7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Life in One Week

In today’s competitive and fast-paced life, self-improvement and self-betterment is not an option but a necessity. No wonder most people want to improve their lives and make them less burdensome and more fulfilling. People who succeed in bringing out the best in themselves and excel in their area or field are the ones who carve out time for themselves, invest in personal development, and make conscious efforts to better their lives.

Here are seven changes you can make in a week, to better your life and feel a tangible difference in yourself.

1. Stop Complaining About Not Having Enough Time

Every person engaged in a worthwhile pursuit or who wants to accomplish meaningful goals feels hard-pressed for time. However, many people miss the core reason for constantly feeling they never have sufficient time to do various things they want to do. It’s not lack of time but poor management of your time, giving in to distractions, and losing track of what needs to be done that is the culprit. You run behind schedules, miss deadlines, and complete tasks hurriedly. This shoots up your stress levels and leads to anxiety and various other allied problems. To better your life, you must stop complaining about lack of time and fix real issues. Learn time management skills and train yourself to develop a laser-sharp focus.

Getting in the zone and concentrating on the task at hand will enable you to work faster and more efficiently without feeling rushed or pressured by looming deadlines. You’ll never be overwhelmed or feel the time is slipping away if you stop overthinking and worrying about fitting everything into the limited time you have at your disposal. You might not get it perfect every single day, and there will be times when unexpected situations and circumstances throw you off track but working according to your to-do list will definitely solve ninety percent of your time management problems. And that’s quite substantial.

2. Establish a Rhythm in Your Life

Life feels chaotic, and things go haywire when you work against your body and mind. More and more people desire a healthy work-life balance, but for most, it remains at the level of aspiration only. Work gets precedence over everything else, and personal needs are pushed to the back burner. This adversely impacts your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To better your life, create a structure, and follow routines, patterns, and good habits. This will streamline things and create a flow in your life.

To better your life, create a structure, and follow routines, patterns, and good habits. This will streamline things and create a flow in your life.

3. Persuade Yourself to Do Things You Don’t Want to Do

Everyone can readily do things they find interesting or easy to do. It’s the hard stuff, things that you are reluctant to do, that the majority struggle with. You can get good results and a positive outcome from your efforts only when you do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Convincing yourself to do the right thing will become easy when you understand the purpose of taking the requisite action and the reward you’ll get when you start taking steps in that direction.

Anything worthwhile takes time, effort, and dedication. All that is possible if you are motivated to take consistent action and do sincere work. Whenever you feel reluctant to do something that must be done, challenge your excuses, and question your reasons for procrastinating. When you start to take a stand and offer a convincing explanation in favor of the tasks, you’ll slowly see yourself getting into the right mindset. People who are highly successful and live happy lives are the ones who are good at convincing themselves to take proactive action. They are self-starters and find joy in what they do. And when you get involved in something at a deeper level and enjoy it, work doesn’t seem like a burden.

4. Practice Prioritization

When you have multiple daily tasks, deciding one over the other becomes challenging. In such a scenario, when everything seems important, you must exercise discretion and choose the critical tasks over the unimportant ones. Ranking tasks by their importance allows you to unburden your mind and work in a relaxed manner. Ruthlessly prioritizing things will avoid you from feeling drained and keep you focused on the few must-do tasks. You’ll also be able to maximize your time and productivity.

What’s more is that as you check tasks off your to-do list, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and be motivated to take up more work. This boosts your energy puts you in a place of ease, and saves you from overwork and overwhelm.

5. Live Life By Your Rules

Life is more enjoyable and fun when you live it your way, following your rules. Things are simple and easy to understand, and you know full well what you are doing and why you are doing it. Another advantage of setting rules for yourself is that you don’t feel stifled that someone is forcibly making you do things or live a certain way. When you live by your own rules, you set your own standards, measure your progress and success by your parameters, and aspire to reach your own expectations. In this autonomous way of living, there is no fear of judgment and no pressure to rise to other people’s expectations.

When you live your life for yourself, there’s no craving for external validation. You don’t worry about pleasing others and therefore don’t succumb to social pressure. Personal rules not only guide your life but also make you more self-assured, confident, and focused on your goals.

6. Challenge Yourself Every Day

Most people are comfortable with the life they live and the way they carry out their day-to-day work. Any deviation or uncertainty makes them uneasy. However, holding on to the familiar and confining yourself to the safe space stunts your growth and leads you to the path of mediocrity. If you want to grow as a person and better your life, push yourself out of your comfort zone. Each day challenge yourself to do something that you hesitate to do or are afraid of. Whether meeting and talking with strangers, public speaking, or doing something you consider difficult, slowly cajole yourself and put yourself in situations that unnerve you.

When you dare to face challenges, you’ll overcome doubts and fears and become more confident. Also, you’ll no longer be afraid to put yourself out there and express yourself freely. Bringing yourself to do what feels uncomfortable helps you become mentally strong and expands your comfort zone.

7. Saying No is Your Superpower

It’s not easy to say no. For most people, yes is the default mode. And that’s a perfect recipe for spreading yourself too thin and setting yourself up for failure. To protect your time, conserve energy and maintain mental balance, you must learn to say N-O. Saying No doesn’t connote rudeness or selfishness. It is a little act of kindness and a gesture of self-care. When you say No to things that don’t matter, infringe upon your precious time, and threaten to throw your life off balance, you are protecting yourself and your welfare first, which is the right thing to do. There’s nothing wrong with prioritizing yourself over others. Once you convince yourself of this truth, you won’t feel guilty saying No. Ever.

Creating space for yourself in today’s busy times is only possible when you firmly say no to anything that’s not on your schedule, or to-do list, or fits in your grand scheme. Being helpful, polite, and compassionate are positive traits, but they should not be practiced at the cost of your own good. Going out of the way to help others, and doing things to please others, even when you don’t feel like doing them, will only lead to the path of overwhelm, misery and frustration.

If you don’t want to do something, spell it out clearly and boldly. Don’t worry about how other people will take it, what they will think of you, or your impression of them will go bad. If they care for you, they’ll understand you. If they don’t, they’re not worth your time anyway.

Final Words

Your life may be unpredictable, hectic, and stressful on various fronts. But there’s a lot that’s under your control. You have the ability and the capability to improve the quality of your life, fulfill your potential, accomplish goals and make each day an enriching experience.

Identify the areas of your life you want to improve and begin taking baby steps in that direction. Making small changes in your daily routine and lifestyle, and shifting from an unstructured to a structured life, can make a significant difference in your life. You’ll be able to do satisfying work and get more out of your life.

Article Credit: https://medium.com/@drroopleen/7-things-you-can-do-to-improve-your-life-in-one-week-4e658933ed5e

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