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7 Tiny Changes To Make Your Life Better This Week

One step at a time.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Read this great hashtag.

Emerald Street is a great daily newsletter – you should sign up! – and they asked their readers to submit one "small good thing" that cheered them up. It's a delight to read.

2. If you have 5 minutes: Take a screen break.

I understand the irony of encouraging you to take a screen break, when you're probably reading this on your phone. But during the week, try and get up and away from a screen at least once an hour. It might mean you're walking a strange little circle around the office, or to the loos and back, but it really helps with your concentration.

3. If you have 10 minutes: Get some career advice.

I like Ask a Manager for good solid advice and to vicariously live through some nightmarish work situations. I love the relaxed nature of these medium posts about management, and this is a great interview with someone who started at the bottom and worked her way to the top of her industry.

If you're the kind that prefers to get advice IRL, why not go for a coffee with a work pal and discuss something that's annoying you?

BTW, the above print is by one of my favourite illustrators, Fuchsia MacAree.

4. If you have 15 minutes: Read this excellent piece about what to do when you're blue.

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If you're feeling down, sometimes it's hard to think about what might help: Options that would be reasonable when you're well seem overwhelming when you're not.

This article from Dazed is down to earth and practical, and good advice for all rainy days and Mondays.

5. If you have 20 minutes: Get off a stop early.

Walk for a lil' bit! Or if you're in a city that has public bikes, such as London, sign up and zip around the place.

"I've been taking a Boris bike instead of the bus/tube if at all possible – most places I want to go are less than 30 minutes away (which means there's no extra costs) and it often takes the same time as it would using public transport anyway. So it's a triple whammy: cheaper, healthier, and a great way to see more of the city, even if it's the bits you usually go past! The other thing about using the city bikes is that there's no maintenance – if you get a puncture, just park it up and forget about it!" – Jordan Ballantine

6. If you have 30 minutes: Swap a book with a friend.

One of my favourite ways of finding new books to read is by asking friends and family. For example, my brother loaned me The Bees recently and it's so good! Ask your bestie to lend you a book, and you won't be disappointed.

If you prefer to find your reccs online, then Goodreads is a great place to start.

7. If you have 30 seconds: Google "dogs in bow ties".

Pure joy.

Pure joy.