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36 Little Things That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

A little change can make a big difference.

1. Keep your keys and your wallet in the shoes you’ll wear the next day.

That way if you switch bags or pants pockets, you won’t forget them. You can also get this free printable to hang near your door as a reminder.

2. Or, just buy this rug:

Get it here. Dog not included.

3. Put a treat on your actual grocery list.

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You’re less likely to impulse buy seven bags of chips if you’ve already planned to treat yourself to something yummy.

4. Put fun (and funny) things on your to-do list.

It will make your impending tasks seem less tedious and also ensure that you make time in your busy schedule for a little fun. Plus, who doesn’t love crossing one more thing off their list when they are done?

5. Keep a running “Ta-Da” list of things you’ve accomplished.

Instead of things you still have to do, make a list of things you’ve already done toward a specific goal and add to it every day.

6. Grate butter onto your toast instead of spreading it.

No more ripped bread.

7. Buy a sponge holder.

Not that anything will make you enjoy doing dishes a whole lot more, but not having to touch a slimy, cold, wet sponge is a good start. Get one here.

8. Wrap your headphones in a figure eight so they won’t get tangled in your pocket or bag.

9. Use a nonsense word for all your security questions.

No one can prove that your Mom’s maiden name, your first pet, and the street you grew up on weren’t all “Snaggle Bread.” It’s a lot easier to remember one random phrase than which street and which capitalization you used.

10. Leave $10 in your coat pocket and forget about it.

When you find it later, you’ll be excited. It’s an investment in the mood of future you.

11. Keep a roll of quarters in your glove compartment.

That way you’ll never get caught empty-handed at a meter.

12. Have money transferred directly into your savings from your paycheck.

Even if it’s just $20 at a time, it adds up. And then you won’t have to worry about making the conscious decision to forgo that night out to save money.

13. Before you get in a taxi, take a picture of the license plate.

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That way if you leave something in it, you’ll have an easier time tracking it down.

14. Keep scissors in every room.

They’re cheap. They’re small. And you’ll never have to walk all the way to the other room to snip that annoying tag off your shirt.

15. Exercise right before a date or an important interview.

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It gets your endorphins going and cuts down on nerves. Obviously you should leave enough time to shower in between.

16. Put something you like on your wall.

Either in your bedroom or at your desk, just find an image or a postcard or anything that makes you happy to look at. It doesn’t have to be fancy or even framed, just stick it up and improve your day.

17. Change your sheets.

There’s nothing like some fresh clean sheets to make you feel pampered. Better yet, own more than one pair of sheets so you can do this even if one set is still dirty.

18. Find something you like in every room.

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When you go into a space, whether it’s somewhere you go every day or somewhere you’ve never been, find at least one thing that you like, something that is pretty or useful or funny.

19. Do one of your favorite childhood activities.

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Get some friends to play a board game with you. Recall the days when you didn’t have anything better to do than play freeze tag. If you’re feeling brave, you could even turn it into a drinking game.

20. Read a book.

Instead of looking at your phone until you fall asleep, take your eyes off screens for the last few minutes of your day and read an IRL book. It’s been proven to make you sleep better.

21. Know the length of your hand so you can measure just about anything.

If your hand from palm to middle finger is 8 inches, you can accurately estimate the measurement without having to do this useless trick.

22. Take a different route.

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Whether you’re walking or driving, try taking a different route to get to work or home. It will make you feel like things aren’t so stagnant, and it’s also been shown to improve memory and brain function.

23. Write something.

Not on your phone, on paper. Write a note to someone or write a list or write a poem. It can improve memory and mood.

24. Buy someone a gift for no reason.

Even something small like a coffee or some flowers that will brighten someone’s day will also brighten yours.

25. Organize something.

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A drawer, your medicine cabinet, your purse. If you get in the habit of cleaning out one small thing a day, your whole life will be organized before you know it.

26. Color code your keys with nail polish.

You’ll never be fumbling for which key is which. This also works to turn old keys into cool jewelry.

27. Color code the top of your notebooks with highlighter.

That way when you look into your bag or backpack, you’ll know which one to pull out.

28. Instead of scrubbing dirty pots, boil them with soap and water.

The stuck food will come right off.

29. Put a puppy pad in the bottom of your trashcan under the bag.

No more gross wet trash slime every time your bag leaks.

30. Use at least three words in a text message.

It’s harder to accidentally sound mean or angry when you use a few extra words.

31. Walk with your toes pointed up in the dark so you don’t stub them.

Mischief managed.

32. Drink water as soon as you wake up.

After sleeping your body is almost always dehydrated and it only gets worse as the day goes on. Starting your day with water even before coffee can also improve skin, mood, and health.

33. Ask someone you respect out for coffee.

It doesn’t need to be someone you have a formal mentor relationship with, just anyone whose life or career or energy you admire. Don’t ask them for a job, just talk. Ask them about themselves. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from a casual conversation.

34. Get eight hours of sleep (or more!)

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Staying up late has its benefits, but getting eight or more hours of sleep can be worth whatever crappy late-night TV you’ll be missing.

35. Always leave a tip.

Unless it’s your mom, the person pouring your coffee isn’t doing it just because they love you. Even if you’re just getting coffee or takeout, it’s a good habit to leave a little something.

36. Put your clothes on right out of the dryer.

It’s like a hug. From yourself.

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