14 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life in Just 10 Minutes
The very fact that you’ve clicked this article after reading the title tells me that you are yearning for some positive change in your life.
If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place. I have always believed that the smallest of changes lead to the biggest of outcomes. You ought to make some changes to make your life more fulfilling and rewarding.
As T.D. Jakes said,
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”
It’s time to have a look at 14 super-easy and quick ways to improve life with less time and effort.
Let’s take a look at them:
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
The simple act of smiling can not only improve mood but also have a positive effect on those around you. It reduces anxiety and stress by releasing endorphins a.k.a happy hormones that make you look more attractive and approachable.
2. Set up and stick to a routine
If your days don’t have any structure, things are bound to get messy and chaotic. Organize your day by setting up a simple yet effective routine. When you know what is supposed to be done when, you tend to complete work on time.
Apps like ProofHub and Evernote are quite helpful in planning and setting things up.
3. Get moving
With every passing day make sure your body is becoming better and stronger. Don’t neglect your body while chasing other things. If you have a super-busy job and a hectic schedule, start exercising for only 10–15 minutes.
No gym. No equipment. Nothing. Warm up a little and start with 20 pushups, lunges, pull-ups, and do other bodyweight exercises and see the magic.
4. Reduce social media usage
It is predicted that an average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media. Just imagine if you could save half of those five years and spend them doing something worthwhile, see where your life will take you.
Don’t shut it off completely but set a fixed time to check what’s going on your social media profiles and get back to work immediately.
5. Contemplate and introspect
If you are serious about improving your life, you must take some time to sit back and reflect. Get some clarity on what needs to be improved and then just go after it.
When you contemplate, you become self-aware. When are self-aware, you know where you are lacking and you take the needed action to overcome it.
6. Eat more greens
You’ve been told this since you were a child but I don’t mind reiterating the importance of eating healthy. When you put green leafy vegetables and fruits inside your body, your digestion and metabolism become better.
Apart from improving your digestive health, it balances cholesterol levels, maintains cardiovascular health, and increases lifespan. On the top of it, you get optimum energy levels and boost in your overall productivity.
7. Drop that ego
Oftentimes, having an inflated ego could deprive you of basic sanity and lead to inexplicable shallowness in life. When you think that everything revolves around you, you might be restricting your growth and relationships.
The moment you drop that ego and brush off the air, people will start treating you differently and more warmly. This might open new opportunities and avenues for you — both personally and professionally.
8. Read that book
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” — Socrates
Indeed, reading is one of the fastest methods to learn, improve, and grow in life. There are some amazing books that have the potential to change your perspective and will leave you much wiser than before. Now, reading for just ten minutes isn’t much of a task, right?
9. Go outdoors
It could be tiring to be sitting in front of a computer screen and working all day long. Take small breaks after every hour or two. Going out and getting some fresh air could do wonders for your health and efficiency.
Make a point to connect with nature and rejuvenate in its serene surroundings. Plan a picnic, trek, or hike at least once a month.
10. Spend more time with your loved ones
It is always enjoyable to be in the company of those we love and admire deeply. Even spending an hour or two with your loved ones could take away all the fatigue and tiredness.
Try not to have any professional commitments during weekends and spend some quality time with your spouse, kids, parents, friends, and others.
11. Become realistic and practical
Expectations are a big reason that causes distress and grief for many. Your life will automatically change for good when you stop expecting things from others (including family and friends).
Give all your love and support to them but don’t do it to get it back from them. Become practical and self-sufficient so that your happiness doesn’t depend on others.
12. Don’t be too rigid
It’s good to be flexible. Sticking to a set of rules or preconceived notions will make you rigid. When you become too rigid, you might start restricting your growth and happiness
Always be open to new ideas and opinions. It will make your life simpler and will expand your horizons by making you more knowledgeable.
13. Honor people in your life
Don’t become too busy chasing ‘things’ in life that you start taking people in your life for granted. They play an important part in your life and should be given the importance they deserve.
Celebrating their presence will make them feel special and valued. This won’t just strengthen your relationship with them but will also bring happiness and contentment to your life.
14. Say Thank You every day
Thank you is an incredibly powerful pair of words that can bring a noticeable difference to your and someone else’s life especially if the other person isn’t expecting it.
Tony Robbins once said, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
I hope these tips will make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. Do share your hacks and tricks in the comments section.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click