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Get Your Life Together In 14 Steps
If you feel like you’re currently in a funk or like your life is a beautiful yet hectic mess you might feel like you need to take some steps to get your life together. Don’t you worry, little changes can make a big difference. Simply keep on reading for the best practical tips that will help you get your life together in no time.
Simple daily habits can make a big, positive change in your life.
It takes 3 weeks to form a new habit. Hence, I recommend sticking to the tips proposed below for at least 21 days to see the best results and not only get your life together but also keep it that way.
The 21/90 rule states that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change. – activeiron
Get your life together in 14 steps
If you want to get your life together you need to take care of all aspects of yourself. Your body, your mind, and your soul.
#1 Drink more water
Often in life, we overcomplicate things. We think we need to take drastic measures to get what we want, to change something for the better, to see results. At the same time, we’re forgetting about or we’re underestimating the importance of getting our basic needs met as well as about practicing simple, well-known habits.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. It improves our mood, our sleep, our cognition, our skin, and, and, and.
Yet, a lot of people still struggle with remembering to drink enough water.
Tips for drinking more water:
- keep a reusable water bottle with you
- before going to sleep place a glass or bottle with water on your nightstand to drink throughout the night in case you’re waking up thirsty and to make sure you drink water first thing in the morning.
You can use a water bottle and add ice cubes if you usually prefer cold water to ensure it still feels refreshing to you in the morning
- set a goal of how much per day you want to drink
- to help you stick to your goal you can get a fun, big water bottle with time markings on it
#2 Time block your day and/or set timers
You might feel like you don’t get enough done during the day simply because you start too many things at once, and then struggle to finish all of them. Or you don’t even attempt to complete a task because you feel too much pressure and you think it will take forever.
A great solution in time blocking.
Either plan out your entire day in advance by dividing it into blocks of time, each dedicated to a specific task, or just set your timer for a certain period of time (that doesn’t intimidate you) and dedicate that time to a specific activity. That could mean a 20 minutes workout or a 15 minutes kitchen cleaning session.
#3 Reach out to friends and family
Feeling like you have your life together means feeling organized and having a sense of balance.
Maybe you’re super productive and hard-working, yet your social life might be lacking some attention. Don’t wait for them to call you, or for the holidays to come, or a wedding invitation to reconnect with people. Check in with your close ones, call your mom, meet a friend for coffee, or send a postcard to your grandma.
Socializing doesn’t have to mean going out and partying. It can be finding a way of truly connecting.
Prioritizing your social life every now and then will do you good. It will boost your mood and all other areas of your life will benefit from it too.
#4 Establish somewhat of a skincare/beauty routine
I’m not a fan of elaborate morning or nighttime routines, simply because who really has the time and energy to stick to those? Exactly, no one. Oh, you do? Well, good for you!
Getting your life back together also means being and feeling put together. Do what suits you and follow your daily needs and moods.
Always going from one extreme of a 50 step skincare routine and full-on make-up to a bare face that screams for moisturizer won’t make you feel good about yourself.
Having a simple, short “routine” that you stick to daily, on the other hand, will help you feel like you have your life together. It will make your soul, your mind, and your body happy. You will always feel confident and ready to tackle what life throws at you.
You can always add more steps to your basic routine if on a given day you have the time and desire to do so, but at least then on the days when you don’t feel like it, you won’t “neglect” yourself either.
A simple morning skincare/beauty routine could mean washing your face with cold water, putting on sunscreen, a bb cream, lip balm, and curling your lashes. Maybe some mascara and blush. But that’s it. You can always add more steps, just make sure your basic routine is one that you’ll actually be able to stick to day after day.
#5 Get dressed for the day no matter if you have somewhere to go or not
Whether you’re working from home or it’s the weekend you might feel tempted to just stay in PJs or sweats all day.
Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely do that every now and then. Same as you can eat 10 donuts at once or cry your heart out and hide under the covers all day. For a day! Then it’s time to get your life together, pick yourself up, and live the life you want and deserve to live.
You know you’ll get more done, feel more productive, motivated and put together if you get dressed.
#6 Find a way to clear your mind
Whether it’s journaling, meditating, working out, creating music, or anything else really.
Think about what, as good as always, helps you to clear your mind and do that regularly.
