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Imagine just taking one minute out of your day to make it better. Perfect for us busy people. I won’t waste your time. Let’s get right into it.
1. Movement breaks. Beat the “Sitting Disease” by standing up to move around a bit. It could be doing just a couple of yoga stretches (maybe stumble a little), a 1 minute work-out, or just doing some chores you’ve been procrastinating on.
2.Set an intention or affirmation. Maybe there was quote you came across which made you go WOW! Mind blowing. Or, you have a favorite mantra you go by. Or, you can create your own mantra or affirmation now.
My favorite saying has always been “Bitter first. Sweet later.” It’s a Chinese saying. “先苦后甜. “Xian ku hou tian” I’m so Asian haha. Here are some other affirmations to get you started.
3.Visualize. This goes perfectly well with the affirmations! If you have your affirmations ready, you can also visualize. Visualize yourself achieving your goals or making progress on your goals. What’s your story? How does it make you feel? I know it makes me feel…giddy. What a weird word.
4.Gratitude. This is a powerful feeling. Consider keeping a gratitude journal to list a few things you’re grateful for each day. It could be the most simplest things like water, shelter, food, and family. Or, something personal to you.
5.Unfollow and unsubscribe “garbage” content. Admit it. Are you following things or people that aren’t adding any value to your life? I know I was. I won’t expose anyone though. If you are, do yourself a favor and hit that unfollow button. Most likely it will be in emails, Instagram, or any other social media platforms.
6.Smile more. Memes. That’s all I can say. Joking. There’s plenty of other ways to smile more. Talk to a funny friend, watch a short funny or cute YouTube video. Or just smile to yourself at the mirror. You might feel like a creep but it’s still kind of funny.
7.Plan a playlist. You can prepare a set of playlist for content you wish to listen to the next day. It could be downloading episodes of podcasts, saving educational content from YouTube or just some of your favorite songs to boost motivation.
8.Apply sun block. Beet colored face or golden skin? Sun-spotted and scarred skin or clear skin? Make your choice. I love using this sun block meant for babies. Says a lot about me, right?
9.Consequences for negative thinking. I really really hate squats. So every time I find myself in a negative thought pattern, I do about 20 squats. It’s a win-win. I go against those negative thoughts and against a flat bum.
There’s also the popular rubber band method. You pull the rubber band and snap it for each negative thought. So think about this: What’s something you really hate which can be used as a consequence for that inner critic?
10.Brush your tongue. We have a lot of plaque and bacteria on our tongues. Yuck! So don’t just brush your teeth. Brush your tongue too. Buy a tongue scraper for a less stinky breath. It’s literally less than $10 on Amazon for two packs.
11.Spice up your water. Maybe water has become boring for you. Try adding slices of lemon, lime, oranges or cucumbers. This keeps you healthy and hydrated! I don’t know about you but it makes me feel fancy.
12.Take your vitamins. Consider making it a habit to wake up, drink water and take your vitamins. I take only one type of vitamin called “NMN.” Apparently, it makes your skin glow.
13.Clean one area. If you’re a lazy bum like me, instead of cleaning out the whole place, pick one area to clean out everyday. Whether it’s just washing the dishes and putting them away, emptying the trash can, or cleaning out your computer table.
14.Add veggies to your meal. I keep a pack of veggies in my fridge available to top with all my meals now. In all your meals, consider making veggies a requirement to place with your food.
15.Make your bed. Nothing much needs to be said about this one here. Get up and just do it! Nike.
16.Clear out the car. I make it a rule now every time I drive the car, I have to clear out whatever clutter is inside such as any random receipts, paper, or garbage. Plus, what if you find something valuable in there? Saves you from the car thieves.
17.Organize browser tabs. I cannot have too many tabs open at once. It’s my pet peeve. Luckily, thanks to Thomas Frank, I’ve been using a Chrome extension called “Workona” that allows me to organize my tabs. You might want to consider this or just do a good old-fashioned manual organization.
18.Do a digital declutter. We probably spend a majority of our time on our phone and computer now. So why not keep it clean and organized? Try cleaning the home screen, folders, or delete any apps you don’t need. It’s always a blessing for my eyes when I open my phone or computer now.
19.Slow down. Take a moment to just stop to breathe and do nothing. Just exist. Observe everything around you.
20.Read a few pages. If it’s hard to sit down and read for long hours, then just read a few pages. It only takes one idea for us to have our “breakthrough.” Besides, imagine the compounded effects of reading a couple of pages per day?
I’m not saying that you should do all of these. Trust me, it took me forever to implement some of these habits. But I would highly suggest for you to choose maybe 2-3 new habits and systemize it. Set a reminder for yourself to do it and make it consistent.
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