No matter how good your life is, or how much you’ve already grown as a person, there’s always room for further improvement. While introducing new routines and habits into your life isn’t always easy – depending on what it is, it can take a bit of work and getting used to – it’s always rewarding, and the effort you put in is commendable on its own. That said, there are a few steps you can follow in order to make positive changes more easily in order to have the fulfilling life you’ve always wanted.
1. Get The Right Tools
Much like with anything else, in order to get a job done right, you need the proper tools for it. Arthur Worsley, the founder of theartofliving.com, has noted that having a well-rounded, interdisciplinary approach – taking cues from Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology – will enable you to get rid of distractions and focus on what you want to achieve. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to go back to school and major in three different things. There are a lot of online resources – books, journaling templates, as well as articles that you can use to help you make the changes you want to see more easily. Whether you want to stop smoking, start exercising, read more, or learn a new language, understanding what motivates you and how you can keep up the routine is a big step towards achieving your goals.
2. Set Goals And Milestones
Just as much as having the proper toolkit is important, so are goals and milestones. When setting goals for yourself, the key thing is to put them in a realistic timeframe, and then set milestones that will reassure you that you’re on the right track. For example, you might want to buy your own home. However, if you’ve only recently started working, it might be a bit too unrealistic to say you want to achieve that within a year while leaving it as a general goal for an unspecified time in the future can make it hard for you to save up for it. Instead, put it in a realistic timeframe – whether that’s 5 or 10 years from now, and then set milestones that you want to achieve in shorter increments of time – say every six months. The milestones should be things that will eventually lead to you achieving your goal. Creating a budgeting plan, having a certain amount in your savings by the end of year one, or creating a career plan in order to get a promotion and afford the monthly payments for your new home by year two are all scenarios that would make it easier for you to achieve your goal in time.
3. Daily Plans
People usually look at the bigger picture when wanting to make changes, and they sometimes forget that the way to get there is by committing to it each and every day. In order to stay focused and really make the change stick and become a new habit for you, you might want to create a daily plan for yourself. You can do it as a part of your morning routine – write down what you want to do today, the tasks you need to finish, and potentially even when you should do each of the activities mentioned while having your morning coffee. Not only can doing this help you get better at managing your time and estimating what a realistic workload looks like for you, but it can also keep you on track with what you need to do, and it can even make you more productive. Taking things one step at a time and planning them out the way you want to see them done is a great way of achieving your goals, and it can make a world of difference in your quality of life.
4. Practice Mindfulness
According to recent studies, being mindful can help you reduce stress and worry through the development of self-awareness, focus on the present moment rather than the past or the future, and find peace within yourself. These practices go hand in hand with setting goals and creating a plan for yourself – they’ll make it easier for you to work out what goals are really important for you, and will help you stick to your plan. And unlike simply setting goals without doing anything about it or just briefly thinking about them while getting distracted by other thoughts, mindfulness will help you become more aware of your thoughts and control the urge to give in to distractions. Since it takes time for something to become a habit, the more you practice mindfulness and are actively aware of your actions, the more your new goals and habits will stick.
Making positive changes in your life is always commendable and will make you a better, more fulfilled version of yourself. However, to really make those changes last, you need to learn how to set goals and milestones for yourself, think about creating a daily plan that will keep you on track with what needs to be done and when, and practice mindfulness. With these points in mind, it’ll be a lot easier for you to make those changes a part of your lifestyle and achieve the lifestyle that you’ve been longing for.