring us peace and a sense of community — just be sure you connect with someone you like and whose company you enjoy.
Humans are not meant to be solitary beings. We were made for community. I believe this is extremely important for those who live alone or may work from home without much human contact.
If you find yourself alone in your town or city, look to the internet for local meet-ups or events. Another great way to connect with people is by volunteering or joining a group at your church.
14. MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THOSE IN NEED
There are two ways you can contribute to a non-profit or charity. You can contribute your time by volunteering at an animal shelter, food pantry, or church.
Or you can contribute monetarily to an organization that you hold dear to your heart. Whether it’s a children’s cancer research charity or your local Red Cross, many of these organizations count on donations to continue the work they do.
Whichever you choose, donating and giving back is a great way to bring positivity into your life and make you feel great for helping make a difference.
15. GO TO BED EARLY(ER)
This one may be a little difficult for those night owls, but I am an early bird and like to get the most out of my mornings.
Going to bed earlier will allow you to get those recommended 7-8 hours of sleep that you need to feel your absolute best. When you’re sleep-deprived, you may find yourself consuming multiple cups of coffee or other caffeine alternatives to stay alert and awake throughout the day.
According to this article, consuming too much caffeine may cause anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and high blood pressure to name a few side effects.
Try to decrease the amount of caffeine or switch to tea. However, the best way to combat that tired feeling is to make sure you’re getting a full night’s sleep.
16. TRACK YOUR FINANCES
One of the most anxiety-inducing tasks for many people is keeping track of their finances. Worst yet, not budgeting and coming up short every month.
Each month, be sure to write down all your expected expenses; mortgage or rent, auto payment, cell phone, internet, student loans, etc. Estimate your monthly income and budget for those non-negotiables.
Don’t forget to set some money aside for savings. This will give you a better idea of what you can spend on things like eating out, entertainment, or coffee. Keeping track of your finances gives you a better hold on your financial health and will alleviate some of the anxiety that comes with having to pay your bills.
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