There’s no secret formula for living a good life. And even if there was any, it won’t work for everybody.
Cause different people have different expectations from life.
But there are some lifestyle changes that can help you live a better lifestyle. In this post, I’ll cover 11 effective ways you can start living a better life.
How to Live a Better Life?
1. Start your day with a positive vibe
The way you start your day hugely determine how your whole day will be.
The reason behind this is – normally when you do something good early in the day, you feel satisfied and you feel motivated to do excellent works throughout the day.
But if you have a bad start at the beginning of any day, your focus can get diverted. And it can take some time before you can concentrate fully on your work.
That’s why you should start your day with an activity that will push you to be your best self during the day.
You probably know that developing a morning routine can help you to start your day in a better way.
This approach works well.
Here’s how to level it up.
- In the morning ask yourself what are the three things, that you want to accomplish today and
- How do you want to feel throughout the day?
Write it down.
At night you can check it and evaluate.
It doesn’t need to be, long.
Simple on point..within 15 to 25 words.
Dedicating 15 to 20 minutes of your morning time for meditation, stretching, exercise can help you start your day in a better way.
Also, activities like this make you active & healthy. If done regularly – you will stay energetic throughout the day.
Here is a post that talks more about the benefits of morning exercise.
Quick note: if you exercise in the evening then you don’t need to spend 15 to 20 minutes exercising in the morning. Just spend 5 minutes… do some stretching to open up your joints (some like to meditate a little bit longer, and that’s completely fine.)
“Drinking green tea in the morning will help you to boost your metabolism rate (if you like to burn some more calories then this can help.)”
2. Take control of your life
If you want to live a better life – you have to take control of your own life.
“Well, no one is controlling me…so how do I take control of my life?”
Taking control means:
- You make yourself responsible for your actions, decisions and where you are in your life…
By doing so, you will be more self-conscious and it will become easy for you to find purpose in your life. Also, when you develop this mindset you can decide two things very clearly;
- How you want to feel in your life and
- What you want to achieve in your life.
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3. You deserve a happy and healthier life
You deserve the freedom, strength and comfort of a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Often we forget or ignore many important aspects of our life because of work and other miscellaneous activities.
Work is a part of life. But it’s not the only thing – we are supposed to do in our life.
We must give ourself opportunities to relax. What are you doing in your free time?
Are you relaxing? are you recharging your creative self?
You need to rethink how you are spending your free time.
Prefer happiness and your health over anything else.
Because this will help you in the long run (to avoid burnouts and from other life problems.)
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4. Take smart decisions by making fewer decisions
We can’t take many decisions in a day.
Yeah, anyone can argue about it… that they always make smart decisions.
But the real fact is:
When you take a lot of decisions together…there remains a high chance that some of them are not smart decisions.
You will make better decisions when you limit the number of decisions you make in a day.
By focusing on important things in your life you can make good choices and focus on things that matter most.
5. Detoxify your life by avoiding toxic people
Nowadays a lot of people are talking about body detoxing. It works. No doubt there.
But its also important to detoxify your life from toxic people.
There can be occasions when you do need to be around them; maybe you work in the same company or they are your neighbour. But you need to remember (them) and spent less time with them. So that their negative thought process can’t influence your decisions.
When you do that – instantly you clear a ton of negative energy from around you.
To live a better life, you need to stay away from toxic people.
They can look like your friends or buddies… but whenever you present a new idea in front of them they don’t behave like a ‘good friend.’
When the worlds need more of those people – who encourage us to find purpose in our lives and reach our goals. They will tell you the reasons why you can’t do it.
Also, they are good at convincing people – why your plans won’t work because they have seen their cousin/someone else do similar things like that and it failed.
Even if they have 0 – 5% of knowledge about that topic, – they will suggest you to not do it because they think so. And listening to those B.S. you might start doubting on yourself.
DON’T LET THEM FILL YOUR HEAD WITH DOUBTS.
Before you ask someone or value someone’s recommendation you need to find –
- Are they experts in that field?
- How much they know about that stuff?
- Have they tried that thing before?
And if they did how much hard work they have put in that… and did they made and executed on some smart strategies to make their project successful?
If you get three ‘Yes’ then sure think about what they are saying.
But don’t listen to their demotivational thoughts if they don’t have good knowledge about it.
6. Mix minimal and modern living
Some people say – minimal lifestyle is best. But many can find it a little bit unpractical.
Minimalism approach is good. But there is a misconception that you need to avoid every luxury(or things which you use less but like it.)
If you like one or two luxury items and getting those makes you happy then don’t feel the necessity to avoid them for the sake of minimalism.
