Engage in a Hobby

Engage in a Hobby

Actively engage in a hobby, don’t passively sit on the couch.

Most of us seek unscheduled free time for our leisure but given your brain’s lazy nature, research says you’re likely to waste that time doing what’s easy vs what’s really fun.

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Time Management

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Have a “Shutdown Ritual”

Although the workday is over, your mind is still going strong. You gotta get your brain out of “work mode” to relax.

A simple ritual can help: Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.

Something To Look Forward To

People who devote time to anticipating fun experiences are happier.

Schedule a meal with a friend or designate a time the next day to indulge yourself with something simple that you love to do. Then be excited about it. 

How Your Brain Remembers

What we remember about the pleasurable quality of our past experiences is almost entirely determined by 2 things: the emotional peak and the end.

So try to structure your days so that the ending is awesome using evening rituals.

Write Down The Good Stuff

... that happened during the day

Set aside 10 minutes before you go to sleep. Write down 3 things that went well today and why they went well. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now.

Wind Down, Don’t Collapse

Dim the lights and turn off all screens at least an hour before bed.

10 minutes of a smartphone in front of your nose is about the equivalent of an hour long walk in bright daylight. Imagine going for an hour long walk in bright daylight and then thinking, “Now I’ll get some sleep.” It's probably not going to happen.

Make Peace With Your Partner

Don't go to bed angry with your partner.

The end of the day means the end of hostilities, the recognition that the underlying shared values and commitment to the relationship trump the need for one last dig or self-righteous justification.

Turn Weeknights Into Weekends

Weekends are great because we get to spend our time the way we enjoy most.

Spend 2 hours with friends or family and you just turned a dull Tuesday night into a happy Saturday.

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Belonging To A group

Quickest way to add meaning to your life is to see your group of people more often. 

Not part of a group? Join one. No groups to join? Start one. It’s as easy as texting people to get together regularly around a common interest.

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Morning routines

Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective:

  • It gets you started and sets the tone for the upcoming day;
  • They take place in the most consistent part of the day - mornings are usually quiet, with fewer social obligations.

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