If you want to improve the structure of your days, there are things that you can do that will help you get into the zone faster. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to embrace the day and all that it has in store for you. Learning a few essential ‘hacks’ benefits you by saving you time and setting you up for more success. In return, you’ll be able to give your days more structure, feel more accomplished, and find more time to do the things you really enjoy doing.
Here are ten lifestyle hacks that will make your life even better today:
1. Create a capsule wardrobe for yourself.
Taking a minimalist approach to outfitting yourself can save you time and money. Deliberately choosing high-mileage wardrobe pieces ensures that you get more bang for your buck. You’re able to mix and match staples to create new looks without spending a fortune on clothing that you never get around to wearing.
2. Plan and prep meals in advance.
Spend Sunday afternoon or evening planning out your meals for the week and then prepping them. That way, you’ll have something delicious and nutritious to eat at work. You’ll also save yourself time at night by popping a casserole into the oven to heat it up or brightening up a salad with a homemade vinaigrette.
3. Set up alerts on your phone to serve as reminders.
It’s hard to stay on top of all the things you need to do each day. That’s where your smartphone comes in. Using the alarm feature to set up alerts reminding you of the different things that you have scheduled or want to remember right away is very helpful.
4. Make walking your primary form of exercise.
It’s easy to sneak physical fitness into your day as long as you’re conscientiously walking as much as possible. Walk the distance from the parking lot to the front door. Hand deliver memos and instructions to work colleagues by taking a jaunt to their offices rather than sitting and sending an email.
5. Use a habit tracking app to monitor your progress.
You can do this digitally or by hand depending on which method you prefer. If you use a bullet journal for planning, you probably already have a habit tracker included in its pages. Record the progress you make daily so you have a better idea of how well you’re doing at meeting your goals.
6. Identify your three most important tasks and get them done first.
Choose your Most Important Tasks or MITs for the day. Make them a priority. Then celebrate your success when you cross them off your to-do list.
7. Do anything that takes two minutes or less right away.
Knock these minor tasks off your list right away. It takes less time to do them than it does to write them down. Make it a point to do them in the first ten minutes of your work day so you can focus on your MITs.
8. Practice ‘chunking’ while completing tasks.
Take larger pieces of information and chunk them into groups for better memorization. For example, arranging a string of numbers in a format that you’ll remember such as those that are similar to phone numbers, zip codes or social security numbers helps you keep the order of the numbers in mind. You’re able to remember and recite the string of numbers easier that way.
9. Recruit your family and friends to help out.
There are two advantages to this. You get to spend time with the people you care about most. You also get to divvy up your workload and make it less strenuous for yourself.
10. Choose small action steps to take to complete your larger goals.
Break down your biggest goals into manageable tasks. Decide which to focus on first and come up with an action plan that allows you to work daily at making your dreams a reality. One small step gets you closer to achieving everything you set out to do.
Make your life even better than it already is by adding these lifestyle hacks to your daily schedule. You’ll find that things flow smoother when you’re ultra-prepared. Take advantage of all the opportunities that the day delivers by challenging and improving your current routine. You’re able to do so much more in less time, too!