1) Stop making bucket lists and start documenting the things that you have accomplished.
Instead of adding more and more items to a list of things that you WANT to do, start a list of things that you HAVE already done and focus on growing that. Actively racking up different experiences rather than adding to a list of wants is a simple way to shift the mindset towards action rather than passivity (which is what most of us tend towards).
2) Do one new thing every day that you’ve thought about at least once before.
Have you always wanted to try that local coffee shop which you pass on your way to work every day, only to settle for the same routine Starbucks dark-roast? Do you have a secret desire to take a Salsa class but don’t think you’ll be any good? Put aside the self-doubt and start following through with your desires. Even a bad experience is never a wasted experience as we become wiser for it.
3) Stop over thinking every decision and start trusting more in your gut instincts.
You know the right answer intuitively moments after the initial thought is processed. Whether it’s a simple yes or no decision to be made, or even a question of personal preference, spend less of your time rationalizing and refuting every possible outcome and just go with your initial inclination. If you totalled up all the time spent debating with yourself, you probably could have taken a few Salsa classes by now.
4) Start your day earlier to maximize your time and productivity.
You’d be amazed at how much more you can accomplish with an extra hour in the morning. After all, the age old saying wouldn’t exist if it didn’t contain some truth to it: “the early bird catches the worm;” and the first worm will always be the tastiest.
5) Invest in yourself by spending more on experiences rather than material goods.
If a material good purchase so happens to fall under the category of self-improvement (for example, a revamped wardrobe for a personal makeover) then ask yourself, at which point does the spending become just another means to feed your personal vanity?
6) Spend less time screen-to-screen and more time face-to-face.
In an increasingly technology-centric world, much of our time is spent on some form of mobile device, be it our cellphones, tablets, or laptops. Give yourself a break from the noise of digital media from time to time, and try and increase the number of your in-person interactions. After all, no amount of social media can compete with the power of an authentic face-to-face conversation.
Written By: Anna Zhao