Small Things You Can Do Each Day To Enhance Your Life

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7 Simple Steps to Unlock Daily Growth and Achieve Your Goals!

Self-development is a process that calls for regular work and dedication, not a one-day effort or a single step. You have the chance to do modest things every day that will improve your life and well-being. These behaviours, which include making time for self-reflection and interacting with others, can result in significant long-term improvement.

Let's go through each one in little detail.

1. Set aside time for self-reflection

We live in a world where our days, weeks, months & years are almost written by society. We just follow the to-do list like jumping out of bed, having a quick breakfast, school drop, meetings, brunch, rush hour traffic, watching TV, doing daily chores, and the list goes on. By the time your list for the day is completed, it's the end of your day, and you are staring at the ceiling and thinking of the same grind tomorrow. The days are long, but the years go fast. I am in my mid 40’s, and I remember my school and college days, but I hardly remember my last 20 years. It's time that you slow down. It's important to examine one's ideas, emotions, and experiences in the act of self-reflection. It aids people in better knowing who they are and what they want.

Each day, set aside some time for self-reflection so that you can assess your accomplishments and discover your growth opportunities. You'll be able to make wiser choices, establish goals that mean more to you, and live a more fulfilling life as a result. If nothing is changing in your life, that's because you are not doing anything different.

Choose a peaceful, distraction-free area where you may begin your self-reflection. I will happily sit back on a summer afternoon (alone) with a pint of beer and reflect on my life. Just take a pause and see where you started from and where you have reached.

Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and concentrate on your feelings. Whatever comes to mind, whether it's a want, a problem, or a sentiment, if possible, write it down. You can better understand yourself and increase your self-awareness by engaging in this daily self-reflection activity.

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2. Learn something new

Self-development includes learning as a crucial element. It aids in intellectual development and the acquisition of new abilities. You can increase your knowledge, extend your perspective, and increase your ability to adapt by learning something new every day. By doing this, you can accomplish your objectives and stay ahead of the curve. This could be:

1. Learning a new language

2. Taking up a new hobby

3. Reading a book

4. Taking an online course

5. Starting a cooking class

6. Learn computer skills

7. Learn about a new culture

8. Learn a new sport

9. Practice a new instrument

10. Take an art class

Spend a few minutes each day reading or watching a video on a subject that interests you to start learning something new. There are plenty of instances where we needlessly pick up our phones and scroll through endless social media content. This content is not requested by us but pushed to us to keep us engaged so we can see more ads. If you simply turn off the notification pings from your phone, you won't be tempted to check, and that will give you a lot of your time back. Use that time to learn something that adds value to you. If you are on a train or a bus to & from work, try switching your music playlist to a podcast or an audiobook, and you will feel so much better.

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3. Practice gratitude

Being grateful and appreciative is the practice of having gratitude. You may cultivate a happy mindset and enhance your well-being by practising thankfulness every day. You can develop a sense of happiness and contentment by concentrating on the positive aspects of life. Just try to recall when & how many times you thank people who love you the most. I am guilty of not being thankful to my parents, wife, kids, and friends. My parents and childhood friends live in different time zones, and calling them requires me to pick up my phone during my out-of-social hours. Pretty bad excuse from me. I take the most important people in my life for granted, too. But I am working on it.

Spend a few minutes every day thinking about your blessings to cultivate thankfulness. It might be as straightforward as a warm cup of coffee or a cordial discussion with a coworker. You can also start a thankfulness journal and list three things every day for which you are grateful. You may increase your optimism and enhance your general well-being by putting your attention on the good. As a small habit, many years back, I asked all my friends and family members to share their birthdays and anniversaries. I then saved them in my calendar as yearly recurring events. I may forget everything, but I always call each one of them on their very important day.

4. Exercise

A vital part of maintaining physical health and well-being is exercise. It can relieve stress, improve mental clarity, and maintain fitness. You may enhance your physical and emotional health and create a more positive self-image by exercising every day.

The most difficult part of the workout is going to the gym. Once I am there, I will do my routine. I like to commit to others, like friends & family. That way, I am obligated to keep my commitment & not procrastinate, or else I will get mocked or ridiculed. It's not the best way, but whatever works to get me to the gym. Like they say in social media, YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Set aside a little time each day for physical activity to get you started exercising like stretching, going for a walk, or a few yoga positions. You may enhance your fitness, lessen stress, and improve your general well-being by exercising.