Example: Let’s say you like cars and watches. And spent a good amount of your money on them. If it makes you happy and gives you the motivation to achieve more success then don’t cut those from your life. If you think a BMW car will make you feel good then get one.
Just don’t try to get too much onboard with (expensive) things that you like.
Some people from the start, try to go extreme minimalism and most of them fail just after a few months.
You don’t need to go extreme minimalism for 6 to 7 months by selling all your luxury items… And then after a year or so you feel you need some of them to make your life a little bit easier.
In that way, we can avoid buying useless things.
Save that money, invest or use that for travelling.
Also spending less means you don’t need to worry about earning more or working overtime. You can use that time for self-care or spend that time with your family.
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7. Plan and manage your time
Everyone got 24 hours. However, some people get their things done on time and some don’t.
Generally, procrastination is the main culprit.
When we don’t allocate our time properly, we don’t see how much time we are spending on one thing.
We tend to give one task more time than it needs and then try to fix that by adjusting and cutting time from other things. Often this makes us stressed out and we also deposit many unfinished works on the table.
If you want to simplify and live a better life – you need to plan & manage your 24 hours properly.
When you are planning your day…try to do most important tasks at the beginning of your day.
Then start completing other tasks one by one according to your priority list.
When it comes to finishing a task in time – the best way is to break the whole task into small chunks and work on each for a specific time frame.
Example: let’s say you are a painter.
There are three steps to complete one picture.
1. Thinking or outlining what you are going to paint,
2. Doing the rough sketch and then finalising the sketch and then
3. shading or colouring.
For painting a beautiful picture all the three steps are crucial. If you get 5 hours to paint the picture then you need to give every step enough time.
But you should spend more time on the main part.
When you are working on bigger projects in life you can simplify the process by allocating specific time for certain things.
8. Learn to manage your money and spend it wisely
Most humans have a bad habit of increasing their spending when they earn more.
This makes them buy stuff that they don’t need. And then to pay the bills they have to work more.
It’s normal that when you start earning a good amount of money you want to live a better lifestyle and improve your standard of living.
But that doesn’t mean you have to make your wallet cry.
When you buy an item, see what others are offering and choose the best deal (that’s good for your wallet and you.)
Example: You can buy a good quality tee shirt with $25-$40 and you can get another teeshirt for $480.
If you are paying that extra buck for the quality of the fabric then go ahead…but don’t if you are paying that extra amount because it’s a (luxury brand.)
When you improve your spending habits and invest that money properly then you don’t need to overwork. You get an hour or two extra sleep every day and enjoy your life better.
9. Choose which magazine you are reading
There was a time when buying magazines made sense. Cause there was no internet and those are the sources for interesting contents.
But today you have a bunch of options to digest the content you like.
Nothing personal. Some mags are still good. They provide some amazing insights and value, buy them.
Just stop buying those who make you pay money to read ads.
To write this section of the article I did a little check on some popular mags.
I found out that on an average first 11 -15 pages of the mag is – only ads (designed like content) then you get – index, editorial and stories in details. And there are more ads in between those.
It would be fine to see some ads if the content is free for all. But when you are paying for it… ads don’t make sense.
Why you should care?
People buy a lot of things seeing those ads ( which they don’t need actually but for some time it seems cool to have.)
In simple words – it rises demand for things that you don’t need in your life.
Stop wasting your hard-earned money.
Spent it elsewhere.
In travelling or in self-wellness.
10. Make self-wellness a priority
When you are ill/not good; you don’t feel the energy to push forward and solve problems.
Even if you are working fine in life but partially unhealthy, you can’t use your full potential to make something great.
You have to improve your self-wellness habits if you want a healthy life, work-life balance, fewer health problems and anything which requires your decision and physical work.
11. Slow down
Not everyone takes equal time – wait for the change.
You are progressing and getting fit as you started working out recently.
But you still feel like you are not getting enough improvement.
Perception. Its how you think a thing should be in your life. Often we do little from our side and look for an unrealistic result.
And when it doesn’t happen, we become upset.
This needs to change.
If you really want to start living a better life then you must give yourself enough time.
… It’s a Story of Two Painters …
One painter can paint 10 beautiful images per day.
And the other one takes one week to 15 days to paint a picture. A masterpiece.
The second painter can stress out by thinking about the other painter who paints 10 images in a day.
But the thing is fist painter can’t paint a masterpiece.
The point of the story:
You have to focus on playing your game. Not others.
Because when you play someone else’s game they can defeat you easily.
But when you play your game…you become unstoppable at it.
So, focus on ‘your’ game and keep winning in what you do.
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