Life in the 21st century can feel like a 100 mile an hour race at times. We are all guilty sometimes of not really focusing on what is important and we can often take things for granted too much.
Throughout this post, I am going to talk about three simple measures you can take which will improve your life. Even if it’s just a tiny bit.
The best thing about these measures is they all have free options, you can do them at your own pace and just take a little bit of patience and the ability to form a habit by you.
They will require you to continue to do them in order for them to be really successful.
They will help your body, mind and personal development.
So, with that in mind lets go through each of the steps.
Number #1 – Reduce Your Little Spends
By this, I mean to reduce your daily bad spending habits. Things like that morning takeaway coffee, do you really need it?
An average price of a takeaway coffee in the UK is £2.40. If you have one of these each working day that’s £12 per week and a whopping £48 per month.
Ask yourself – do you REALLY need it on the way to work?
I am sure that your place of work has tea and coffee making facilities so ask yourself could that £48 per month be put to better use? I am pretty sure it could.
Another classic work spend is the vending machine. They have this ability to lure you in like that chocolate bar is the tastiest thing on the planet and even if it was your last £1 you just have to have it.
Again, one visit per day to these is another £20 per month during the workdays. If you are crazy enough to do both then that’s £68 per month just on takeaway coffee and the odd treat.
I will let you into a secret. You don’t need them, and they do not improve your life in any way shape or form.
If you invested that £68 per month in a steady stock that grew a modest 5% per year you would have £856.80 after just ONE year.
Here are some other things that this money could get you that will improve your life:
- A website and hosting for a small business idea
- A vast array of online courses
- A very nice trading pot
- A family holiday
- Some minor home improvements
- An emergency fund
So, you see, when you put it like that it’s amazing what money you do have and how you can save if you need to.
I would challenge anyone that the latter is far better than the coffees and vending machine visits.
Other bad spending habits include:
- TV Subscription services
- Magazine subscriptions
Ask yourself – do you REALLY need them and what could you do with the money instead?
Number #2 – Learn To Calm Down
Do you often find yourself losing your mind and getting angry in situations that are out of your control?
Unfortunately, we all do from time to time.
Whether it is politics, your sports team losing, the weather or any number of things that are not really in your control.
You just have to ask yourself what could I personally have done for this not to happen?
The answer is not a lot, or most often the answer is actually nothing. You could have done nothing to prevent it.
If you were expecting a nice family picnic and the heavens opened and it poured with rain. Its not your fault, calm down and accept it.
If your favourite sports team lost on a Saturday, do not let it ruin your weekend. You personally had zero impact on the game, so you should not be putting stress on yourself or letting it get you in a bad mood.
If the worlds political shape is not panning out to your liking, then again although you have a voice and a vote so do millions of others so your one voice and one vote is not going to swing the whole thing your way. Its best to accept it and make the most from it for yourself and family.
Look out for the things you CAN make a difference with.
Spend time with your kids and family, read a book, listen to music, get out for walks.
It really is the small things that make the difference.
If you find yourself getting to a stressful place then obviously seek professional help, but there are a few steps you can take yourself.
Take deep breaths. Find a quiet place and practice some slow deep breathing, it really helps.
Get out for some fresh air.
Do some quick exercise, even 10 minutes is good. Exercise is a great stress reliever.
Number #3 – Learn Something New
We are in an incredible age now with the internet and lucky to have such a resource at our hands. No longer do you need to enroll in a college to take up a new study course.
The online world has thousands of courses ready for you.
What sort of things can you learn online?
- Cooking classes
- Online marketing
- Web Design
- Photography & Design
- YouTube and Film Making
Plus, tons more – you name it and someone most likely will have a course on it.
The great thing about learning online is you set the pace, you can do them in the comfort of your own home and with no pressure.
Did I also mention that you also have the ability to learn a majority of this for free?
YouTube has an abundance of training materials – go and check it out!
It makes learning fun and interesting.
These courses and training videos often come with full support and forums or groups with other students in so you will have people with similar interests to you who are on the same journey.
Learning new things is great for the mind. Remember the brain is a muscle so it needs to be used!
Also, not to mention that online courses can open up new doors for a possible career change or a new side hustle or maybe even a brand-new full-time business of your own!
Very existing indeed.
So, there we have it.
Three simple rules for a better life.