Self-Improvement Tips – Part 3

By JOHNNY CARCIOPPOLO / Community Columnist

We are now in week 3 and are reviewing tips 13–20 of 30 Self-Improvement tips. We will finish this series next week.

  1. Laugh it off. Have you ever started your day by tripping over something, losing your car keys or finding that the raccoons knocked over your garbage pail? Rather than get upset, laugh it off as life stuff or sing a favorite song. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. Smile a little. Smiling releases serotonin. When something goes wrong or someone irritates you, smile about it. You will instantly feel better for being positive and you may help lift their bad mood too.
  3. Be the person you envision. If you are seeking a mate in life or even if you want to attract more success – be the person that you envision successfully reaching those goals. Be someone who sets goals, takes risks and faces challenges with grace. While hard at first, the more you practice, the closer you will be to becoming that successful person.
  4. Time to get organized. Set up a filing system, get a calendar and keep it updated, throw out your unnecessary junk. Once the initial work is done, all you have to do is maintain the organized systems. Don’t want to do it yourself? Pay someone to do it for you.
  5. Time chunk. Chunk your time into sections and give yourself an allotted time frame for whatever you are doing and stick to it. Have you ever started cleaning out a closet in the bedroom and somehow found yourself cleaning the kitchen only to return to the bedroom and it’s still a mess? You’re not alone. Give yourself 30 minutes to clean out a closet and then when the time is up, move on to the next chore. Do this at work and at home and you’ll find you get a lot more accomplished each day.
  6. Use your cell phone. Use your timer on your cell phone to time your tasks whether it is running errands or cleaning or making phone calls. Knowing how long you generally spend on these tasks can help you see where you can make improvements which will reduce the stress in your life.
  7. Use technology. Use your cell phone for reminders on your calendar. Set up your bills to be automatically paid each month. Research online ahead of time where you’ll get the best deals before going shopping. Don’t be embarrassed or think you are failing at remembering. Instead consider it not having to worry about remembering because it’s done for you.
  8. Get an app. There is an app for everything today from traveling to banking. When you are on the train or waiting in line at the store, you can get things done that would normally have to wait for lunch hour or days off.