January's "fresh start" may be getting stale. Continue to make the most of 2013 by focusing on
five simple steps to reinvigorate your daily routine.
Self-help books top the bestseller lists year
in and year out: people love advice on overhauling certain aspects of their
lives. Yet, too many of us dive into a book yet fail to affect real change.
This year, start with manageable change by practicing five simple steps every
day. When your to-do list is miles long, some items never get crossed off. Five
items? Well, that's doable.
Get Up Earlier
Not enough hours in the day to achieve your
goals? Get up earlier each day. Even an extra 15 minutes can make a huge
difference. Use the time to stretch or do simple exercises, to move quickly
through a stack of bills or to write in a journal each morning. As you slowly
start to achieve results, you may be motivated to add even more time to your
morning routine. Carving out sacred space each day to work on yourself is
reenergizing; you will notice all areas of your life benefit.
Your mother was right. Exercise is good for
the body and mind, so work some booty-moving mojo into your daily routine. No
time for the gym? Reinvigorate your fitness routine in as little as 15 minutes.
Health Magazine has a series of 15-minute workouts that
you can mix up weekly, to target different areas of the body. You can even work
fitness into your work routine with five simple
exercises to do at your desk. Yep, you read that right. Push-ups, leg
lifts, simple stretches, even simulated jump roping are all possible, right in
your very own office. What are you waiting for? Time to try those desk chair
Tired of mounting debt and miniscule savings?
Smart finances need to be a daily choice. Commit each day to trimming your
overhead and socking away the savings. Cost-cutting ideas include buying
generic goods and comparison shopping for insurance plans. Other money saving
ideas can be found in 5 Simple Ways to Cut Your
Spending and Still Enjoy Your Life! Tips include canceling
unused subscriptions and limiting window shopping (and its online equivalent,
window surfing) to prevent impulse buys.
Finally, focus on small moments of happiness
each and every day. When you spend time connecting with family or friends, when
you share a smile or a laugh with a colleague or client, when you do a good
deed for a stranger or a close friend, you reap contentment and tremendous
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.