10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today

Changing or improving your life doesn’t have to be a long, frustrating, drawn-out process. I’m always in search of the smallest changes that yield the biggest returns, and below is my collection of quick tips that can make your life easier, more fulfilling, or just less of a pain in the ass.

Try one or two of these and tell me how great they worked.

Sleeping at the desk

Zack’s Not-So-Secret List of Simple Ways to Increase Happiness, Productivity, or General Awesomeness

1. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past 2 months.

We both know that you should really donate everything you haven’t worn in the past two weeks, but I’ll cut you some slack. This isn’t about throwing away clothes you hate – it’s about getting rid of things that you don’t love. Having excess clothes that you’re never going to wear clogs up your closet, makes decision making more difficult, and serves as a constant reminder of unfinished business. Take two hours out of your weekend, tear everything out of your closet, put it in a big pile and start sorting. I’ll give you an allowance for three nostalgic t-shirts that you’ll never wear again (fraternity Beer Pong Championship shirt, etc).

When you’re done with that, think about the deep metaphor that you’ve just learned and apply it to other parts of your life. Shed yourself of activities, TV shows, people, work, and other obligations that you don’t love. You’ll feel lighter without a life that’s cluttered with fluff, and you’ll quickly fill those voids with meaningful things (you can think of me as a modern-day Mr. Miyagi, Daniel-san).

2. If something takes less than 2 minutes to do, do it immediately.

This is my favorite way to improve personal productivity. Whenever you encounter a task/obligation that requires less than 2 minutes of your time, like sharing this post on Facebook (hint, hint), just do it now. You’ll be amazed as how much this will reduce stress – both because you have less to remember and because you have a higher personal output.

3. Schedule a dinner with a group of 5 or more friends.

It’s actually scientifically proven that people who have dinner in groups of 5 or more at least once per week are happier than people who don’t. Planning an event yields more return than just the event itself – the anticipation of the event gives you something to look forward to. It takes less than 2 minutes to send an email, so you have to do this one right away.

4. Make a donation.

$5, $10, $50, $100. Whatever you can afford. If you don’t do this often, you’ll be surprised at how great it feels. I recommend checking out the charity first to see what percentage of your donation actually makes it to the end of the line – vs. being eaten up by big salaries, expensive fundraisers, and general wastefulness.

If you want some instant impact, give $20 to the next homeless person you see.

5. Practice saying “no.”

I had a friend in high school, Taylor, who had perfected the art of the “no.” When he didn’t want to do something, he’d look you in the face and respond, “I’d ’bout rather shoot myself in the face than do that.” I don’t recommend trying approach without a thick Southern accent, which has the magical power of making rude comments sound hilarious and acceptable.

Most people I know – myself included – get roped into doing things that they really don’t want to do. Saying “no” is liberating – stop giving automatic “yes” responses or, even worse, delaying the inevitable “no” by telling someone you’ll get back to them. If you aren’t instantly drawn to something, try a response like this: “I have plans that day, so I won’t be able to make it. If something changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.”

6. Stop sending open ended emails.

I used to send emails that said things like “is that shirt available in black, red, or blue?” The other person responds with the answer and thus starts the email chain. Eliminate all this superfluous nonsense with a more comprehensive email that gives instructions for the reasonable contingencies: “I’m looking for a shirt in size medium. My favorite colors are black, red, and blue – in that order. If one of those is in-stock, please create an order, respond with the order number and your phone extension, and I will call you this evening with my credit card number and shipping information. If none are available, please let me know the estimated lead time and email me when it becomes available.” BAM. One and done.

Methods like this allow me to run two automated companies and only work a few hours per week.

7. Use self-scheduling software.

Most people waste an inordinate amount of time scheduling meetings, dinners, family get-togethers, dates, conference calls, and other events. Self-scheduling software, like TimeTrade, is all web-based and most offer free 30-day trials – they allow you to block off parts of your schedule for personal time, work, etc, and your friends/family/blind dates can choose available time slots. This eliminates all the back-and-forth of trying to find a time that works for both of you, and has the added bonus of making you look really important (you may want to consider exaggerating other exciting aspects of your life if a self-scheduling calendar is completely incongruent with your general image). In case you lead an underwhelming social life, be sure to block off a bunch of nights before sending a completely empty calendar to a potential date.

