12 Things to do for a Better Day

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If you have been struggling with getting through the day because of stress, or you have been feeling overwhelmed with life altogether, keep on reading. I’m sharing 12 things you can do every day for a better, more blissful day.

1| Be prepared

Your outfit is set out, along with your meals for the day, and your bag is packed by the door ready to go. The more you prepare the night before, the less you’ll stress in the morning while you’re getting ready. Take a little time to make your lunch and get your breakfast planned, and pick your outfit. You’ll thank me for this one in the long run.

2| Make your bed

There are two types of people: people who make their beds and unhappy people. I’m serious when I say that there’s nothing better than getting into a fresh bed after a long day. Take two minutes to make your bed in the morning. It brings your entire room together and keeps the space looking clean.

3| Drink water immediately

I keep a water bottle next to my bed so that the first thing I do is drink water. Even if you’re not a morning person, water will hydrate you and get your body and mind moving more quickly with little effort. You’ll feel yourself wake up naturally and you’ll feel a little happier before the day begins.

4| Enjoy your breakfast/coffee at home

Don’t skip breakfast. Allow yourself enough time to have coffee and something for breakfast, and have it at home. Don’t pick up breakfast sandwiches and coffee from Dunkin Donuts. You’re spending unnecessary money, and having breakfast sandwiches or bagels everyday isn’t good for your body altogether.

5| Tackle your biggest task first

Skip the email check and morning chit-chat with people in the office. Instead, focus on the big project, report or event you have to work on, and get that done. Then, you have the entire day ahead of you to work on all your other tasks, and the end of your work day will be smooth sailing.

6| Don’t buy your lunch

Another way people spend unnecessary money is by buying lunch every day. Let’s do some math. If you spend an average of $10 a day on lunch and multiply that by 260 (5 days a week for 52 weeks a year) that’s $2,600 you’re spending. You’ll save money, calories and time if you bring your lunch instead.

7| Detach yourself from work after 5 p.m.

This can be tough for some people, especially if you work in a field where people think you should be on the clock 24/7. Don’t read your emails, and don’t answer work calls or texts after 5 p.m. You deserve time for yourself. No, you’re not being selfish if you don’t respond to your boss because you weren’t created to work 24 hours a day. It can wait until tomorrow.

8| Get your 20-30 minutes in

Set aside time when you get a little active whether it’s yoga, walking, running, or Pilates. What’s great about this is that you can do so many activities that are fun and don’t feel like you’re working out. Find out what workouts are best for you, and incorporate them into your everyday routine. You’ll relieve stress and clear your head from the day.

9| Clean as you go

Instead of letting dishes pile up in the sink, wash them as you go throughout the day. When you take something out, put it back. You’ll be surprised how this little task can affect the entire cleanliness of your home. Then you don’t set an hour a day just for cleaning up because you’ve been working at it throughout the day.

10| Do a little self care every day

Keep a journal, take up a new hobby, put on a face masks and drink some wine. Whatever is it, make sure you’re giving yourself a little treat and time to unwind after a long day. You deserve to have time for self care in your daily routine even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day.

11| Write your to-do list for the next day

Take five minutes every night to plan out your day for the next day. Make sure to account for any meetings, appointments, plans with friends and family, etc. Outline what your day will look like, so you don’t stress about anything at night. You’ll feel relieved you did this small, but essential step for a blissful day.

12| Don’t get sucked into social media all night

When I sit and scroll on social media late at night, I have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Instead, I stop checking my phone after a certain time, and I prep my mind to go in sleep mode. It has done wonders for my sleep schedule, and it ends my day on a good note because let’s be honest, sleep is too important to overlook in your routine.

What tips would you add to this list? What tip do you need to work on? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • I have been working on starting my day with a big glass of water, and it has definitely improved my water intake each day! I find that starting this way helps me crave water more often, and who does not need more water?! Making my to-do list for the next day would definitely help me have better days and shut my mind off a bit. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • So happy you’re working on drinking more water! You’re right–when you have some when you wake up, you crave it more throughout the day!

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    Tuesdays are always my crazy mornings, so I’ve started making a note in my phone to shower on Monday nights, prepare my lunch and also get out my outfit to help them go smoother!

    • Yes! If you know you have a long, busy day ahead–make sure you have everything prepared the night before. This helps me so much with my morning routine.

  • gosh the social media suck is huge for me, mostly because social media is all I do, day in and day out!!

    • I think we all have those moments where we feel completely engulfed with social media. But it’s important to have social media breaks!

  • Great tips! I’ve been trying to get better about bringing my lunch into the office vs. eating out all the time. It gets expensive!

    • Yes! I never realized how much my coworkers spend on breakfast sandwiches/coffee for breakfast and lunch–it can get extremely expensive! So happy you’ve been working on bringing your own lunch.

