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Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.
I don’t subscribe to the whole “new year, new me” b.s. However, for the sake of creating the life that I imagine for myself, I’ve begun making small changes that have been positively impacting every area of my life thus far. Just a few short weeks ago, I felt like my life was in shambles, I was losing control of everything, and I had a negative outlook on life period.
I’ve decided that kind of life isn’t for me and here are a few things I’m doing to take back control.
1. Making my bed every morning
I once was the queen of caring less about whether my bed was made. Most days, I was sharing my bed with a pile of unfolded clean clothes and all the random items I didn’t care to put away. It’s a great way to start your morning and even better to come home to.
2. Keeping my room clean
This ties into the “making your bed every day” thing. When my room is clean, my thoughts and life tend to be so much more organized. A messy room is very reflective of a messy life, so set the tone.
3. Wake up earlier
I am NOT a morning person but waking up just a little bit earlier is a game-changer. An early start allows me to take care of ME before starting work. Whether you freelance or work 9-5, it makes the transition into work mode smooth af.
4. Say no
Most reasonable people hate disappointing others, but when it comes down to it, you can’t help others if you can’t help yourself. Say no to extra work thrown at you, turn down invites, cancel plans—do whatever you need to fuel yourself.
5. Journaling and listening to music
Random fact: I started journaling when I was younger because of Moesha. Nowadays, I keep a journal because it’s a great way to express yourself and to track your overall progress in life. You’ll look back and say to yourself “damn girl–look what you overcame.” I.e., me thinking I was going to be stuck working retail.
Starting your day with music is like selecting the soundtrack for your life on any given day. With that said, pick some tunes that will help you power through the day. My “Boss Bitch” playlist is usually my go-to.
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6. Read More
I’m not a bookworm, but reading is just an essential part of life. Whether it’s a magazine, a self-help book or a blog (like this) try to read more. Get ideas generating and creativity flowing. Practice this before bed and first thing in the morning, especially.
7. Sleep and sleep well
Lousy sleep or no sleep at all can make you feel like sh*t all day. Do whatever ever you need to do to get a full night’s rest. For me, as of late, it’s been listening to a white noise app, sleeping eye masks and putting my devices down at a designated time.
8. Eat Breakfast
This one I’m still working on. I know when I don’t eat correctly or at all, I get hangry. When I get hangry I can’t function–work doesn’t get done, people get yelled at. Just do everyone a favor and have breakfast in the morning.
9. Prepare for tomorrow…tonight
Take out your outfit, pack your purse, pack lunch/breakfast/snacks, schedule your day in your planner—do anything that needs to be done to have a stress free day tomorrow. If you’re looking for a new planner, try this Law of Attraction planner from Freedom Mastery. There a lot of useful productivity and goal checking stuff that you may need inside.
10. Drink more water
We’re all old enough to know the many benefits of water and why we should drink it. Do yourself a favor—drink your eight glasses a day and stop complaining.
11. Make a budget and stick to it
Unless you’re looking to be just as broke this year as you were last year, get with the budgeting program. I know it’s tough, but it’s necessary. I’m personally going to try weekly budgeting and report back on that. TBC
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12. Drop anything and anyone that doesn’t serve you
You don’t need any negativity of any form clogging up your mental space. Do yourself a favor a rid yourself of it all.
13. Practice positive self-talk
Speaking positively is one of the best ways to make a positive shift in your life. Positive self-talk you feel brand new and manifest those positive thoughts. Don’t sleep on this.