Stop doing what everyone else does. If you don’t know where to start, here are 15 healthy habits for fun self improvement.
1. UP AND OUT IN UNDER 60
Lay out your exercise clothes the night before. Or, better yet, sleep in them. If your goal is to go on a morning run or get to the gym, see if you can get out of your front door in under 60 seconds, before you have time to say ‘not today.’
2. “WAKE UP, DRINK.” – KENDRICK LAMAR
Put a glass of ice on your nightstand each night. When you wake up each morning, roll over and chug its melted deliciousness. This kick starts metabolism and gets the blood flowing. Splash a little on your face too if you need it.
3. DON’T USE IT AND DON’T LOSE IT
Keep your phone charger away from your bed, like in your bathroom or on the armoire. This will help you actually have to get up to turn off your alarm, as well as solve the problem of endless late night surfing.
4. “EGGSELLENT…” – MR. BURNS
Consume at least 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking. A high protein breakfast is absolutely essential for brain power, fat loss, and feeling full. A 5 egg omelet? Don’t mind if I do. Sub a protein shake if you have to.
5. THE UNIFORM
Wear the same thing, or close to it, every single day. Having a uniform cuts down on using up mental power in the morning when deciding what to wear. It also helps you get “in the zone” and stay comfortable anywhere.
6. SECURE ALTERNATE TRANSPORT
If you can walk to work each day, you better walk. If you can bike, bike. Turn your morning commute into exercise, not a chore. If you can’t bike, try ride shares or public transportation to save thousands of dollars over time.
7. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Your commutes should be helpful, not harmful. Listen to one podcast episode each day on your way to and from work. Listen to TED talks, iTunesU courses, or learn a language.
8. “HEY MAN, LONG TIME NO SEE!”
Each day, send a “ping” to someone you haven’t heard from in a while and ask what they’ve been up to. This could be a phone call, email, or a text. Keep your network cared for, fresh, and informed.
9. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
When you talk to people, new or old, ask these two key questions to unlock endless opportunities and influence: “What are you currently working on?” and, “How can I help with that?”.
10. PROBLEM, SOLUTION, TASK
Whenever you are brainstorming or discussing a problem alone or with people, also make sure you write down one potential solution and to-do item for every problem. Works great with big ideas too: write down a task and make it real.
11. MOVE YOUR FEET, LOSE YOUR FAT
Every hour, no matter what, get up and move. Walk around the block, do burpees, pull-ups, or stretch. We are not mean to be this sedentary, and you need to combat it every chance you get.
12. SECURE THE PERIMETER
The second you get home, put everything back in its specific place. Your keys should go somewhere, your work bag should go somewhere, and you could even change into “at home” clothes right away. Stay extremely organized.
13. “WHEN YOU ARE COOKING, COOK.” – ZEN PROVERB
Turn on some music and cook with intention. Try your best, make things look nice, and clean all your dishes as you use them. Focus on the art as a form of meditation and improve your health, focus, and skills.
14. I’M NOT A DOC, BUT I JUST PLAYED ONE ON TV
Use your Netflix account productively, and watch a documentary for each entertaining movie. There are great documentaries out there that are just as fun. Netflix also has 20-minute TED talks to sub in between show episodes.
15. GAME PLAN
Always write down your goals and tasks for the next day the night before. There is some bro-science about letting your subconscious solve problems while you sleep, but it’s also great to get up and know exactly what you’re doing that day.
Number 9 is a legendary tip that I wish I had in mind 3-6 months ago.
I was in an executive assistant position after 6 years in the field. I really felt it was a stepping stone in our organization, but I was too focused on my own work. When I had time between projects, I was working down my list of great ideas that was helping other business areas.
But I was neglecting going to my supervisor and her boss (the president) to ask what they were doing and how could I help. While my supervisor knew the work I was doing was special, when rough times hit a couple months back, the president decided to cut my position to save money and put me back in the field.
Because I hadn’t been making myself essential, my supervisor couldn’t truthfully say she NEEDED me. She went to bat and told the president about all the work I did, but the president just wanted to dump that work to others.
I won’t make this mistake again.
Awesome point brotha. Sometimes the lessons we learn are expensive 🙂
I’m making a point to implement several of these items. Great points.
Wow, this is great. I will start doing these TODAY
Go get ’em, Joey. We recommend only implementing one at a time, testing it for a week.
Then, you’ll know if it works for you and if it will stick. Then, keep adding or switch it up.
This is an excellent list. I think this will be taped to my wall.
Hey, love to hear that! Maybe try one per week and see what works best for you.
Already do most of these. In regards to #7, Coursera is also an option.