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Self Improvement and bettering yourself is a life-long journey and something that we need to continuously work on. We should always be working on bettering ourselves, but that doesn’t mean you always have to be improving big aspects or making huge changes in your life. Self improvement can just as easily come from small changes to your everyday routines and habits.
So in this post today, I want to talk about just that, the small everyday changes you can incorporate into your life to work towards betterment and life long self-improvement.
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20 Simple Everyday Changes that Encourage Self Improvement
1 | Drink More Water
There is an endless list of benefits that come with drinking more water. Helps with better skin, better digestion, give you more energy, helps maintain blood pressure, and the list goes on and on. My hack for this is getting a big reusable water bottle and keeping it full and close to you throughout the day. I also don’t drink other beverages with meals, always water! The only other beverage I drink throughout the day is coffee, because let’s get real, i’m not giving up my coffee!
2 | Practice Gratitude
Incorporating gratitude into your everyday life is a super easy way to promote self-improvement and overall betterment of yourself. When we start focusing on the things in our life we are thankful for and lucky to have, we program our mindset to look for the positives instead of the negatives. Sometimes when we think we are having the worst luck, or a terrible day, simply thinking of 3 things in life we are grateful for can shift our perspective and remind us that things could always be worse.
Practicing gratitude regularly helps us appreciate what we have in our life currently and allows us to be happy in the present instead of always chasing the future or needing more.
Related Reading: 15 Ways Gratitude Improves Your Life
3 | Use a Planner
It doesn’t even have to be a planner, but find a tool that works for you that will help you get organized and stay on track. There are many different ways to use a planner, and how you want to use it to better your life is up to you. You can use it for everything: goal setting, tracking progress of goals, planning out months and weeks, writing out daily to-do lists, keeping track of appointments, jotting down affirmations or what you’re grateful for daily, and so much more.
Since I started utilizing a planner in my life, I feel so much more organized and way less scatterbrained. Since becoming a mom especially, I need something in my life to keep my on track and that I can easily glance at and remember everything I need to get done.
Here are some great options to get you started:
4 | Set Goals
This is a big one. Self-improvement and personal growth is very dependant on setting both short-term and long-term goals. How do you want to improve yourself and your life? What goals can help you achieve that this year, and how can you break those large goals down into smaller monthly goals?
These exercises will help you stay on track to becoming the best version of yourself. Having a clear picture of what you want to achieve, and then setting goals to compliment that big picture is how you set yourself of for success.
You can’t just say, I want to get healthier, make more money, and have more self-confidence this year, but then not set a plan or strategize HOW to accomplish those goals. That is why many people fail their New Years Resolutions! They fail to PLAN. You need to sit down and say I want to accomplish XYZ by whatever date, and these are the small goals I will accomplish each month to help me get there.
Related Reading: 3 Ways Goal Setting Can Improve Your Life
5 | Take a Multivitamin
A great habit to get into that instantly improves your life. The best way to incorporate this new habit into your life is by pairing it with something else you do every single day. For example, take it when you brush your teeth, or with your breakfast.
6 | Read More Uplifting Books
I love to read, so this has always been an easy one for me, but some people just aren’t readers, and that is totally okay! If you are not a reader, I encourage you to look into Audible by Amazon. You can listen to books instead. OR, another great option now is listening to Podcasts. There are so many motivational Podcasts about self-improvement and living well, and they are easy to throw on in the car or while your cleaning!
Regardless of what you choose – books, audible, or podcasts – these options are great and will provide you with self-improvement and personal growth as well as positivity and motivation!
Here are a few of my favorite books to get you started:
7 | Make Time for Your Passions
This is an absolute MUST. Where ever your passions are is where you need to spend your time. It is hard because we are all trying to juggle life, careers, kids, friends, relationships, healthy living, etc, etc., and most of the time when we just don’t have enough time in our lives, the first thing to get pushed aside is often our hobbies or passions.
I get it. We can’t really quit our jobs or ignore our responsibilities. BUT, I guarantee you have some spare time in there somewhere that is just getting used in a less than ideal way. I’m not saying you need to spend time on your hobby or passion every single day, but at the very least, once a week.
Do me a favour, for one week track every minute of your day. See where you are spending your time and then really analyze HOW you can make changes or better use of your time. How much time are you spending on Social Media, or watching TV? How much time are you spending cleaning, running errands, cooking, etc? Is there ways you can make these tasks more efficient? Can you meal prep? Can you time block? Where can you find the time, because I know you can find at least 2 hours in your week to set aside for YOU and whatever activity you are passionate about.
Related Reading: 5 Ways To Make Time For Your Passions
8 | Take the Stairs
One of the easiest changes you’ll make, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator! Or, park further away from the door. It’s the little things, am I right?
9 | Go Offline
Disconnect from time to time. Dedicate one evening or day per week to be completely technology free. Always turn your phone off for date night. Put your phone away while playing with your kids. Do something instead of watching TV or scrolling through social media.
It is so refreshing, and you may be surprised how much more productive you are when you pretend to not have access to technology for a day or even an hour!
10 | Practice Self Reflection
Self reflection is one of the first steps toward self-improvement. If we cannot reflect on ourselves, our emotions, and our actions, we cannot truly see where we need to improve. Once we start to reflect on our how we feel or act in certain situations, we can begin to improve those feeling or actions as needed.