When you’re trying to get a group together, like for Tip #3, try a poll-based scheduling software like Doodle. This allows you to pick a few dates and ask a group of people which date works best.

8. Start one day per week off right.

Remember how much energy you had in high school? Yeah, well that’s because your parents cooked you decent food, you slept normal hours, and you didn’t drink your face off during the week (well, not as often as you do now, at least). Food and sleep are fuel for your body – put crude oil in your car and see how it runs.

Try doing this one day per week and you’ll be blown away at how great you feel – you’ll get more done on that day than the other days combined:

Get in bed at 9:30 and set your alarm for 6:30 – then leave your alarm clock or phone across the room so you actually wake up. In the morning, throw on some sweats and take a brisk 15 minute walk (if it’s cold out, watch Rocky IV the night before to prevent whining). Eat three eggs and have coffee or tea as normal – but leave out the toast, cereal, sugar, juice, and other garbage you usually consume in the morning. Have trouble sleeping? Try 3mg of melatonin an hour before bed. If you drink coffee out of a fire hose like I do, PharmaGABA can help you from grinding your teeth out of your skull.

For extra credit, add some sort of weightlifting routine – I’m partial to kettlebells, but then again, I own a kettlebell company.

9. Know your instrument.

A mentor said this to me and it stuck. The most incredible tool you’ll ever own is your body and, if you want to maximize your effectiveness, you should get to know it well. Most people have a “productivity zone” – a period of a few hours each day when your energy level is at its peak (mine is from 8:30-noon, give or take). I forget the exact statistics, so I’ll make something up: 9 of out 10 people in a Danish study showed a 200% increase in productivity when they worked on their most difficult tasks during their peak-energy hours.

But seriously, give it a try. It works. Spend your low-energy zones doing things you enjoy doing, like watching cat videos on YouTube or thinking about ways to kill your boss.

10. Do your work in order of descending difficulty.

If you start your day off with harvesting FarmVille crops or cruising Facebook to compare your social life to people you barely know, this one goes out to you. Start off with the most difficult task first. Most people start off by opening their email and responding to new messages. Responding to emails is easy, and it’s something that you have to do, so it should be left for low/no-energy periods. Tackle your most difficult item first and you’ll always be rewarded with an easier task to do next.

There’s an added bonus – if you only get one thing done per day, like I usually do, you actually have something to show for it.

If these quick tips helped you, let’s dig deeper with The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Learn.

I wish I could remember where I picked up each of these tips – I’d say most were somehow born from reading one of my favorite books, which I highly recommend checking out (disclosure: affiliate links):

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Personal Development for Smart People

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Like this post? Check out the first installment of my ongoing blog series: How I Make Money, Part I: Top 3 Myths That Stop Would-Be Entrepreneurs.

Did I miss something? Think I’m an idiot? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below.

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407 Responses to 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today

  1. pillai9 June 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on theoriginalnutcase and commented:
    just like the author says; these tips if employed can make life just less of a pain in the ass….they really are helpful ..have a fun read :)

  2. adhyalhosen March 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Great stuff :)

    Like many comments above, I am too thinking of quoting some of the content in this blog with your permission.

    I greatly appreciate it!



  3. fairygodsister March 20, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Just reblogged this on http://www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com; I agree with saying no, even though it’s so difficult for me! I end up getting really weighed down with stuff I’d rather not be doing!

    And oh my, you struck a chord with checking Facebook first thing in the morning, even though it’s more Twitter for me!
    Loved your blog, will definitely be back

  4. fairygodsister March 20, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Reblogged this on Fairy Godsister's Blog and commented:
    I read this post first the day after Valentine’s Day, when I was bored to death and in need of something that wouldn’t remind me of my single status. Addict that I am, I went on WordPress and looked under the recommended tab. I wasn’t big on reading an expatriate’s diary at first I must confess but his titles had a way of beckoning I couldn’t turn down. I was happy I came on to the site when I read ’10 easy ways to improve your life today’.

    Which of his tips spoke directly to me? I’ll tell you, but only after you’ve shared yours! Enjoy!

