Your life is made up of so much more than just exercise.
Even if you choose – and are able – to workout 3 hours a day, there’s still 21 hours full of other responsibilities and passions, including your occupation, family and friends, hobbies and other interests. That’s a lot of stuff!
We choose to train and exercise regularly to support all these other commitments and pursuits. We work on being fit and capable, to make us better for the things that matter most.
Last year, we shared 42 tips to help you with all things training and fitness related. Today, we’ll share 34 more, but this time, we’ll give our thoughts on improving and making the most of what happens in the rest of our daily lives.
Here’s 34 the things we’ve found to be really helpful in managing and optimizing all those other activities and interests. We hope they’ll help you too.
5 Ways to Spend Your Money Wisely
GMB is all about quality. You see it in our tutorials, and you see it in our frequent product updates. Here’s some ideas for seeking out quality in other aspects of your life:
- Don’t skimp on quality. This goes for almost anything you purchase – food, clothes, fitness coaching… It ends up being more expensive to buy the cheap stuff.
- Try and make the time to cook dinner at home whenever you can. Do what you can to have everyone that lives with you sit down together for it.
- There’s a lot of talk about treating “food as fuel.” Well, that’s silly. Does that mean that if you had a paste that provided all the nutrients you need, that’d you’d be fine eating that 3 times a day? Eating has always been more than just sustenance; it’s part of our social nature. Take time to enjoy your food and the people you share it with.
- Whenever possible, shop at local stores. Support your community, and go for locally owned and operated businesses when available.
- For things you can’t find locally, Amazon Prime is worth every penny. It takes a lot of the stress out of shopping. (And no, we don’t get any money for saying that).
11 Ways to Communicate More Effectively for Positive Relationships
Humans are social animals, so learning to get along with others makes a big difference in our success and happiness. We’ll admit that we’re still learning here, but the following ideas have proven valuable:
- Learn to be honest without being obnoxious.
- When engaging in dialogue, always ask yourself what the other person is really after. It’s almost never what they are actually saying. It’s not that everyone has a hidden agenda. It’s that they often don’t really know themselves or the best way to say it.
- Know what you want to achieve before trying to achieve it. Make time to educate yourself and be specific about your goals before launching into a half-cocked plan.
- Write concise emails and remember to address the “WIIFM” (What’s in it for me?) factor.
- Don’t talk trash online. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t type that @##%.
- Posture and body language convey much more than words. Start understanding how you come across (notice your own posture) and you’ll be a better communicator.
- The things that annoy you about others are almost always things you are ashamed of in yourself.
- Guilt isn’t helpful, but neither is ignoring that what you did wasn’t useful for you and other people. Apologize when you mess up, and appreciate others when they step up to the plate.
- Resist the urge to compete all the time.
- Show genuine interest in other people (if you can’t be genuinely interested, why the hell are you talking to them in the first place?). Try not to talk much about yourself unless asked (it makes people want to know more).
- Learn to at least fake extroversion sometimes, even if it doesn’t come naturally to you.
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5 Tips for Being Productive at Work
Getting things done and getting them done right means you can devote what’s left of your time and energy to things you love doing.
- If possible, set regular times to check your email, rather than having it open all day.
- Start each day by outlining what you need to get done, and get the most important stuff done first.
- Know what time of day your focus kicks in, and plan around using it to the fullest.
- Take breaks to stand, stretch, and rest your eyes.
- Set a timer for 30-45 minutes and work on just one thing for that time. Single tasking is a great skill to develop.
5 Ideas for Giving Yourself Time to Relax
Ultimately, you’re no good to anybody if you’re too stressed out to function. Here’s how we stay (relatively) chill:
- Don’t take your phone into the bedroom.
- Take time off – really, it’s not that hard.
- It can become a habit to never be alone, and texting on the phone and messaging on the computer is not being alone. Take at least 10 minutes out of the day to sit “with yourself.”
- Be imperfect. Run with it.
- If you drink, don’t just get the cheapest swill. Learn about how beer is made and try different things. Develop a taste for finer (expensive) things. Buy less quantity and savor the quality.
8 Reading Suggestions for Being An Interesting, Well-Rounded Person
The following will simply make you a better person:
- Read great books. Here’s a few we recommend, but don’t limit your reading to one topic either.
- Read things written by people you don’t agree with. Try and learn from them, because they’re probably not smart enough to be wrong all the time. Try to find what they’re right about while looking deeper into why you disagree.
- Be careful whom you believe. Look for biases and credibility.
- When reading non-fiction, have an agenda for what you want to learn.
- For fiction, slow down and savor the sounds of the dialogue.
- If you don’t know how to appreciate poetry, learn.
- If you are having a difficult time with a book, don’t be afraid to skim through until you hit something that grabs you.
- Use dictionaries often and thesauri seldom. The former are for learning what words mean, while the latter tend to be a substitute for expanding your vocabulary.
Remember What’s Most Important to You
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with all the various responsibilities and obligations we have in our lives. And some days you just need to put your head down and get through it. But I hope that not every day is like that for you.
I feel that living a life without some time to reflect and work on improving yourself and your relationship to the world is not the the way we are supposed to be.
Critical thinking about the way we comport ourselves and how to improve and grow is at the heart of a good life.
We’ve compiled these tips and observations from our experiences in our careers and our families, and also from the great teachers, friends, and colleagues that we’ve had through the years. We know that some may not be as appropriate for you and others will be spot on. That’s the nature of talking to such a wide group of people.
But what all of this advice has in common, is a never-ending desire to make the most of everything we can in our lives. And that’s the best we can do.
Positive change comes about through a succession of small actions, so choose two or three tips to start with, stick with them, and when those are cemented in your routine, you can begin to add more. Just as in fitness, progressive consistent work is how you’ll improve your life.