Enjoy life, learn forever and make a difference - 5 top tips to make every day count

Enjoy life, learn forever and make a difference - 5 top tips to make every day count

  • 24 Jan 2018
  • Written by Karen Arthur

There’s always so much going in our busy lives, we juggle loads on a daily basis; family, friends, work, relationships, learning, travel and lots more. I’m often asked how I do make the most of my life and make every day count? – I’ve worked out some of the things that help me manage my workload and have fun at the same time. I don’t really separate work and play – it’s all living. This doesn’t mean I’m always working, it means I’ve learned the art of balance.

1. Do something to make you smile as you start your day!

I like to get up and start the day by getting out in the fresh air and walk my dogs. It gets the blood pumping and makes me feel like I’ve achieved something before I’ve even started working. It also releases endorphins so you’re more likely to be in a good mood and make you smile! If you don’t have dogs and outside isn’t for you, perhaps turn up the radio or put on your favourite tune and dance along while you get ready! I hear people all the time say they don’t have time for fitness, which is true, you don’t have time for it, you need to make time for it - there is nothing more important than your health, so respect it!

2. Just do it!

If you want something to happen, don’t just sit around waiting for it. Work hard, take your chances, and seize opportunities when they present themselves and say yes then figure your plan. Don’t give in to the fear and self-doubt and instead just do it!

3. Set goals and challenge yourself (and write them down)

You should always be looking for ways to make things better – including yourself. You can never know it all, and it’s so important to always be learning and developing. I find it really useful to set myself some goals and write them down. I make long-term and short-term goals, and the short-term successes keep my morale up to spur me on towards longer-term goals. By writing them down, you can work through your list and tick them off. Writing things down keeps you focused and makes sure you don’t forget great ideas. I look at my notebook every day and am always scribbling notes to myself.

4. Take a break!

It’s so important to carve a little time for yourself to get some head space. I find the best way to do this is to make a cup of tea and take 10 minutes to reflect. Often this time sparks new ideas as your mind wanders, or helps you find solutions to problems that have been bugging you. I find that taking a break helps me rest rather than give up. If you burn yourself out, you’re no good to anyone.

5. Do some good

I believe that fulfilment and purpose are very closely linked. Most people feel the most fulfilled and happiest when they are having a positive impact on those / their environment around them. Do your bit, whether it’s helping someone in business, visiting a relative or elderly neighbour, doing your bit for charity or even get involved in recycling – start at home, if everyone does a little a lot will happen.

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