1. Find a “third space” that makes you happy.
“We need more than just work and home. It’s nice to have extra places (coffee shop, gym, nice park, library) when you leave work but don’t necessarily want to hang at home. Plus, if you make yourself a regular at certain places, you’ll usually bump into the same people. It’s a great feeling to have a friendly face recognise you.” – Annalyse Cordon, Facebook
6. Make time every day to do something to make you smile.
“I love knitting, and not only does it make me happy, it helps to relax and rejuvenate my mind so I can accomplish everything I want to during the day.” – Carolyn Balparda, Facebook
7. Spend time in the mornings setting yourself up for the day.
“I really got into makeup this year and started switching up my regular routine. The me time in the morning is really special. I sit in my bed facing the window, listen to a podcast, and spend some quiet time with myself.” – Taylor Stuck, Facebook
8. Embrace loose-leaf tea.
“It sounds silly, but I love taking the time to measure out the tea, boil the water, steep it in the tea pot, and drink it. It’s a nice 20 minutes that I have for myself to clear my mind and enjoy a quiet moment in the morning. Plus it wakes my mind up so I’m alert when I get in the car and go to work.” – Elise Haverstick, Facebook
9. Allocate yourself guilt-free days off to just do nothing.
“I have found that if I am dreading something, I am either too tired to do it or I’m unprepared. So taking time to rest or finish is more effective than ‘powering through’. I end up feeling better and being more effective at the same time, so win-win.” – Wynne Hurly Reed, Facebook
11. Face your fears.
“I started facing my fears this year because I was forced into a situation where I had to be really assertive and confrontational. And it wasn’t so bad. So I decided to face them all: I started doing boxing, going to the shooting range, saying no, public speaking. I’m excited for this year!” – claudiaa4f243b4b9
13. Put pen to paper.
“I took up bullet journalling in June of this year, and it has seriously improved my personal productivity. I’m a very visual person, and the satisfaction of a physical list I can cross my to-dos off of is unparalleled. That satisfaction really motivates me to get things done.” – laurab132
You can find out more about how to keep a bullet journal here.
14. Exercise in the morning.
“I used to go to the gym in the evenings after work, and it was so easy to cancel because I was tired. Now I wake up an hour earlier and get it done before starting my day, and I don’t have to think about it. I’ve never regretted getting up early to work out. Even if I just take time to go for a short walk, it really improves the rest of my day.” – Jemima Skelley
15. Keep a list of things that make you happy.
“I keep a list of little things like comments, good experiences, and conversations that have made me happy in the notes on my phone. Whenever I’m feeling kind of sad or just cranky, I look through the list. It always makes me smile and remember why I have so much to be grateful for.” –lilyc46e7f0c64
16. Enjoy the sun.
“I think the easiest way to make my life better is simply by having a cup of coffee near sunlight. Whether it’s sitting in my living room with the sun shining through the window or sitting on the porch, or even on a bench with a takeaway coffee. It’s the little things.” – emmar4a03735a5
18. Craft yourself a to-do list.
“For recurring tasks that have to be done daily/weekly/monthly, I design a cute checklist on Canva that matches my office decor and laminate it so that I can check items off with a dry-erase marker rather than having an ugly whiteboard up!” – addeyt