We all want to lead better lives. Be good at whatever we do, stay motivated, stay happy, that everything works out for us and so on. And who doesn’t? To lead a better life, you need to be good at how you plan it, which in turn depends upon your habits, how you function, how you manage your time, what you eat and many more such factors. The way you spend your day is what determines your lifestyle. This is something which will have to be worked upon and not something that can be done overnight. It might take some time and a lot of changes, but you’ll be satisfied at the end of it. You’ll have a better life. Today I am going to talk about such top 5 habits that have helped me become better at life, and can work for you as well. Let’s get right into it:
For a better lifestyle, an individual must be good at managing stuff. This “managing” refers to treating a particular person or task according to its necessity, urgency or importance, hence prioritizing. Put more important tasks first, give preference to people who are close to you and neglect things which are less important and can be dealt with later. But how to differentiate between this essential and non-essential stuff? Here’s a simple trick: Look how a particular thing or a person is affecting your life and by how much and then place it in order of preference. This will help you become more productive, better at managing time and you won’t miss out on the things that matter.
Prioritize = Placing things in order on the basis of their level of importance
2. Physical Activity
As we grow up, we kind of start ignoring the importance of being physically active in our lives. No matter what you are doing, you should be doing some kind of physical activity in your day to lead a much healthier, a much better life. According to the World Health Organisation, “To individuals, the failure to enjoy adequate levels of physical activity increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 20–30% and shortens lifespan by 3–5 years”.
I can’t stress over the fact that how important it is to take care of your health and engaging yourself in some or other type of the physical activity is the least you can do. Do some cardio first thing in the morning, or take up a sport of your choice, just go out there and work on your body.
3. Eating Right
No, nobody is asking you to go on a diet or eat fancy foods or miss out on the things you love. It is again just about being reasonable and identifying the foods that are right and the foods that are not. Making healthier eating decisions and taking care of your body. You become what you eat. You eat good, you feel good, it keeps you active and keeps you going. Here’s what you can do to have healthier eating habits:
- Take your meals on time.
- Stay away from junk foods.
- Reduce processed foods.
- Avoid overeating.
Simple, isn’t it? Start today!
Often ignored, sleep can be the single most factor in determining how your next day is going to be. Be it being more productive, sharper, energetic, or anything else, just get more sleep. It is proven that increasing the sleeping hours of teenagers can increase the chances of them making it to the school more often with an increased chance of graduating, a study showed. Go to bed on time, build a routine and get at least 7 hours of sleep. Wake up fresh, get going, get results. I did a complete post highlighting the importance of sleep, make sure to check it out.
5. Time management
In the starting of this blog, we talked about prioritizing important things in your life and placing them in order. Time management, on the other hand, is about placing these priorities according to time and building a routine out if it which you can follow on a daily basis. For example, You are a student and you get time only in the evening to do other stuff such as working out, hanging out with friends, etc. Here, what you’ll have to do is to build your timetable around your school or university timings, prioritizing studies first and then work around with the rest of the time that you have. How about this:
- 8 am to 3 pm – School
- 3 pm – Lunch/Rest
- 5 pm – Hobbies (gym, sports, friends, family etc)
- 8 pm – Dinner
- 9 pm- School/ University work/Me time
- 11 pm – Sleep
See, here the whole routine is built around your studies, this can be work, or whatever you do for the majority of the day.
Lifestyle is a very important tool which can completely change the way you think, your productivity, your behavior, almost everything. To be successful, you need to have a good and a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve your goals while taking care of all the other things that may be going on in your life. So, these were my top habits for a better lifestyle, a better life. These can vary from person to person and can be molded accordingly. If this was helpful, please leave a like and comment about your favorite habit that has helped you. Cheers!