Despite what movie montages tell you, it’s possible to improve your life quality by doing little things as opposed to a drastic life overhaul. You don’t even have to wait months to see the impact of small changes you make. It all comes down to taking 60 small steps consistently for just 100 days.
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Hype Your Home
1. Make a “Conquer Clutter” calendar for your 100 days, writing in a single item group you plan to de-clutter each day over your 100-day period.
2. Keep your house in order by following these four rules:
• Put back what you take out.
• Close what you open.
• Pick up what you throw down.
• Hang up what you take off.
3. Look around your house and pick out 100 things that need to be fixed. Fix one each day.
Heighten That Happiness
4. Write down at least five items you’re grateful for each day.
5. Create a list with 20 little things you like to do, and make sure you do one thing off the list each day over the next 100 days.
6. Make a log of your positive and negative thoughts for ten days. Take note of what you feel when you have these thoughts. Spend the next 90 days changing negative mental chatter.
7. Have a laugh daily.
Try a little learning
8. Get a book that requires concentration and effort to read, and make sure you read each day so you can finish it in 100 days.
9. Learn at least one new thing each day.
10. Don’t complain for the next 100 days.
11. Set your alarm back by one minute for each of the next 100 days. After the 100 days has passed, you’ll be getting up an hour and forty minutes before you used to.
12. Write three pages of your stream of consciousness when you first wake up for the next 100 days.
13. Feed your mind with things that are consistent with whom you aim to be over the next 100 days.
Fine-Tune Your Finances
14. Create a budget and track what you spend over the 100-day period.
15. Research money-saving tips on the Internet and use them over the 100 days.
16. Use paper money to pay over the 100 days. Put all the change into a jar to see what you’ll save.
17. Avoid buying anything you don’t need over the 100-day period. Use the money you save toward one of the following: paying down debt; adding to an emergency fund; or setting aside money to invest.
18. Spend an hour each day over the next 100 days on creating a passive income source.
Control your time
19. Take a notebook everywhere for the next 100 days to keep your mind free of clutter. Record everything you need or want to remember.
20. Spend five days tracking how you spend your time. Allot the percentages of your time you want to set aside for all of your regular activities each day. Stick to this time budget for the next 95 days.
21. Figure out what unimportant activity you can stop doing over the 100-day period. Spend time on a more important task instead.
22. Identify your top five time-wasters, and limit the time you’re going to spend on them daily for the next 100 days.
23. Stop multitasking and do one thing at a time over the next 100 days.
24. Plan your night the day prior during the entire 100-day period.
25. Do the top thing on your to-do list before anything else over the next 100 days.
26. Conduct a review of your week for the next 14 weeks. Look at what went wrong, what went right and what you got done.
27. Spend three minutes cleaning and organizing your work space for the next 100 days at each work day’s end.
28. List all your commitments and socials obligations over the next 100 days. Cross out anything that doesn’t help you move toward your goals or bring you joy.
29. Ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time?” each time you switch to a new activity over the 100-day period.
Heed Your Health
30. Reduce your calories by 175 calories per day over the next 100 days to lose about five pounds.
31. Eat five vegetable servings daily for the next 100 days.
32. Eat five fruit servings daily for the next 100 days.
33. Lose the unhealthy food you’re most tempted by for the next 100 days.
34. Eat from a smaller plate over the next 100 days to reduce your portion size.
35. Buy 100 percent natural juice instead of the types with added sugars over the next 100 days.
36. Drink water instead of carbonated beverages over the next 100 days.
37. Make a list of ten easy and healthy breakfast meals.
38. Make a list of ten easy and healthy lunch and dinner meals.
39. Make a list of ten easy and healthy snacks.
40. Use your healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack lists to plan your meals ahead of time over the next 14 weeks.
41. Keep a food log over the next 100 days to help you figure out where you’re going off your menu plan.
42. Get at least 20 minutes of exercise daily for the next 100 days.
43. Walk 10,000 steps daily over the next 100 days.
44. Post a weight chart in your bathroom. Keep track of your weight each week over the next 14 weeks.
45. Set a reminder to drink water throughout the day over the next 100 days.
46. Breathe, visualize or meditate each day for the next 100 days to keep your mind calm.
Rev Your Relationship
47. Write down something positive about your partner each day for the next 100 days.
48. Make a scrapbook of everything you and your partner do over the next 100 days. After the 100 days is up, give your partner the scrapbook and the positive list.
49. Pick three actions you’re going to take daily over the 100-day period to strengthen your relationship.
Stimulate Your Social Side
50. Make a connection with a new person daily over the next 100 days.
51. Associate with people you respect, admire and want to be like over the next 100 days.
52. Take a minute to think about your response if someone upsets you over the 100-day period.
53. Don’t pass any judgment until you’ve heard from both sides over the next 100 days.
54. Do one kind thing for someone daily over the next 100 days.
55. Give approval and praise to people who deserve it over the next 100 days.
56. Be an active listener for the next 100 days.
57. Be more empathetic for the next 100 days.
58. Stay present in your own life and avoid comparisons with others over the 100-day period.
59. Look for the best possible interpretations of others’ actions over the 100-day period.
60. Remind yourself that everyone is doing the best they can, over the next 100 days.