  5. Inspirational Quotes March 20, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today | BA Expat .

  6. Pink Ninjabi March 4, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Thank you for reminding me how to keep up my energy in my thirties as I missed out in remembering how to do this in my twenties. A most delightful post that has been shared in hopes that others will be just as inspired. :D Thank you. :D

  7. Yingying Xue March 3, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Wow,great idea!

  8. Niki March 2, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    Reblogged this on techniquecolor and commented:
    Bookmarked for reference. :)

  9. yvettepearson March 1, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Reblogged this on Diary of a Modern PA.

  10. carolinaeomundo February 29, 2012 at 7:35 am #

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  11. Sergio Garcia February 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Very nice.

    I will apply some of these techniques to myself for my photography company.

    Thanks for the info.


  12. startersphere February 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on Startersphere.

  13. JH February 26, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    May I also add…
    Just be content with your life and be happy for the things you possess. Life is too short to chase after temparary materials, just be happy about yourself and live each day as if it was your last. :)
    Thanks for the tips.

  14. missririh February 24, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Reblogged this on Alice in Wonder Me and commented:
    Make a donation works best for me!

  15. virk February 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Good list. #2 and #6 are really good. #2 is great to get rid of procrastination, I guess.

  16. mwgr February 23, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Simple tips. But interesting because no one bothers about such things.

  17. doxophobic February 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Reblogged this on A Doxophobic's Blog.

  18. doxophobic February 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for the Tip, nicely written :)

  19. aver1 February 22, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Damn you are funny!!! Thanks for starting my day off with solid advice and a few belly laughs. I reblogged this post to my blog contentconservative. I’m new to the blogging world so I don’t know how to highlight the link to my blog and all of that crap. In fact, I still type with 2 fingers.

  20. aver1 February 22, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Reblogged this on contentconservative.

  21. Frederique Bros February 21, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Great tips, I will had, take time everyday to play with your dog – always happy and silly time :)

  22. The Dandy Lion February 21, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    So obvious and yet, because most of us are idiots, we all need reminding.

  23. micahkavros February 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Great post man! You’ve provided with excellent tips that I can now incorporate throughout my life. Well done, keep it up!

    If anybody’s interested, I’m writting a blog about my transformation to achieve six pack abs. Any feedback/support would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!


  24. Robert J Henry February 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! Going to pass them along to my blog readers and followers as well. Feel free to check out my blog too!

  25. bloomsburyintl February 20, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Very interesting…. http://goo.gl/lJjy8

  26. jyeboy February 20, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Some genuinely good tips. Thanks heaps!

  27. jsleigh14 February 20, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Wow, thanks for these tips! Will try!

  28. irischarivorda February 20, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Interesting d(‘u’)

  29. Mike Calvert February 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    This is a great post! I have always struggled maintaining a healthy life style and most of that comes from not exactly doing what I need to be doing in my life. This is great advice about how to take it one step at a time. Check out my blog if you are interested: BlogScrum

  30. Ron February 19, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Fantastic tips! Thank you!!

  31. Ron February 19, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Fantastic tips! Thank you!

  32. alexwivell February 19, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    This is a great article and I hope it inspires people to make positive changes In their life.

  33. Hussein Ghouleh February 19, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    Great post, your tips are right on the post, especially how easy they are applicable, and you have truly summed up great…

    If I may add and dreamy point of view to it all: http://activeminority.com/2011/09/24/will-you-be-satisfied/


  34. gaycarboys February 19, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    helpful tips for sure. Loved the gentle hint about sharing the post on facebook LOL

  35. queenoffamilosity February 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on Familosity and commented:
    Found this great article about 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life by BAX.

    Girls will find the time frame in # 1 crazy man talk but the concept itself is solid.

    Especially love # 2, and well, all the remaining points.


  36. William cloud 9 February 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I love number five, I put it in practice [ sometimes ] but if you do be prepared to get mean looks and attitudes. But you should include a probable very well known but rarely used one: be content. I have family members who can work on a project [ lets say a home project ] for months. Then they see something a friend or some else does and they are no longer happy with their work. Sort of a “keeping up with the Jones ” kind of thing. Never truely happy becuase thier never content.

  37. ardicad February 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Heart of the Matter.

  38. svc February 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Wonderful. We should only surround ourselves with things that we honestly like, love and that inspire us. Better to have less, then to give and waste energy in things that frustrate us.

