Little-Known Tips to Get Your Life in Order – You ever notice that it’s the little things in life like waking up with the sunrise, sharing a laugh with a friend, or finding that unexpected Atomic Fire Ball hard candy in your desk that fill your life with joy and happiness? Yeah me too. These small things can also help put you back on track if something goes wrong. If you want to take charge of your life, I have just the right tips for you, so let’s roll!
1. Keep your keys in one place
Have you ever been late to work just because you spent 5 minutes running around your apartment, trying to find your keys? I know I have. Luckily, cases like this are easy to prevent, just get a key rack and hang it up inside the front door. The most important part here – remember to use it right away when you get home.
2. Get ready for morning the night before
It may sound a bit counter intuitive, but the best thing you can do to upgrade your morning routine is… do some things in the evening. For instance, you can always pack your bag or pick out an outfit for the next day beforehand.
3. Visit a doctor
How often do you hold off going to the doctor just because you hope the problem will go away on its own?If it does, it’s still better to be sure, so set an appointment and discuss your concerns with a doc. And even if you’re feeling ok now, don’t forget to have a check-up at least once a year.
4. Make your bed
It may not be your favorite thing to do in the morning, especially when you’re living alone. In fact, straightening up your bed when you’ve just woken up helps you feel accomplished and boosts your productivity for the day. And it’s the easiest good habit in the world since it takes just a few minutes.
5. Put everything back
Sometimes it’s difficult to find something you really need just because you don’t remember where you left it. Sounds familiar? Yeah. Make sure every single item or tool has its own home in your house and put them where they belong right after using them.
6. Jot down your plans
Imagine how different things would be if everyone followed this rule. No missed deadlines, no forgotten meetings, no dates canceled just because your boyfriend got the wrong time. Seems like a perfect world, huh? To make it real, write down every important arrangement in your phone calendar, or stick to a good old day planner.
7. Always have a plan
B Planning can be very productive and can help you save time. But if you’ve thought about only one option – even in great detail, and something suddenly goes wrong, well check the stove – your goose is cooked. Apart from being disappointed and insecure, you’ll have no time to come up with another idea. It’s always better to find a fallback in advance, even if it only means bringing an extra pen to a long lecture.
8. Cook at home
Preparing food by yourself may seem like extra work, but it saves you money and allows you to control every meal so it can be healthier too! There’s also no harm in making breakfast or lunch in advance. Need a reason to finally try out overnight oats?Now you got it!
9. Clear out your inbox
Answering tons of work emails every day can be exhausting as it is, and spam doesn’t help here. To check your correspondence faster, find a couple of hours to unsubscribe from all the junk mail that piles up in your inbox. Especially the letters you haven’t read in months, let alone years. You can also delete some old messages, if you’ve opened them, of course.
10. Get rid of one thing before buying another
No one is immune to impulse buying, especially during sales. To make your shopping less spontaneous and more reasonable, try giving away one thing you already have before buying something similar. You can also give yourself time to think about it, and if a month later you still want to purchase this product, feel free to do it.
11. Get a notebook for ideas
You know how the most incredible thoughts come to mind when you’re doing something else entirely? That’s why it’s crucial to carry a notebook with you at all times. You don’t know when you’ll need to add a new task to your to-do list or write down a brilliant idea for a movie that you suddenly came up with. It also helps to have all your notes in one place, rather than scribble them on the post-its you can easily loose.
12. Leave earlier than you’re used to
If you regularly find yourself running late,try this trick. Go out of the house about 10 minutes earlier than you usually plan to. Even if anything unexpected happens on your way, you’ll have a little extra time left to arrive right on schedule. And if all goes as planned, you’ll even be a little early!
13. Make your least favorite task a habit
We all have little things that sometimes are especially hard to do, like mopping floors or sifting through the unread messages from a pushy coworker. To beat procrastination and finally get it done, turn it into. . . a ritual. Listen to a podcast you like while cleaning up. Even better if you do it at the same time regularly. For instance, answer your colleagues while sipping on a cup of your morning joe.
14. Make way for something new
Sometimes you need to make some changes to get control of your life. You don’t actually enjoy swimming, but you keep doing it because of a gym membership? Quit and try another sport. The same goes for old clothes you never wear or even old friends who went their separate ways. You can use free space and time for new things and emotions.
15. Keep your passwords safe
I’m sure you already know that it’s much less dangerous to have different passwords for different websites. But in case you ever forget or mix them up, it’s useful to have a file listing every single one of them. Or you can use a special app on your phone for it.
16. Get a good night’s sleep
7-8 hours of peaceful slumber every night is a must if you want to be a top dog. It helps your body regain its strengths and your brain to process all the experiences you had during the day. To feel even more energized in the morning, try hitting the sack and getting up at the same time day after day.
17. Fix up broken things
It’s not easy to accomplish something when you’re surrounded by blown light bulbs and paint peeling off the walls. Details like these matter no less than the actual work you’re doing. Patch up all broken furniture and replace faulty gadgets with new ones to have at least one less thing to worry about!
18. Get a daily to-do list
Running errands can be tough if you try to keep all of your daily missions in mind. Make a habit of starting your morning with a clear list of tasks and chores that need to be done by the end of the day. And don’t forget to cross them off once you’ve finished because, spoiler alert,that’s the best part!
19. Have some time for yourself
Burning the candle at both ends may not be the best thing you can do for your career and life in the whole. To stay on top of your game, it’s equally important to let yourself rest every once in a while. And when vacation isn’t an option, find something you really enjoy – apart from working, ofcourse – and devote some time to your hobby every day.
20. Clean up a bit before bed
Leaving the cleaning for the weekend may seem like a good idea at first, but don’t fall for it. It’s actually easier to tidy up a little every night so you don’t clutter up your house too much. Just mop up the surfaces or do the laundry and voila! You’ll be able to meet with friends or go see a movie on your day off, instead of scrubbing down your apartment.
21. Go grocery shopping once a week
There’s no reason to waste too much time running to the store every day. Just think through how much food you eat in a week, what ingredients you need, and how much money you’d like to spend on your meals. Then pick one day that works best for you and keep at it.
22. Take a photo of your friend with the thing you lent them
Let’s be honest, things get hectic and you can’t always remember who borrowed your book or your new board game. If you don’t want to say goodbye to your stuff just yet, take a picture of the person who took something of yours while holding it. One less thing to bicker about with your buddies.
23. Keep track of expiration dates
Expired medication, food, and cosmetics don’t just take up space on your shelves and in your fridge. They’re also harmful to your health. It’s better to check the period each product should be used by the second you buy it. Otherwise, you risk accidentally drinking spoiled milk or using an expired cream.
So what about you? Do you have a special trick that keeps you going? Share it down in the comments.