  • Dia

    Wonderful tips. I think the ones I don’t do is making my bed (I’m horrible about this) and I normally eat at my desk cause I always feel a little nauseous if I eat before 9am. I also don’t check out of work at 5, but that’s because I get off at 5:30 and then at night work on my own blog and business. But I get what you mean about the mindset and leaving work at work. Starting the day with water just feels right. Like I wake up and my mouth is dry, the throat is type and I’m just like “Water!”
    Sharing this post.

    • Thank you for sharing this post, Dia! I appreciate it! I find that making my bed makes me feel better about my day because I know I’ll come home to a clean, made bed after a long day. I recommend trying it!

  • I HAVE to make my bed first thing in the morning. Otherwise the “clutter” of it drives me nuts and distracts me until it’s made. Plus, I find climbing into bed at the end of the day so much cozier when it’s been made first.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! I feel the same way when I make my bed each morning–it makes getting into bed at night MUCH more satisfying.

  • #5 is the mentality I use daily, otherwise I have that task just looming over my head all day. I like to tackle it head on and then move on to smaller tasks. Great tips!

    • Exactly! I couldn’t agree with you more on this, Cara! I always begin the day with my biggest project, and then the rest of my day is smooth sailing.

  • I laughed reading this because I am GUILTY of doing all the things you’re not supposed to do! I’m glad you wrote this, though, because I need to get better. I wake up too late, I scramble around in the morning to get out of the door in time, I work too late, I don’t exercise enough, I don’t drink enough water & I don’t connect enough on social media. Woops! Let’s just say I’m working on it 🙂 Good tips!

    • Girl, you aren’t the only one so don’t worry! It can be difficult because once you get used to the same routine–it is hard to break. But I promise preparing the night before will make your morning much easier and enjoyable.

  • Greta Hollar

    Drinking water is a huge thing! I definitely need to do more of that.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Between the coffees and other drinks, making sure you’re getting enough water is so important.

  • Kate

    Great ideas. Organized wife happy life.

  • Yes to all of these! Implementing these totally makes for a better day.

  • Awesome tips, as usual, Kiara! Love these!

  • These are really great tips! I reallyyyy need to work on #3! I’m so bad at it! x_x I love to-do lists and preparing everything the night before though–makes it so I can sleep in a bit more! 😛

    • Thank you, Farrah! To-do lists and preparing the night before is so important for me.

  • These are all such great tips! I have found that making my bed in the morning makes it easier to want to get in bed at night. It’s strange ha ha!

    • Thank you so much! I completely agree with you on making the bed each day!

  • Amanda

    I love this! Especially #7 – it’s so fascinating the amount of research that has been coming out about job satisfaction and productivity actually increasing when people work less! But it’s so tempting to keep checking emails/responding to problems/etc. Thanks for the list!

    • I completely understand where you’re coming from on this one. But it’s so important so detach from work at the end of the day.

  • Sarah Jean

    I make my bed every morning!

  • Oh man this is a great list. I am the worst at drinking water and making the best but you’re 1,000% right about it making a massive difference. I also fully agree about cutting work off after5/6pm. I think our generation has made life miserable and it’s affecting our health dramatically by thinking we’re on call 24/7.

    • YES! I’m with you about how our generation is constantly working and how they think they should be on call all the time. That’s simply not true. When you’re off the clock, you take your break from work altogether.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    The last one is so important. I could spend hours on social media. I’ve actually made an effort to limit myself and it has really made a difference! Thanks for sharing these!

    • I think we all could spend hours on social media, which is why I try hard to schedule time offline every day. Although it’s difficult with my job and blog, I still make an effort!

  • Amen to the last one!

    • Yes! Getting sucked into social media at night can be draining and ruin your productivity for the night.

  • All of these are so spot on. I always feel better when I get my little workout in and drinking water first thing always helps too. Great list 😊

    • Thank you so much; I appreciate it! Even a quick, 20-minute workout helps me feel better about my day!

  • These are fantastic tips! Some are things I need to add to my day!

    • Let me know if making these changes to your routine help improve your day!

  • Great tips! I do a lot of these every day for the most part. Unfortunately, though I do not disconnect from work at 5 o’clock. I work from home and set my schedule based off my husband’s work schedule. So my working hours greatly vary depending on the day. And 9 times out of 10, I’m in the middle of multiple projects by 5 o’clock lol but it works in our house since neither one of us work a normal 9-5 type of job.

    xo, Keating | Why Hello Lovely
    http://www.whyhellolovely.com

    • That’s completely understandable. As long as you’re detaching from your work at some point each day–regardless of what time you finish working–that’s the important part.

  • Jasmin N

    Okay I definitely have to try these! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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