    Dinner party is a great idea … A challenge to many … there are many of us introverts. lol

    • BA Expat February 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

      Invite other introverts!

  39. Mas Gusno February 18, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    great post !!

    thanks for sharing. I’d like to practice it :D

  40. cheekyopie February 18, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Reblogged this on cheekyopie.

  41. Liz February 18, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Great advice! I’ll have to try some of those!

  42. goldey February 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    This really helps. Thanks.

  43. Tempest February 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Great post! I’m actually going to try to do some of these this week :)

  44. nisa February 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on memnizam.

  45. ualeem February 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Usman Aleem and commented:
    “10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today” Great Post!

  46. sapphy03 February 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Awesome post! These tips actually work! I’ve tried some of them!

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  47. alisueonthemove February 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on alisueonthemove and commented:
    I love all of these! I am going to start tonight, thank you!

  48. karthikeyanblogs February 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on Karthikeyan's Blog and commented:
    Excellent article, agree with most of it

  49. whyyyjen February 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    This is nice. This article shows that things needed to be taken one small thing at a time.

  50. chubbycheeklove February 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Young Parent and commented:
    Love efficiency tips! They make my very complicated and crazy life – so much easier. Thisone on the shows you love, hit me since i am watching a bunch of shows that I’ve fallen out of love with (ie Glee)

  51. ualeem February 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

  52. the bitchy truth February 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Definitely some great advice!

  53. Chaks February 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    great post and perfect tips.


  54. blakeyvertudazo February 17, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Great post.. =D

  55. Kiara Lane February 17, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Reblogged this on Kiara Lane.

  56. f1consultancy February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Brilliant Thankyou – i read this yesterday and tried tip number 10 today, it worked i got majority of my work done first thing, now on a friday afternoon, i just have the easier stuff.
    so BIG thank you :-)

  57. kinkykurlz February 17, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Great post and very informative, thanks for sharing!

  58. Chi February 17, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Really enjoyed this post, especially the humor. :)

  59. Melanie February 17, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Great advice! It made me think about how I could use your points to change my own habits. Good luck in BA! I am an expat in Madrid and I know that it is a very different experience!

  60. Marti Parham February 17, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Very nice post. This served as a good reminder for me. Going to put an extra effort toward doing the challenging thing first.

  61. Manu February 17, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I agree on giving to charity or homeless people, but don’t just do it to get a high. You have to give from the heart or it’s meaningless.
    Great post!

    Blog van de liefde

  62. l0ve0utl0ud February 17, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Great post. I really agree with the last two – working in your peak productivity hours and doing the most difficult tasks first. Thanks for the advice!

  63. Meenakshi February 17, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Simple and nice tips….

  64. flats in Bangalore February 17, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    i tried it really works.i am happy and nice article….thanks

  65. harlean February 17, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    thanks for #2 if it takes less than 2 minutes do it!

  66. bipolarthespian13 February 17, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Reblogged this on bipolarthespianfolios.

  67. Aileen February 17, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Very nice post! I needed to read something like this today.. Now, onto improving my life. :)

  68. morgandtalbot February 17, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Reblogged this on mog5meow and commented:
    Most definitely will try these! Awesome tips! Very humorous too!

  69. investmentsko February 17, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Reblogged this on investmentsko and commented:
    great post! i’ll reblog this
    thanks a lo!

  70. Amol February 17, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Reblogged this on आनंद यात्री.

  71. Erika February 17, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Reblogged this on The Inner Dialogue and commented:
    I… Love this!!! These are the simple and manageable tips in life we all slack off on doing because they ARE simple and applicable to anyone. I also say up the getting up early and exercising to 3 days per week. It’s amazing the mental and physical change you see and feel; trimming down, more energy, positive attitude. As well, log your eating habits. When you write down everything you eat, it helps you establish better eating habits, as well as remembering something you’d like to try making a different way (or at home if you ate out).

    I’ve tried everything to gain healthier eating habits, but I was never better than when my diet was inclusive of protein and lots of fresh veggies and as much water as you can tolerate drinking. I’m not a big water drinker, so my co-worker and I compete with drinking water. We know we need to drink 4 of our water cups at work each day just to get the appropriate amount you need. So, we dig at one another when we finish a cup and it motivates us to continue. If anyone else is like me on the water situation, it’s good to pair up with a co-worker (or friend) who will help you kick up the “competition” to drink more water.

