7 Ways to focus on yourself to live a happier life

By Nicole Tinkham

Listen up! We thought it was time to address some life topics specifically for YOU! Seriously, get out a pad of paper for note taking or print this blog and keep it nearby. These 7 tips are the things that could change your life forever. To start off, we’re strong believers that life is supposed to be fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, what’s the point? We also believe in passion. Not everyone realizes that they can choose to do the one thing they’re most passionate about every single day. You’re not locked into a certain career choice. You can make changes and follow a different path entirely. The choice is up to you but most importantly, you must focus on YOURSELF in the following 7 areas to live a happier life.

1.    Get rid of the busywork and focus on what really matters
If you have an endless to do list and time spent with family is non existent, you are in desperate need of a change. At the moment you’re probably thinking there’s no way you can narrow down your task list to only three items but that’s exactly what we’re challenging you to do. Get out a sheet of paper and jot down everything you do in a day or a week. Now circle the most important task that MUST get done no matter what. This is the number one thing you’re held responsible for and if it doesn’t get done there will be consequences. Now do the same exact thing with the next most important task on your list. And again, circle a third. Now you have your top three priorities. These three areas are where your focus needs to be in order to get your job done.

Now you have to take care of the rest of your list. Chances are the remaining tasks are just fillers that help you get your top 3 priorities done anyway. In that case, go ahead and delegate them to free up your time. You can now concentrate on what’s really important and be able to spend more quality time with your family.

2.    Schedule some fun
Once you’ve gotten rid of some of the busywork, this step becomes much easier. By now you should have some extra time to turn your attention to the things you love doing. If being swamped with work has become the norm, you may not even know what to do with your time once you have more of it! We recommend spending it with friends and family or discover a new hobby. It’s easy to overlook it but having fun is a huge component of being successful. It keeps you from burning out, it brings about new creative ideas, and it relieves stress. Do yourself and those around you a favor and enjoy life a little!

3.    Your health is important!
Staying healthy prevents you from visiting the doctor often allowing more time to get things that matter done. Not only that, but working on your well being promotes happy and positive vibes to help you have better days overall. Here’s what you should be doing: Carve out at least 30 minutes a day for exercise. If you sit at a desk all day long, you also need to get up and stretch every hour. Also keep nutrition in mind. You don’t have to change your diet completely but be mindful of what you’re putting in your body so you can make smarter decisions.
Check out 7 Ways to be Healthier in the Office for more tips.

4.    Escape from reality
Everyone needs to get away every once in awhile. If you can, take a vacation somewhere far away and shut off anything work related like your phone or laptop so you can really clear your head. If you’re unable to travel, try reading! Make a serious effort to get lost in a good book daily. It will take your mind off any stress and put you in a better mood.

5.    Have a positive attitude
Thinking positively does more than just boost your mood. A positive attitude drives you further and helps you reach your goals. It has the power to give you more in life that you could ever possibly expect. But it’s nearly impossible to do around a bunch of negative people. Weed through your friends and start hanging out with the uplifting ones more often. You’ll begin to have a brighter outlook on life and you’ll start to see your dreams turn into a reality. It’s a beautiful thing.
Of course you’ll still have bad days. We all do. But one thing you can do every single day for a mood booster is to show gratitude. When you first wake up in the morning think about all the things you’re thankful for. Make a mental note of these and be sure to show your appreciation to the people in your life.

6.    Face issues head on
When issues arise that stress you out, your first instinct is probably to ignore them. But what you really need to do is face your problems head on. That aggravation won’t go away simply by pushing it under the rug and the more it builds up, the worse it gets. Work on solving your problems as they come up for peace of mind. Once you get the issue under control, you’re free to move on and focus on the important things.

7.    Continue to learn
Sorry to break it to you but you will NEVER be a master at every single thing. Good news is you have plenty of exciting things to learn in your lifetime. Read books, watch YouTube videos, take classes, and listen to podcasts on the things that interest you. Saturate your mind with the things that drive you in life. You can’t take in enough information so read a few good books over and over again. You’ll most likely get something new and valuable out of it each and every time. You can easily push learning to the side thinking you don’t have time for it. But listening to a podcast on the drive to work is all it takes!

We’re not going to sugarcoat it and tell you that by doing these 7 things, life will magically be perfect. You’ll still be thrown curveballs but keeping this list in mind will help you handle them better and enable you to move past them. If you’re a giver, you may find it difficult to allow time for yourself and it could take some practice but you need to get there. Stop overworking yourself for nothing and start spending time doing the things that make you happy.

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