6 things that you can do today that will change your tomorrow
Get your inbox down to zero
This is one of those great tips I learned from the GTD guys, and I always feel much better about life when I manage to do it. The idea is to get all of the email out of your inbox, so you have zero emails in there. That’s right, zero! You take each email and do something with it (try the Do, Defer (add to your task list or calendar), Delegate (add to your delegated task list), Delete idea). I’ve tried all kinds of task managers over the years, and Things is the one I use the most – and can recommend it, although Asana has it our top spot in recent weeks as it allows for great team collaboration.
Turn your email off
One of the best things you can do is have it so you don’t have email automatically sent (or pushed) to your devices, it will free you from the evil email overlord. Manually check your email 1 to 2 times per day. If you are not used to this, you will get the shakes as you withdraw from your email addiction, but you will have so much more time. If you use Outlook and other programmes where email is automatically checked, shut it down and only open it twice a day.Go on, I dare you to see if you can do it.
Change the sheets on your bed
I love getting into a bed with fresh sheets and covers, there are few things in life that feel as good as this. If it were practical, I would do this every day! According to a survey done by Sheila’s Wheels (yes, the Car Insurance company), half-a-million Brits was their sheets only 3 times a year! That’s just wrong. Change them and have a great night’s sleep tonight – you will feel better tomorrow, especially if you have a shower before you get in to bed.
Plan a memory making moment
OK, it is hard for me to admit this, but the wife and I watched Hitch the other night, a perfectly acceptable cheesy flick that took no emotional energy watch – something that we both needed. In the movie, Hitch quotes:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
So plan one of those moments, and take your camera with you. If you are with people you care about, try leaving your phone at home too.
Be generous and give something away
Make sure that what you give is good stuff too, whether it is money, time or even a compliment to someone. Write the note, make the bank transfer, book the train tickets, pick up the phone or just have fun with a random act of kindness. According to the book 59 Seconds to Happiness, Dr Richard Wiseman tells us that retail therapy is much better for our happiness, if we buy something for someone else:
Time and again studies show that those who spend a higher percentage of their income on others were far happier than those whose spent it on themselves.
Quit counting calories
Studies have shown that simply reducing the amount of calories you eat will do nothing more than shut down your metabolism as well as make you feel pants. Not all calories are equal, so what’s important is what type of calories you eat. Fat is not necessarily fattening either. Nuts, for example, contain a lot of fat – but the fat is good fat and will help you loose weight. Low fat, high carb “healthy”" snacks actually have the opposite effect. So stop counting calories, and change what calories you eat to feel healthy and loose weight. Want to know more, check out Dr John Briffa’s book: Escape the Diet Trap or even see my video interview with with Dr John Briffa