to Improving Your Living
By John Richardson for
1. Take A Different Route To
Work: See something new, turn a different
corner, and see a different neighborhood. They say
that variety is the spice of life and taking a new
route actually stimulates your brain. Researchers
find that doing this routinely helps the mind stay
active and actually helps it learn and remember better.
2. Walking: Turn your walk into
an effective interval aerobic workout. When walking
outside on the street, walk to the first light pole,
then run or jog to the second. Again walk to the third
and run to the fourth. Keep this interval up and you’ll
keep your heart rate up with a minimal impact on your
body. You’ll burn 30-40% more calories with
this simple twist.
3. Reduce Caffeine: Next time
you go to Starbucks or other coffee shop order a half-caff
instead of a full strength coffee. After a few more
trips order a third-caff and continue that for a few
days. Finally wean yourself to straight decaff. This
will allow you to get off caffeine without the usual
headaches. Tuning your caffeine intake is a good thing
to do every few months.
4. Reduce Carbs & Calories:
One of the easiest ways to reduce both carbohydrates
and calories at a meal is to eat your sandwich or
burger open-faced. Just remove the top bun with all
the high calorie mayo and throw it away (or take it
home for your dog). Enjoy your burger open faced or
bend the bottom bun in half and make a burger “taco”
or “gyro.” You’ll reduce about 1/3
of your calories and actually have a tastier sandwich.
5. Get Up Earlier: Set your
alarm clock 15 minutes earlier tonight and enjoy more
productivity tomorrow. As the days go by, slowly set
the alarm clock earlier and earlier in 5 minute increments.
You’ll soon find you have an extra hour to get
6. Set Goals Today: Download
our free goal setting toolkit and write down some
achievable short and long term goals Today. Don’t
wait until tomorrow… tomorrow never comes (when
it does come it’s actually called today). Keep
these cards on your desk or in your car where you’ll
see them on a daily basis. You’ll soon find
that the act of writing them down is probably the
hardest thing you’ll have to do to achieve them.
7. Drink More Water: When you
get up tomorrow morning, start the day with a large
glass of water. Have another large glass with each
meal throughout the day. This will give you at least
four glasses per day out of the recommended eight.
Adding more water to your diet will help you naturally
lose weight and you’ll feel better if you are
8. Call A Friend: Download our
deliberate actions card-set and print out a page on
Avery business card stock. Break the cards apart and
write down a few names on the individual cards. Make
a deliberate goal to take action on one of them today.
The easiest is the phone call or e-mail card. Pick
someone you haven’t talked to in a while. You’ll
be amazed how this simple action will make your day.
9. Play The Productivity Game:
If you are trying to get things done around the house
you might find it helpful to play the productivity
game with a spouse or other family member. Put some
money on the line and let them draw a card. In fifty
minutes you’ll see some real progress. It’s
a fast and fun way to get going on a lazy Saturday
10. Weightlifting: If you do
weight training as part of your regular exercise routine
try this little trick next time you work-out. Count
one to five on the upward stroke and one to five down.
This motion keep you going smoothly and slowly. You’ll
find you get a lot more workout for your time spent.