We live a busy life, not busy as in stressful, but busy as in we need to be organized in what we are doing to efficiently get things done.
We have an 8 year old, a 4 year old, and a baby. My wife is the head volleyball coach at the 3rd largest high school in the state of Tennessee. As you know, I run my own business, and it allows me a little more free time to go and do. As long as my work gets done, I am fine.
Even if you don’t have kids, you are probably busy. Jeff Bezos made a comment in an interview one time that the one thing that will not change in society is how busy people are. There are not many people out there that sit around and go, “You know, I really have tons of free time, all the time.”
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 for getting things done.
So, I have listed 5 things to do everyday that will make your life easier. Some of these can take 30 Seconds and some may take 20 minutes, but when these are in your daily routine you will be more productive.
1. Exercise (20 min)
I always feel tons better when I workout 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.
2. Make your Bed (30 seconds)
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 2 days of the week and do not make your bed. Then the rest of the week, make sure it gets done. The effect it will have in the evening when you get home is a feeling of peace and relaxation. Trust me on this one.
3. 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 the journal 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 1st 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.
4. Read (2-15 min)
Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur that is famous for reading a book-a-day. He has invested in numerous million dollar companies and coaches people in business and 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.
He continually refers to Warren and his reading habits. When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 600, 750, or 1,000 pages a day.
Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.
If you want to get ahead and continue to progress in your area of business and in life, you must invest in the most important asset you have…YOUSELF. Spend time daily investing in yourseld 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 there were tons of sites and articles from Christian organizations that talk about 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 came up with.
- Prayer improves Self Control
- Prayer makes you nicer.
- Prayer makes your more forgiving
- Prayer increases
- Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress.
If you will take some time (I suggest at least 3 weeks) and consciously do all 5 of these tasks on a daily basis, your day will be filled with a more positive outlook and less stress. Create a plan to make get these simple tasks into your life
- Write them down.
- Put them on your calendar
- Make them happen.
- Goldfarb, A. H., & Jamurtas, A. Z. (1997). B-Endorphin response to exercise.Sports Medicine, 24(1), 8-16.
Try these out, and let us know how you feel in the comments below!
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