We invest our time, money, resources, and energy into things we believe are going to better us as human-beings, to help other people, or to better ourselves and loved ones for the future- financially and medically. Almost never can we just sit back do nothing- wait for someone else to make the right move for us. That’s not how it works in this world. How you choose to spend your time, money, and energy is completely up to you.
As the daughter of a wise business man, I am quite familiar with what it means to make good and bad investments. I have made my own share of terrible ones, let it be known, but I have always made some awesome investments that improved the quality of my life and those who I love and respect.
Deciding what and how much of something you should invest in goes beyond the dollar sign; but it certainly all ties in together. Money is not the only thing we use as an investment. A few of the more important currencies are time, energy, and the contribution to our health and wellness.
When you take a step back and look at everything you do, what you spend time, energy, and money on, what all do you see?
In life, we must be careful to make the right moves and prevent us from looking back later in life and regretting the investments we made when we were younger. To help you, I created this list of 14 Daily Investments You Should Make to Improve Your Quality of Life before you make your next move.
1. Be an early bird.
Wake up with the sun. We experience so much more when we wake up early and get a fresh start to the day. Some of the most successful people in the world and throughout history were early risers. Go to sleep at a decent hour to ensure you will get 7-8 hours of sleep. Crack your blinds just a tiny bit to get enough light in the morning as the sun comes up. Set an alarm for 5:30 am or 6:30 am.
2. Exercise for 20-30 minutes a day.
Join a gym, go for a walk, take a hike, go swimming, practice yoga in your living room, or pick up hand weights and do 5 sets of 10 lifts.
3. Pay attention to the those who help take care of you.
Notice I didn’t say people, your pets need love too. When your family calls, pick up the phone. When a friend needs your help with something or just needs to be heard, do your best to be there for them. This doesn’t mean you need to give up the rest of your afternoon or neglect important responsibilities, but it does not take much to be a good friend. My dad has always said, “You have to be a good friend to have a good friend.” Makes sense right?!
4. Read for 10-20 minutes a day.
There are so many benefits to reading. Some of which include: mental stimulation, stress reliever, a vast improvement in your memory, and an expansion of your vocabulary (which always helps in conversation and business correspondences).
5. A hefty dose of vitamin D
Most stores carry supplements you can purchase to help increase your daily intake of vitamin D. A more affordable option is to step outside and be under the sun for at least 10 minutes. Either way, be sure you are getting enough vitamin D. It is essential to your health and well-being.
6. Write down all of your short and long-term goals.
One of the best things you can do before your day begins is write down the top 3-5 tasks you need or want to get done within the next 24 hours. Make this a daily habit. You can do it before you go to sleep and plan your future endeavors, or when you wake up and have a nice cup of coffee outside amongst the chirpy birds and wildlife .
7. Learn something new.
Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. There are so many resources out there that we can use to find the answers to all those questions than pop into our minds. Even if it’s something simple, when you start to feel your curiosity lighting up- seek for answers.
8. Learn to say “no”.
Don’t let anyone disrespect your time; it is all too valuable just give away. Think before you agree to attending a party or any type of gathering. Hold on to your time and only give it out when the you feel it’s appropriate.
Don’t lend out money you don’t feel comfortable lending out to someone just because a friend or family member is pressuring you into it. Tell yourself no when you are leaning towards a purchase you don’t need and can’t afford.
Practice saying “no” as much as you say “yes”.
9. Be sure you’re caught up on your monthly bills and finances.
It doesn’t hurt to check your bank account(s) every day or every few days to make sure you’re not spending too much in any given period of time, and all of your expenses are being paid on a regular basis. Too many people let this slide and slack on their personal fiances which leads to poor credit, and a lousy way to live. Take care of your financial responsibilities. It is your duty.
10. Work towards creating additional income.
Creating additional income means putting in more time and energy into something other than your regular salary. It means getting off your butt and doing something that truly interests you. There are several things you can do to earn additional income to help provide a better life for you and your family.
11. Eat and drink healthy.
What you put into your body determines how you feel throughout the day. It’s also quite vital to your health. Skip those fast-food restaurants. Fix you and your family something nutritious to eat. When you head out to the grocery, also keep a list of only the essentials so you don’t over-spend and purchase things you don’t need.
Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
12. Spend time doing what you love.
There is nothing wrong with taking time out of your day to do an activity or hobby that brings you peace, joy, and happiness. Life is short. Do what makes you happy.
Disclaimer: Over-indulging and participating in reckless behavior is not advised.
13. Tidy up your car and house.
Get rid of clutter. Vacuum, open some windows, light a candle and throw in a light load of laundry. Also, recycle those plastic water bottles you have sitting in your car and shake out your dirty floor mats. Every little bit helps.
14. Surround yourself with people who are upbeat, positive, and make you laugh.
Time is limited. We’ve gone over this already but OMG, whatever you do, don’t waste it being consumed by other people’s negative energy. This is just straight up bad news. Negative energy is as toxic and contagious as the common cold.
If you are alone and find yourself thinking negatively about a person , situaiton, or maybe about yourself- kick it out, so far out of your mind that you forget what you were even thinking about.
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