1. DON’T WORRY IN YOUR HEAD
Why: Writing things down forces you to order your thoughts, and means you unload and process things.
How: Find a regular place to jot down a daily ‘worry list’ or ‘dump pad’. In bullet points, simply list the things you’ve been going over in your head.
2. START A DAILY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Why: Making a habit of noticing the good helps break our natural ‘negativity bias’ and helps us to scour the world for good things, opportunities and builds emotional reserves for when we struggle.
How: Find a notebook, calendar or piece of paper, write up the dates for the month, and 3 more columns so you can write down three good things you either saw, did or felt happy to have in your life. Do it with a child or partner so you can talk through your wins and get double the inspiration.
3. SET THREE DIMENSIONAL TASKS & GOALS
Why: Add ‘significance’ to your to-do list so that what you do aligns with what’s important in your life.
How: Rather than just focusing on whether something is urgent or important, learn to think of how meaningful something is over the long-term regarding your health, relationships, or values.
4. WRITE GRATITUDE CARDS OR LETTERS
Why: Sometimes its hard to say what we really mean, and other times, people say things just to flatter us. Something written is real.
How: Make a list of 3 people in your life who you truly value and appreciate. Schedule a time in your calendar to write by hand on a nice piece of paper why they mean something to you. Send it.
5. IDENTIFY YOUR CORE LIFE VALUES
Why: Defining your values helps you say ‘no’ to frivolous things, helps you avoid bad choices, reduces FOMO and regret, and is the first step to setting the right goals.
How: Find 30 minutes, get a piece of paper, and write down what is important to you, the things you love doing, the kind of person you want to be and the things you want out of life.