You can (and should) do all those things of course, but realistically it’s probably not something you’ll have the time or energy for daily or even 3 times a week.
So once again, choose and commit to an activity that you will actually be able to stick to.
Whatever you will feel like doing on top of that, great. But at least in that way you always have something that’s an integral part of your day/week and won’t have to suddenly think of coping tools on the spot, when you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or anxious.
#7 Nourish your body
Eat clean, whole foods. But make it tasty!
There are so many options, great recipes, restaurants, food subscription boxes, etc. that can make clean, healthy eating easy, (most of the time affordable), and most importantly super delicious.
I hope that by now, everyone realizes that you don’t have to or even shouldn’t go on random diets or eat salads only. You also don’t have to always say no to treats and chips and drinks and what have you.
If you’re not paying much attention to what you’re eating right now, I can assure you that if you change your attitude towards food and start paying attention and nourishing your body with whole foods, it will pay off BIG time.
Your energy levels, your focus, your memory, your skin, your mood, everything will improve for freaking sure! I’m sure you know that it does matter what you eat, but not everybody seems to be aware of how much it actually matters.
Some scientists call our gut our “second brain”. If you want to look into the topic more, there are several well-known books you could check out, inter alia:
- “The Mind-Gut Connection. How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health” by Emeran Mayer
- “This Is Your Brain on Food. An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods That Fight Depression, Anxiety, Ptsd, Ocd, Adhd, and More” by Uma Naidoo
#8 Get rid of things that don’t serve you
The previous points all focused on things you should do on a regular basis, this point, however, is more of a one-time thing. Or something you can do once a year thing.
If you want to get your life together, you really don’t want to have a cluttered, messy home.
So get rid of things that don’t serve you. That goes for so many areas of your life. From your closet, your beauty products, to your kitchen utensils. I’m not even talking about minimalism. I’m just talking about getting rid of things that are absolutely useless to you, broken, expired, too small, too big and are only in your way or even ruin your mood.
#9 Get the rest and the sleep you need
Back to the basics one more time. You need to let yourself recharge if you want to get your life together. Sleep is important, period.
#10 Know that self-discipline equals self-love
Discipline sounds so serious and almost harsh, negative. It’s actually the opposite. Sometimes you won’t feel like doing certain things, but showing up for yourself and doing them anyway, knowing very well that they will positively impact your life, that’s self-love.
#11 Get a mentor, counselor, therapist
If you have the opportunity, money and time get a mentor, counselor, therapist.
It doesn’t matter how intense your reality is or your past was. Of course, in some cases, it’s crucial to get professional advice and help to be able to live your best life. However, this goes for each and every one of us.
Having someone knowledgeable to talk to, someone who can objectively look at us, listen to our stories, and bring both, the best and the worst out of us AND then give us tools to cope with it accordingly, that’s so valuable.
#12 Educate yourself on money and about your finances
Money is a crucial part of our lives, whether we want to admit it or not. Having a healthy relationship with money is directly connected to knowing how to budget, how to earn more or save more, or even how to spend more. Improving your attitude towards money will truly improve your life.
#13 Make your bed first thing in the morning
An easy one to start your day off right. To feel a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning.
#14 Organize your fridge/pantry right after bringing home the shopping bags
This one is connected to both, healthy eating habits as well as organizing your home.
If you don’t have a system yet, I highly highly recommend you take a moment one day to figure one out for your fridge and pantry. Whether it’s using glass containers, jars, or simply designating a spot for certain things will make your life so much easier and cooking more enjoyable.
Take your groceries out of any extra boxes, wrapping foils/paper, bags, etc., and put them away in their designated glass containers, baskets, and so on. Wash your fruits and veggies right away and maybe even cut some of them up already. This will make your life so much easier, and cooking so much more enjoyable. Besides, it’s so nice to always have something fresh, clean, and ready to grab and snack on.
Obviously, there are so many amazing habits we could adopt that would improve our lives. However, I wanted to make sure to share those that I truly believe to be a) super beneficial and b) doable. You don’t want to overcomplicate things and have a list of 100 habits that you’re suddenly supposed to adapt. No, take it easy, start with the basics, see what works for you, commit for at least 3 weeks and then reassess and go from there.
Time to feel your best!
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