Feeling stuck? It’s okay. To get unstuck you have to get stuck first. This is the only way for you to think about changing your life.
Life has so many areas the basic ones are (Mind, Body, financial)
I will only cover the mind area, because this is the most important area that will change your life.
1- Plan your Day A head
Planning out your day can instantly save you a headache and overwhelming. Not just to-do list, try to be creative and plan out how you would like your day to be and stick to it. Your mind doesn’t have to wonder about what to do next because you already “planned it” doing so can leave your mind in clarity and will get you creative.
You can get a customized planner here
2-List 100 Ideas in 20 Minutes
List down everything that comes to your mind in 20 minutes if it doesn’t make any sense just keep writing when the time ticks off leave the paper for today and come back to it the next day. You will find so many ideas there that you can choose from and try them out.
You never know which idea can change your life.
Nora Dunn explains this method better.
3-Read 3 Pages
Read every single day, and 3 pages are enough to start. I always mention reading because it’s really a cure for your mind, reading helps to sharpen your brain, improve your mood, change the way you think, and can change your perspective, so why not reading?
Did you know that playing chess can improve your solving problem skills and helps you being calm? And there are many more benefits of playing chess. You can also play crosswords or, puzzles they have the same benefits.
Improving your mind skills by games that will challenge your mind will ultimately help you to change your life.
So many things come to mind when you think of the word be mindful but it’s all about being present in everything you do, really focus on that moment. When you give 50% of your focus on something you will not get far. So instead give everything you do your full focus and just get it done, then you can move on to other things.
Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Also Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life.
Be creative, meditation is more than just sitting and doing nothing.
You can watch 10 minutes guided meditation here
7-Shut your Chatter Box
Your chatterbox is your inner voice and it has all the bad things to say about you. Check your conversations with yourself mostly they are negative.
So here is a small exercise you can do first, give your chatter box a name (mine is Susan) and then you want to give it a character it could be mean “person” or whatever you feel that fit the character of your chatterbox.
Secondly, you want to notice your thoughts and your conversation with yourself when you catch a negative conversation pause, then remember that character you give to your “chatterbox”
Lastly say thank you to whatever negative conversation you had with your “chatterbox” and just let it go.
Putting your chatterbox into a character form will make you more aware of what you say to yourself and will distance yourself from unnecessary negative talk and emotions.
You can read more about chatter box in this book here
Living list is a bucket list, but calling it a living list makes it more fitted with your life situation, as for bucket list you feel it’s unreachable and maybe one day you can do it.
So instead, call it a living list and pick one thing from that list that you can do today.
It can be riding a motorcycle, search around or ask friends and neighbors if they know someone who can rent it for you.
Don’t wait for your list to accomplish by itself make it happen.
9-Declutter your Social Media
Start deleting apps, unsubscribe for subscriptions, unfollow people you no longer find value following them.
Digital declutter is important for your mental health and it can have impact on your self-image and your life, so get rid of all the unnecessary things that you don’t need.
10- Eliminate things that no longer serving you
Every once in a while you should do a self check for things around you if they fill their purpose or they are no longer serving you.
Identify what to eliminate will bring you peace and will ultimately change your life.
It could be a friend who is always negative and makes you uncomfortable or maybe you are a part of a team, but you feel it doesn’t serve you in any way. Those are the kind of things you want to eliminate.
11-Reflect on Yourself
When you are trying to change your life you need to reflect on yourself first. Everyone can benefit from some alone time from the chaos and just reflect on yourself.
You can have launch alone or have a walk alone.
You’ll reap the most benefits from your experiences by reflecting on them.
So try to experience a lot of things on your own.
We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience -John Dewey
Power of elimination is endless. By focusing only on a few of your most important priorities and eliminating everything else you will be on the right track to achieve your goals and will help you change your life.
Warren Buffett created the 25/5 rule that helps you to set your priorities
- Make a list of 25 goals you want to accomplish in x amount of time.
- Review your list and pick your top 5 priorities.
- Focus on the top 5 and avoid the others for now.
Own less, live more, and create space for the things you love. Doing so can help can you create valuable space physically and mentally
Find happiness in life takes action, and organizations is one of many ways to get started.
14-Review your Day Each Night
It’s a great way to reflect back on the things you did during the day and see which one needs to be changed or can be improved.
Each night before you go to sleep think about each moment of your day and how you can make it better the next day.
15-Do it Now
Don’t wait for things to get better or for something to happen, you only have today. This is something only you will know. But here is a clue: it is what you keep putting off till tomorrow, or next week, or next year….