    Any thoughts on brown rice?

    PS – Thank you for this list. It’s the “just right” inspiration I was looking for. I’m going to email it to several people I know (probably all!). And congrats of being freshly pressed.

    • BA Expat February 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks for all of the comments!

      As an easier/more powerful alternative to writing down everything you eat, try taking a camera phone photo of each meal you eat. Upload it to Facebook or send it to a friend to add some social pressure.

      Brown rice is better than pasta, but quinoa is a better alternative. In my opinion, beans are one of the best sources of carbohydrates.

  72. localtello February 17, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Reblogged this on Local Pocatello's Blog.

  73. richannkur February 17, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Too good… Keep it up!!

  74. flats in Electronicity February 17, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Excellent tips…………really very useful to me………thank you

  75. Sony Fugaban February 17, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    I got so hooked with that practice of saying no. Here’s one application: NO, I CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO COMMENT — for something as sensible as this post!


  76. valerie shultz February 17, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Loved these! I want to try that two minute rule.

    And FTR, I know my instrument. My instrument is faulty! My best working hours are 10pm-1am which isn’t fun when I have to wake up at 6:30 every morning! lol

    • BA Expat February 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Those are my best hours as well – but I found that I just didn’t feel good the rest of the day when I stayed up so late. I force myself to bed earlier and found that I have a morning productivity zone as well.

      A good rule of thumb is to try to go to sleep as close to the sunset and wake as close to sunrise as possible, while aiming for 8-9 hours of sleep.

  77. fabulouslulu February 17, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Great!!!! i like it.

  78. fabulouslulu February 17, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Fabulouslulu's Blog and commented:
    The 10 useful things for your working life!! Try to do it

  79. DaCoNNoiSSeur February 17, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I’ll give setting up a date with 5 or more friends this weekend. See just how good it makes me feel. Thanks, chief.

  80. nittoai February 17, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Reblogged this on nittoai and commented:
    Some good advice to consider.

  81. One Loved American Girl February 17, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    #10- such good advice. Great post.

  82. allaboutgoodlife February 17, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    this is unbelievable interesting… i like it.

  83. goatmix February 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    1/ You have so many comments in such a short timeframe! Awesome
    2/ I checked out the Tekbell website and it is brilliant. I might actually buy one as a doorstopper..they look great!
    3/ Can you hurry up and write some more stuff on here!!

  84. best digital cameras under 200 February 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    i like a part to spend donation, it’s make some peace for my self……

  85. sandiegoairporter February 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on sandiegoairporter.

  86. Sandra February 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Great post! :-)
    Hilarious. I just used this photograph in my blog today! (http://promisetodad.wordpress.com). What are the chances!
    Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  87. ashazenzi February 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    these are all gems. usually theirs a stinker in the bunch with these sorta lists.

  88. iduniontv564 February 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on iduniontv.

  89. strawberriesandoranges February 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I love the part about learning how to say “no”. I usually get roped into stuff I probably don’t want to do, but I end up saying yes anyway to please somebody. Thanks for the advice!! :)

  90. Honduras Positiva February 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Reblogged this on Honduras Positiva and commented:
    Great tips, some I already do, some new fresh ideas, all simple and harmless, worth trying!

  91. Honduras Positiva February 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Liked it, I´ll reblog

  92. cielotech February 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Great post and certainly points to live by. I can say that one of my favorite is know your most productive time ( or times ) of day. I used to think I was an evening person–no way! Now, I don’t make any life-changing decisions after 1700 hrs.(5:00 P.M.). Another great one is do the tough stuff first–get it out of the way. It’s like saving the easy classes for senior year.

    Again, great post.

  93. James' Stuff February 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Dude, I mostly wear two types of clothing: business and Slepping wear. If I threw away everything I’d not worn in the last two months then I really would be without any normal clothing at all.

  94. freespiritwannabe February 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    you heard it, you know it, now I gotta just do it!! Gotta work on #2.. Love your post :)!!

  95. ellzey February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Good and concise! Tips/lessons we could all benefit from using!

  96. orangepajamas February 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Great post, thanks for the tips. For me, #5 is the key – Life would have been so much easy if i perfected the art of saying “no”.

