1. Ponder, “What is the courteous thing to do?”
Whenever there’s a chance I can wait a few seconds and hold the door for someone, I always take the time to do so. I’ll gladly take the opportunity to extend my sav asana by five minutes. I make sure to see how my friend is doing if she has been experiencing difficulties during her pregnancy. Why? Simply being courteous just makes sense.
2.Kindness is not about being noticed;
Rather, it serves as a constant reminder to be good to oneself and others, even when no one is watching. As a result, your mind will be trained to consider others’ feelings whenever possible. Keep in mind that the “nice thing” isn’t nice if it takes advantage of you, your time, or your generosity. Accept your limits.
3. Make the rule that you have to wait one minute before speaking.
We can thank Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and all-around brilliant human being, for this piece of advice. It’s simple: if something can be done in under a minute, push yourself to do it right then and there. Throw away the junk mail, put your coat on a hook, answer the text, put away the silverware, and secure the peanut butter jar.
It’s simple: if something can be done in less than a minute, push yourself to do it right then. Throw away the junk mail, put away the coat, answer the text, put away the silverware, and secure the peanut butter jar.
While each of these tasks may only take a few seconds to complete individually, they can quickly add up. If you keep saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” eventually you’ll end up saying, “What’s one more day?” Please don’t even consider doing that. You should do it right now.
3. Add another.
Put an extra serving of vegetables on your plate tonight. Increase your daily water intake by one glass. Master yet another useful phrase in Arabic. After those one mores have settled into your routine, you may want to think about adding a further one more.
4. Find out how much cash you have available.
Even if it’s a sobering reminder of how much you owe on your credit cards, knowledge is power. Having a reliable and up-to-date understanding of your financial standing is the first step toward monetary independence and self-assurance. Maintain a routine of frequent account monitoring, whenever that may be most convenient for you. If you keep track of your income and expenses, you’ll be better able to resist the urge to spend money on unnecessary things in the future.
A word of caution from someone who suffers from severe money anxiety: there is a delicate balance to maintain between keeping a firm grasp on your finances and becoming obsessed with every cent. Though I am an advocate for learning about and managing one’s finances, I removed the bookmark for my financial advisor’s website this spring after the markets crashed. I opted for ignorance over stress over a situation over which I had no control. Recognize the things you can influence and devote your energy and time to those things; for example, saving money for a rainy day instead of buying a ridiculous jumpsuit.
5. Make a note of it, number
How likely is it that you’ll recall the amusing thing your toddler said this morning, much less in twenty years? In addition, why are we putting faith in our tired brains to recall all the ingredients for that Alison Roman recipe before we head out to the store?
If you have that “I need to write this down” flag waving in your brain, you should immediately jot down the thought. It could be sayings, gift suggestions for those who seem impossible to shop for, potential date night eateries, or anything else you know you’ll forget. Create numerous checklists using either paper and pen or the Notes app on your mobile device.
6. Scheduling weeks, months, and even years in advance is a must.
Setting aside time on a regular basis to organize your online calendar will allow you to see upcoming important events, such as bills, birthdays, and events, weeks or months in advance, giving you plenty of time to get ready.
Thank the Internet gods for Google Calendar, in which I can see in advance when money will be automatically deducted from my various accounts. Additional green events twice a year serve as gentle nudges to get my finances in order for the four quarterly tax payments I’m required to make throughout the year. On December 10th, from now until 2023, I will celebrate the birthday of my yoga teacher. Work-related tasks are all coded in coral, so I have no hope of remembering that I have a check-in to make in the early summer for a certain project. To avoid forgetting about getting my oil changed, I put it in my calendar several weeks in advance.
7. take along just one thing.
If I didn’t take a cup, mug, or bottle of something like water, tea, or kombucha with me every time I went to the kitchen, my nightstand would be overrun. Whenever you find yourself with some time on your hands, you should ask yourself, “What can I bring with me?” Use this method wherever you feel clutter threatening to take over, be it a specific space, your workplace, or your vehicle.
8. Make your future self a top priority.
It’s dull, isn’t it? Making the right choices over many years will pay off in the end, allowing you to retire early and spend your days lounging on a Spanish beach. Living for the moment, on the other hand, can be detrimental to your physical, mental, relationship, and financial health in the long run.
Do some thinking for a nanosecond. How dangerous would it be to have unprotected sex with him? Should I not have any more drinks because I have to drive home? How do I decide between buying these shoes and putting money into my IRA?
Fortunately, your future self may thank you for taking a risky decision now. If eating frozen pizza at 2 a.m. will prevent you from having a hangover in the morning, it may be the prudent thing to do. Figure out the sweet spot where your present wants meet your future needs; this spot will likely shift as you go through life.
9. Increase your rate of rejection.
I got turned down at least four times today. While I certainly didn’t enjoy the experience, I was able to move past it much more quickly than I had after each of the previous four rejections. We have nothing to lose by trying. Keep in mind that the worst they can say is no.
The one thing I’ve learned over and over again is that we can’t expect anything unless we specifically ask for it. Now and then you’ll understand, and other times you won’t. Nonetheless, inquiry is required.
One thing I’ve learned over and over again is the importance of simply asking for what we want. It’s hit-or-miss; there are times when you understand and times when you don’t. However, the question must be posed. Submit yourself to exposure therapy for rejection, micro doses of being told “no” over and over again, until you reach the point where you can handle the “yes” you seek in your career or relationship. It will enhance the pleasure of receiving the rare affirmative response.
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10. Use difficult situations to hone your patience.
We’ve all been in line behind that one person who moves at the speed of a snail at the local coffee shop or bank. I tell myself, “What a perfect time to practice your patience,” when I find myself in such a situation with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no reason to get worked up.
Try saying it to yourself when your toddler has an accident while learning to use the toilet or when you feel the urge to send a snarky email to your coworkers. Inhale and exhale slowly. Make an effort to take in your immediate environment. Use your perspective. Likewise, work on your patience.