5. Meditate

Focusing one's attention on a specific idea or object is the practice of meditation. It can assist people in lowering their stress levels, sharpening their focus and attention, and finding peace and tranquillity. You can create a more centred and aware outlook on life by practising meditation every day.

Choose a peaceful area where you won't be disturbed to begin your meditation. Close your eyes, relax, and concentrate on your breathing. If your thoughts stray, gently refocus them on your breathing. You can begin by meditating for a little while each day and then gradually lengthen your sessions as time goes on. You can improve your clarity, tranquillity, and self-awareness by meditating regularly. Although there are tons of apps on meditation, I would not recommend them as the phone is one of the sources of distraction.

Additionally, we should not automate everything, especially if they are meant to be simple. Besides, you will be paying for them. I use a gadget to help me avoid distractions by using my noise-cancelling earplugs. No music, no audio, just complete silence. I know I talk a lot about disconnecting from technology, but sometimes, you make an exception when there is nothing better. Just keep it to a minimum.

6. Keep a journal

Writing down one's thoughts, feelings, and experiences is known as journaling. It can assist people in processing their feelings, gaining self-awareness, reflecting on themselves, and clarifying their goals. You can increase your self-awareness and enhance your emotional well-being by journaling daily.

Choose a calm area so you may begin journaling and writing without interruptions. Use any notebook or buy a journaling notebook from Amazon, which is nicely formatted.

Set aside a little time to record your ideas, emotions, and experiences every day. You are free to write about whatever comes to mind, whether it be a problem you're having, a target you want to hit, or a good day you had. The journal does not have to be in a format, though, and can be bullets, random sentences about your feelings, to-dos, etc. I started with to-dones, i.e., things that I have completed. This blog started as my journal, where I wanted to write whatever came to my mind. A lot is influenced by my reading, which is about self-help & productivity, but now I have a blog where people like you come and read.

Anything to get you started. Take one step at a time.

7. Connect with others

Being socially connected is crucial for one's personal growth and overall well-being. People can enhance their social skills, create a support system and professional network, and feel like part of their society by cultivating meaningful interactions. The recent change in the world caused by COVID-19 has isolated us to our homes, but now that things are changing, we are still limiting ourselves to virtual connections. I see there is too much convenience, cheaper than spending in a restaurant or a café, no travel time, and availability of amazing online tools like Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, etc. Also, working from home added efficiency to the logic. To connect with others, reach out to a friend, family member, or colleague daily. You can get in touch with them by phone, text, or email to see how they're doing. However, social connections are better in person, where you see how happy your friend is when you talk about your new self-improvement habits, give a high-five, or just play a sport like it used to be.

You may boost your quality of life and improve your mental health by making time to interact daily with other people. Going out for a meal or a drink with friends is always on my agenda.

You can attend social gatherings, join a club, or participate in team sports. You can form supportive networks, boost your social skills, and feel more a part of your community by cultivating positive interactions.

Many books have been written about the inclusion and practices of positive psychology and how they can be applied to our daily lives. One such book is "Positive Psychology and You: A Self-Development Guide" written by Alan Carr, a renowned psychologist, and professor who researched strategies and techniques that can help individuals improve their well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life. In his book, Carr focused on similar keywords (below) that resonate with 7 simple steps in our strategy to achieve your goals.
  • Positive psychology
  • Well-being
  • Happiness
  • Resilience
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-awareness
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Strengths and virtues
  • Gratitude
  • Positive emotions
  • Goal-setting
  • Personal growth
  • Self-improvement
  • Evidence-based strategies

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You can develop a greater sense of self-awareness and emotional well-being by practising gratitude, exercising, meditating, journaling, and learning something new. In this fast-paced world with constant real and virtual noise, such as social media, fake news, algorithms, attention bias, etc., it's important to prioritize self-development and take the time to invest in our growth. This is not a perfect or exhaustive list; you do not have to include all or start with many at once. Just take your first step, and as you pick up consistency on the first in any order, you can add another one. Some will resonate with your time, lifestyle, temperament, etc., and some may not, but START is important here.

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