Many of us live busy lives—not busy as in stressful, but busy as in we need to be organized in what we are doing to get things done. We’re a busy family: my wife is the head volleyball coach at the 3rd largest high school in the state of Tennessee; I own my own business; and to top it all off, we have two children—a 3-year old and a 6-year old—to take care of.
Even if you don’t have kids, almost everyone is busy. Jeff Bezos made a comment in an interview once saying that the one thing that will not change in society is people being busy.
In my experience with coaching college football, working at a church and now owning my own business, I have realized that routine and consistency keep me organized in my day. Whether I am working 90 hours a week like I did when I was coaching or 40 when I was working at the church, routine is paramount in getting things done.
So I have listed five things to do every day that will make your life easier. Some of these can take 30 seconds, some may take 20 minutes—but when these are in your daily routine, you will be more productive
- Exercise (20 min)
I always feel much better when I work out in the morning. A bout of exercise increases your focus on the next activity, because your body is aroused. What follows a morning workout? For most people, it’s the office or school. Hence, one of the advantages of working out in the morning is that you’re more alert during those later hours.
You’re probably familiar with the notion that some workouts release endorphins, feel-good hormones that are increased following exercise of sufficient intensity and duration. This will also help your attitude, as you get ready to take on the day.
- Make Your Bed (30 sec)
This seems silly, but it literally takes 30 seconds (depending on how many decorative pillows your wife has!) I want you to try it both ways for a week. Take the first two days of the week without making your bed. Then, make sure it gets done for the rest of the week. The effect it will have in the evening when you get home is a feeling of peace and relaxation. Trust me on this one.
- Be Thankful (No time at all)
The formal study of gratitude’s benefits is relatively young, but researchers have found that gratitude can enhance well-being and improve romantic relationships, among other benefits. A 2011 study published in Heart International found that acute cardiac patients who had positive psychological interventions actually had better outcomes than those who didn’t.
Choose to be grateful. If you are reading this, you have first-world problems. Those are not problems. Not having clean drinking water is a problem. Your kids not having food to eat is a problem. Your favorite pair of jeans that have a hole in them is not a problem.
Be thankful for what you have!
- Read (2-15 min)
Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur who is famous for reading a book-a-day. He has invested in numerous million-dollar companies and coaches people in business, finance and others areas of health, wealth, love and happiness. He attributes much of his success to the massive amounts of reading he does on a daily basis.
Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.
If you want to get ahead and continue to progress in business and in life, you must invest in the most important asset you have: yourself. Spend time each day investing in yourself and increasing the value you can give to people. Read about things that will make you better at the life you are living.
#5 Pray (1-5 min)
As I was doing some research, I found many sites and articles from Christian organizations discussing why prayer is important. Since some of my readers are not Christians, I wanted to find something that did not have Christian bias to it. This is what they cam up with.
- Prayer improves your self-control.
- Prayer makes you nicer.
- Prayer makes you more forgiving.
- Prayer increases trust.
- Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress.
If you will take some time (I suggest at least three weeks) to consciously do all five of these tasks on a daily basis, your days will be filled with a more positive outlook and less stress. Create a plan to make get these simple tasks into your life:
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What are 3 things you do every day that make a difference in your day?
 Goldfarb, A. H., & Jamurtas, A. Z. (1997). B-Endorphin response to exercise.Sports Medicine, 24(1), 8-16.