18th May 2024

Powerful actions that can be applied in your life in a few minutes every day or week

Radical change is hard. Really hard.

Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making huge changes or taking one massive leap. Those kinds of changes don’t last.

What works is something you can consistently do that can easily become a habit — small changes or tiny actions that still have a huge impact on all areas of your life.

Below are some simple but powerful actions that can be applied in your life in a few minutes every day or week. Each one is worth remembering as you schedule your calendar and choose what to do with your time every day.

“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.” ― Richard G. Scott

Progress is a huge motivator — sound yourself with a “done list”. Relish your progress and keep adding to it.

Time, not money, is your most valuable asset — defend it like your life depends on it because it does. Invest it wisely.

Don’t over-plan and under-act! By all means, make plans but your focus should be on taking actions daily to get closer to the big picture.

Don’t invest in a career. Build a life — a life you will be proud of. Take your passion projects and dreams seriously. Make time for what you care about.

“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything. To make real progress feed your focus and starve your distractions. Your progress depends on it.

Pay yourself first: save or invest just 5% of what you earn — your future self will thank you for it.

Open an investment account and automatically transfer the 5% of what you earn into it every month. That’s how you build wealth over time.

Worry is a waste of time; it’s a misuse of your imagination — if you must worry do it on paper. Get a journal.

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”― Madonna

The real-world rewards those who get stuff done — choose deep work over busy work every time. That’s how you get real work done.

Create a morning routine that works for you — it can lead to greater sanity and happiness, and you can achieve your goals faster.

Choose to do more hyper-productive activities that produce the biggest results. Those should be on your to-do list every morning.

Set goals you can actually accomplish — Audacious goals don’t work. Build a personal framework for achieving your realistic goals.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ― Jim Rohn

Write things out — keeping a journal is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress due to its meditative and reflective effects.

Don’t start an exercise habit you can’t sustain — find a type of exercise you love, and do it as often as you can, even if that means doing it for just 5 or 10 minutes every day.

Want a better relationship? Spend more time celebrating the good things, complementing their efforts and less time criticising them.

“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”― John Dryden

Take a casual walk — A quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief. Don’t rush it.

Improve the quality of your sleep — reduce caffeine, avoid electronic device and noise a few hours before bed.

A lack of sleep weakens your immune system, harms your productivity, and makes it harder to be happy.

Be grateful for everything good in your life — you’d be smarter to spend more time appreciating the good things you already have.

“Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them.”― Stephen Richards

Don’t waste time on things you can’t change — focus on what you can control (your habits, routine and behaviours) and improve them instead.

Pick up a new hobby that makes you happy and find time for it — you could do that just before you start work or after work.

Read a book that will change your life — choose books you love or books you can consistently read every day. Even if you read a single page every day you will still make progress.

Celebrate your wins —even little celebrations for small wins make a huge difference in motivation for even the toughest tasks.

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.” Socrates

Set meaningful goals — it’s one of the best ways to instantly improve your life. Focus on goals that have deep-rooted significance in your life.

Load good habits into the front part of your day and execute them consistently. That’s how you create empowering mornings.

Get a happiness journal and jot down everything in life that makes you happy, no matter how simple it is, and make time for them. And make sure you do at least one of them every day for the next 100 days.

Embrace life-learning — find something you can learn today that will pay off in five or ten years. It can be a skill to improve your career.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ― Jim Rohn

Think deeply about the simple things in life — what makes you think, what makes you frustrated, anxious and stressed and why you feel certain emotions. Pay attention to your behaviour.

Be open to new possibilities — keep a growth mindset and maintain an open mind. Avoid rigidity of mind and embrace the fluidity to grow as a person.

Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you — your happiness largely depends upon the people around you.

Change isn’t impossible. Little changes every day add up to big results over time. Practice these habits to become a better version of yourself and in a few months, you will build the life you want.

By: Thomas Oppong

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