Today we are talking about self-improvement. 10 ways to start self-improvement today. For the past year, I have been on this kick to be the best version of myself. I was letting myself go and not really taking care of myself self, mentally, physically and spiritually. I was in a slump and didn’t know how to get over it.
Somehow, somewhat I stumbled upon productivity videos on YouTube, which led to morning routines, nightly routines, Sunday prep and then self-improvement videos. My mind was blown by all the information I was receiving.
These videos helped me work on myself and who I wanted to be as a person. I have talked about before in a post that when I was growing up I was always so angry. A lot has been discussed within myself and I have been working on the issues that caused that anger.
I want to share the things I have done or will do to help me and continue my journey to improve myself. You don’t have to do all of these you can pick and choose which ones seem like the right fit for you, your life and your goals.
Read a Book
I used to read a lot when I was younger. I don’t know if its because I wanted to or if it was because school forced me to. It was probably a little bit of both. I have to give props to my English teacher Mrs. Julie Smith. She picked out some fantastic books that I still own and read to this day like A Child called It and The Lost Boy by David Peltzer, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck ”.
Nowadays, I look for more self-help and self-improvement. I am in the middle of reading 2 books, Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. Both of these books are so interesting and inspiring. It definitely has impacted my way of thinking.
For 2020 I think it would help me and Mike to see our goals daily. We say a lot of things but then forget about them. With having this vision board out in the open it can remind us of our “why”. Why we are doing what we do to achieve our goals.
It doesn’t have to be girlie, full of rainbows and butterflies. Unless you are into that sort of thing. When we create ours it’s going to be pictures of a home, farmhouse-inspired, self-employed, more kids, more money, new cars, and family orientated. Things we know are practical for the life we want.
Start a Journal to track self-improvement
I am a sucker for some good stationery, but I never used it. I didn’t want to ruin it. That’s the perfectionist in me. Lately, I have found the beauty in writing down my thoughts and getting everything out of my head. I can’t forget anything if I wrote it down.
We all need to back up our computer just in case anything happens. The same should also be done for our brains. We cant store a lot of information without forgetting a few things.
I prefer pen and paper, but you can do it digitally if that’s more your speed. However, you choose to do it, just start don’t wait.
Keep your home clean
Not going to lie, Mike and I can be lazy sometimes. Dishes in the sink, clothes all over our bedroom floor and toilet paper not on the holder but on top of it. I know, I know that’s the last straw.
This past year we have let it happen more than it should have. I noticed more the state of my house affected my mood. Mike and I would argue more and I would get fed up with how the house looked. It made me upset and angry. I know it was our fault.
Not knowing where to start made me depressed. I started with the simple task of making my bed every day and work on one room a day. Once that room was fully clean, I would go to another room and deep clean it. Then all I have to do was go straighten up the first room.
Then BAM I had 2 rooms fully clean and just had to maintain on the daily. My mood improved, my workflow improved and Mike and I weren’t arguing. We were in better moods. A clean home really makes a difference.
Make a daily to-do list
If you follow me on Instagram then you know I love me some lists. Every morning I wake up, make some coffee, chill and watch TV for a half-hour or so. Then I get up and write a to-do list. It’s not a list I MUST get done today. It’s just a list of things I would LIKE to get done. If I don’t… no biggie, it goes on the next days’ to-do list.
It could be doing all the laundry in the house, writing the blog I have been putting off, going for a walk around my neighborhood. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t finish. I just work on my most important things first. The things I know if I completed that day I would feel good about myself.
Find new music to listen to
Music is my life. If I am trying to get things done during the day I always have music on. Like right now, I am listening to an instrumental playlist for meditation and self-improvement. Normally, when I write my articles I listen to a YouTube channel called Alexrainbirdmusic they come out with new playlists on indie music artists. I find it so relaxing and therapeutic to get me in the mood to get things done.
I like to type in a genre and find a song I think might be good to listen to and I let it play. Since YouTube goes to another song after its done. I just let it play and if I like a song I can go back into my history and find it.
Always bring water with you
I have noticed more lately how much money we spend on drinks while we are out. It amazed me. So our new goal as a family is to bring a reusable water bottle with us where ever we go so we always have something to drink.
If we don’t have it with us, we end up choosing more sugary drinks. I noticed my skin was dry and dingy and drinking more water can help with that. Water just has so many benefits and its free. Why not drink more of it and help our body out in the process. Save money, have better skin and help out our body what more could you ask for.
I have a post where Mike and I do a life audit that regards our goals, but I recently found a blog post on Pinterest from a site called Jeninenicole.com called “44 self-discovery questions to deepen your self-awareness and spark your personal growth journey”.
Long ass title, but I have been writing in my journal. As Jenine Nicole says in her post “Take your time. This isn’t a test. Reflect on each question and once you get to your answer, dig deeper. What else are you missing?”
I answer each question honestly and unapologetically. This is for me and no one else.
Listen to Podcasts for self-improvement
If the TV is on during the day it is either playing new music to listen to, clean with me videos or Spotify is on playing a podcast. My favorite podcasts to listen to are On Purpose with Jay Shetty, Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis or Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. There are so many more but I am not going to list them.
I am all about self-development and improvement. I want to grow as a person and not be the same person I was years before. My life wasn’t going well back then and it wasn’t the universe screwing me over, it was myself. My own high horse got in my way thinking somehow the world owed me for the hard life I had.
Not to say I don’t enjoy the fun podcasts that just let me forget about the world. Zane and Heath: Unfiltered and Office Ladies do that. All in all just find the ones that mean something to you, that you find interesting. Self-help or not… in some sort of way it will end up helping you.
Remove items that do not serve a purpose
I sit in the same spot on my couch every day and from January to May I stared at the same items on a bookshelf near my bathroom. The same items sitting on my TV stand shelves. One day I looked at Mike and said “Why do we have this stuff? It just sits there collecting dust. I never touch it and I don’t feel anything when I look at it except annoyance.”
From those couple of sentences, I spent the next 3 months decluttering my house of clothes, books, shoes, toiletries, dishes, pots and pans. Anything I could get my hands on that I knew served us no purpose. I could have sold that stuff to make some extra money but why give myself a bigger headache when I just wanted that stuff out of my house.
My mindset was to it all away. I set it out by the road and let people have it. It was a weight off of my shoulders that we didn’t have stuff that didn’t mean something to us. However, I will call Mike out. I have not been able to get rid of his little weight set in the closet that he only uses when I bring up he hasn’t used it and he puts it back in the closet. The same goes for his rollerblades.
It’s fine… they will be MINE soon enough!
Self-improvement doesn’t happen overnight
Its true it doesn’t. You will fail, but you have to keep at it. I have been working on this all year and I still fail. Its no biggie man. Just get up and try again. If it is something you really want then you will make it happen. It doesn’t make you less of a person if you are not “woke” all the time.
Life is a constant learning journey. You find out what you like what you don’t like. How you want to be seen and treated or how you see or treat others. It all starts with mindfulness and appreciating what you have. Constantly work on yourself and forget everyone else. You are the only one who can control you.
The easiest way is to not think, just start
I hope you guys enjoyed 10 ways to start self-improvement today. Again you don’t have to do all of them. Just pick a few and see how they work out. If not come back here in a week or so and I will have 10 more ways to start self-improvement.
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I appreciate you taking the time to read my article. I hope you find what you are looking for in life. Let me know in the comments What are you looking for in your self-improvement journey?
Until next time. Have a great day