Here is a list of twenty things to consider doing daily.
- Wake up early. There’s a lot of good reasons to wake up early and most successful people have morning routines which include waking up early. Sadly, I have a lot of trouble on this area. It’s something I’m working on but with limited success.
- Make your bed. To quote Admiral William H. McRaven:
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed… If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
- Write. Ah yes, writing. Writing trains your brain and sharpens your way with words. It helps organize your thoughts and teach you how to communicate.
- Exercise. This should be a no-brainer. Make it a habit to exercise daily. It doesn’t have to be intense, something as simple as 10 pushups a day or a 5-minute jog every morning. Of course, it’s better if you do more but try to do at least that baseline amount every day.
- Meditate. I’ve just started this habit recently and it’s been working wonders. Don’t underestimate the power of meditation! It helps develop a calm mind and sharpen your mental senses.
- Floss. Everyone knows they should floss. So floss!
- Drink tea. I like tea, it’s also good for you.
- Read interesting articles. Again, pretty self-explanatory.
- Plan your day ahead of time. Spend just a few minutes and plan your day. The return on investment is huge!
- Take a bath or shower. I admit, I’m starting to run out of ideas here. Twenty things to consider doing daily, how much time do we have every day? At least remember to bath or shower.
- Sit on the toilet, move your bowels. Try to do it daily, unless you enjoy the feeling of constipation.
- Enjoy a moment of quiet and reflect on your day. We live busy lives, hardly do we have the time to sit down and enjoy a moment of peace. Try stopping every now and then just to reflect on your day.
- Socialize and talk to people. There’s a lot of mental health benefits to socializing. Chat with a few friends, talk to strangers, and go join social activities every now and then.
- Go for a walk around the park. Research shows that nature is good for you. A 30 minute per week stroll at the park is enough to reduce depression and heart disease!
- Watch a TED talk. There are thousands and thousands of interesting talks available, they can really open your eyes to interesting ideas all around the world.
- Listen to audiobooks or podcasts. There’s a lot of podcasts I’ve been meaning to listen to but can’t quite find the time. Instead, I’m devouring a lot of audiobooks during my daily commute, which is probably just as good. I could consider switching to podcasts and alternating between the two.
- Create a daily practice on something you’re learning. It could be a musical instrument, a foreign language, drawing, and etc. Draw a sketch a day, practice a chord a day, or learn a sentence a day. Small efforts add up fast!
- Sleep early and sleep well. Rest and sleep have a big impact on our personal performance. There’s a lot of downsides involved with sleep deprivation. Wouldn’t you rather avoid it all?
- Take care of yourself and carve out time throughout the day for yourself to enjoy. The one person we’re most likely to neglect is ourselves. Just think about it, how often do you break promises with friends? Hardly I would imagine. How often do you break promises with yourself? Very often. So take better care of yourself. Spend time tending your own needs.
- Create a list of twenty things. Yes, this is a bit meta but creating a list of twenty ways to do something or twenty ideas or how-to’s will helps improve your creativity. It stretches your mind to think outside the conventional and into the unconventional.
Of course, not everyone will have the time to do all those twenty things every day. The idea is to consider them. Some are really worth doing and you can call it a success if you managed to do just a few of them.