How’s your outlook on life going? If you’re less night owl, less early bird, and more some sort of permanently exhausted pigeon, don’t worry, you’re not alone. With so much negativity in the local Media, national media, and global media, you could be forgiven for losing your personal edge just by keeping up with what’s relevant – I mean, ask yourself, how many conversations these days are focused on inspirational or entertaining things, compared to how many conversations these days are focused on adversity and division? Perhaps it’s time to take a look at being mindful of our positivity levels, because life is here to be lived – so let’s live it!
1. Money ain’t the answer, but it sure knows where to find it.
We’re going to start with the one thing that we all know isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to happiness, and yet it seeps into and dominates all aspects of our lives: Money. John Lennon said all you need is love, but until they find some way of hooking love up to the national grid you’re going to need money if you want to keep to the lights on.
Perhaps you’re in a position where your monthly income more than covers your expenditure, and perhaps you spend your evenings making tough choices like Spain or France for a last minute getaway next week. For the rest of us, a little advice on how to spend and save better is needed – using Creditfix, for example, can help to lay all of your money woes out in front of you, giving you a new and calm perspective on your finances.
2 Create SMART Goals.
Buzz words are great aren’t they. They say “there’s probably some decent advice in here somewhere but I got paid to come up with an acronym so buckle up”. Kinda like Gwyneth Paltrow in a yoga pose advertising some new shampoo made from ice cream and glitter. It’s just how things are sold these days. So, what’s a SMART goal? It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.
The basic thinking is that if you want to feel like you’re on track to completing your goals, and if you want that contented feeling of accomplishment, you should outline your goal, track your progress, make sure your goal isn’t absurd given your circumstances, make sure your goal fits with your lifestyle so you won’t abandon it, and give yourself a timeframe. Do all that, and you could be amazed at how quickly your to-do list becomes your done-and-dusted list.
3. Nothing good ever came from disarray.
Whatever you want to do in life, whatever your calling or even just your new obsession, make physical space in your life for it.
Writing a book? You need a dedicated desk. Getting into music? You need a set space in your home to do so. Bakers need kitchens, swimmers need pools, gardeners need gardens. Whatever it is that you love, make space for it. This sanctum will help to bring you happiness.