If you are not sure what self-reflection is, it is basically all about understanding your own needs, wants, desires, habits, feelings, and really just anything that makes up the unique person that you are. The best thing about self-reflection is that it leads to self-awareness, and the more self-aware you become, the better you are at adapting to life challenges, and making decisions that positively impact and improve your life.
Related Reading: 5 Ways to Incorporate Self-Reflection into Your Life
11 | Try Something New
To grow and improve as a person, we NEED to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and try new things. If you never change anything in your life, nothing will change. Many of us are scared of change, or struggle with fear of failure, but I promise pushing yourself out of your comfort zone provides so much growth and learning.
Related Reading: 10 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
12 | Practice Self Care
Have you ever heard the saying “You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup”? It is SO true. How often do we put ourselves last in life? We are so concerned to make our kids happy, our partner happy, our boss happy, and we don’t focus on our own happiness! We don’t take the time for ourselves and to truly take care of our own wellbeing and happiness.
You need to start.
Pick one self-care activity and DO IT. Once a week, once a month, it doesn’t matter but you need to incorporate this into your life. It can be getting your nails done, going for a walk, taking a bath, or just getting out for an hour alone to go shopping or to a cafe. Whatever your idea of self-care is, fit it into your life.
You will be a better you in every aspect of your life because of it.
13 | Exercise
A great thing to incorporate into your life for many reasons. Helps with stress and anxiety, boosts your energy, improves overall health, makes you feel great about yourself, etc.
I am not saying you need to go buy a gym pass and spend two hours a day at the gym. Start with something as simple as going for a walk or doing some yoga at home.
14 | Moderation
I am totally behind the saying “everything is okay in moderation”. Chocolate, coffee, wine, binge watching Netflix. In my opinion even things that are not so great for us are totally fine in moderation (most of the time). If we get too caught up in limiting ourselves from things we enjoy is that really helping us in any way? For example, forcing ourselves to go on a super strict diet, or cutting out TV even though we love relaxing in the evening and watching our favorite show. All you’re doing is creating a negative associate with things that you love and leaving yourself to feel guilty when you eat cake at a party, or cave and watch a whole season of a show in one sitting to catch up after not watching TV for 3 weeks.
Restricting yourself doesn’t work. So, eat the cake and don’t feel bad about it. Watch an episode of your favorite show every evening to unwind. Just remember moderation is key! Have a piece of cake, not two. Watch one episode a night instead of 4.
15 | Life Live for Yourself
Stop worrying about what other people think and stop worrying about what is normal or expected of you. Live life however the hell you want to! Don’t let the fear of being judged prevent you from being true to yourself. Don’t follow a path because it is what your parents want you to do, and even more so don’t follow a path because it is considered the “norm” by society.
You don’t have to graduate high school, go to University, get married, and have babies, just because that is what society makes you think you are supposed to do (but if you want to do that, DO IT.). You can travel, pursue 10 different career paths until you find the right fit, never ever get married, start a business instead of going to University, whatever YOU want to do, just do it and forget about everyone else’s opinions on the matter.
Life is not cookie cutter or one size fits all, and it is far too short to not be living it exactly how you want to be!
16 | Let Go of Your Self Doubt
To kind of elaborate on the point above, you need to get rid of your self-doubt and just go for whatever it is that your scared of going for.
Self doubt and fear of failure is very real and very common. If you are feeling scared to go after a dream or new experience, you are not alone!
But I promise if you can push part your self-doubt, it will be the best thing you ever do.
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17 | Don’t Feel Bad About Saying No
Are you a people pleaser? Do you agree to do things even when you don’t want to? I get that, trust me. I was that person too.
You need to realize that it is A-Okay to say NO! You do not need to make anyone else happy but yourself.Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule, such as being a good friend or partner, but for the most part you shouldn’t do something you don’t want to do just to make someone else happy.
18 | Journal
Journaling is a great self-improvement tool. Writing down your thoughts and feeling regularly lets you work through them in a healthy way. Journaling can help you reflect on your emotions and learn and grow in a positive way by doing so.
This is something simple that you can easily incorporate into your life to encourage self-improvement.
19 | Be Present
Take the time to be truly present in your own life. Put your phone away and go outside, play with your kids and fully be present, go out to dinner with your partner and only focus on each other and your conversation.
With everyone and their dog having a cell phone now, being truly present in a situation is actually very rare. Start paying more attention and you will notice how much you are NOT actually present in your own life. Now, how can you fix that?
20 | Make The Time
We are all busy, trust me, I get that! But, making the time is a choice, and you need to make that choice. I am talking about making the time for your partner by having a weekly or bi-weekly date night, make the time for outings with your kids, make the time for YOU and your passions, make time for self-care, make time for your health, betterment, education, and growth. All of these things are so important and worth making the time for.
We all feel like we don’t have enough time in our lives, but if you take a hard look at how you prioritize your time currently, is there areas you feel like you can change? I bet there are some areas you can improve or change around for better time management and more overall free time to focus on more important things in life.
So, there you go, 20 fairly simple changes you can incorporate into your life as early as today! I wouldn’t try and make all these changes in your life at once, but pick your tops 5 or 10 and start making those changes over the next few months.
What all small easy changes have you made in your life that have allowed you to improve for the better? Let me know in the comments below!