    • theunknownnewbie February 17, 2012 at 4:01 am #

      I agree! not easy to say No but would definitely make life a little bit easier if I could :)

  97. Lesley February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on Lesley's Journey through Grad School and commented:
    This blog post really resonated with me this afternoon, so I decided to share it AND find out what happens when I hit the “Reblog Post” button in WordPress!

  98. Personal Concerns February 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    thanks so much!

  99. crweatherford February 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    This is great! Each one well worth trying. Congrats on making ‘freshly pressed’!

  100. Jess Witkins February 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I love #9. That’s one I know works, but I gotta say, you have to keep it up. It’s so much harder if you start to let it all slide and suddenly you’ve snoozed through your most productive time or like you warned, only answered emails that didn’t really matter to begin with.

    Great tips. I’ll be implementing many of these in my own life list. And I have the sudden urge to tear apart my closet, so thanks! LOL

  101. mattjaderston February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Great post! Will definitely try a few of these out.

  102. Jimi February 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on jimilau.com.

  103. plugintosource February 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Superb post my man… I’m loving the Rocky 4 reference…
    In light of this, I’m going to quit whining and get some of these beauties done.

  104. Your PR Chick February 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Great Post! I love it when I can pick up one or two new ideas in one article! Thanks bunches!

  105. thesingernurse February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    This is like the the long lost self-improvement primer I’ve been looking for. I enjoyed reading and learned a lot. I would have to follow you so I can comment again after trying one or two of your tips in this article. :D

  106. gregoor78 February 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Great suggestions! My closet needs cleaning…literally and figuratively. Thanks for the read!

  107. katemadison365 February 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks for the kick in the pants that I needed. This goes right along with my New Year resolutions, yet laid out in an easier to accomplish format. Now I’m off to de-clutter my wardrobe and home.

  108. Jeromy.Manke February 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Great list! Not needing to prep or break into most of these things make it that much easier to start. Sound advise. Thank you!


  109. Rea Frey February 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Great post! I just wrote about something similar (top 5 tips to make our live/work/love lives easier). I find it sad that we have to give ourselves reminders and tips to improve our lives. Instead of constantly striving, I wish we could just be. Productivity and happiness can have many different meanings. It doesn’t always have to be what society says.

  110. Jude February 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    It’s a great idea to get rid of clothes that you’re no longer wearing, but, if I got rid of clothes I haven’t worn in two months, I’d have nothing to wear come summer. Do you not have a change of seasons where you live?

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      I refuse to believe that cold weather exists. I’m in search of the perpetual summer.

      If you suffer from climate seasonality, you should probably take that into account when chucking.

  111. lordbad February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I really like your post

    Especially the section “If something takes less than 2 minutes to do, do it immediately.”

    It’s true!!!

    I am an Italian blogger and I recently founded the English version of my blog

    Come and say hello


    we’ll wait youy

    congratulations for your blog

  112. sanfranciscoboundprgirl February 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Wow these are great Ideas… Can I mention/use your post in one of my upcoming blogs. I feel that this post can be a great tool to many and would love to spread the word of these simple tips and how (once I start doing them) they have worked for me.

    It would go on my livingmylifeasiknowit.wordpress.com blog!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      Sure! Send me a link when you put it up.

      PS – SF is a great city. It’s on my list of places to live someday.

      • sanfranciscoboundprgirl February 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

        Thanks! I am think I’ll have it up in the next week or so! Yes I love SF… I will be moving there in June!

  113. Todd Smith February 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Repeat Excellence.

  114. brandyclinton03 February 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Great post! I will implement most of these advices. Since I live in Montreal where the winter are very cold, I won’t get rid of ALL my summer clothes because I didn’t wear them in the last two months :)

  115. Editorial!Cat February 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    There are some really interesting things listed here, definitely not the usual suggestions you get from any kind of life style magazine. I think I’m going to try some of these, especially #1 and #2.

    Thank you!

  116. BIG RICH February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on WRECK MARKER and commented:
    Some of it is Common Sense … but we all know Common Sense isn’t that common. Enjoy.

  117. dressupforme February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    This is seriously the best 10 toips I’ve read in months.

    The ebast one, however was “do thing that you enjoy like watching cat videos on youtube or thinking about ways to kill your boss” :D Love that attitude ;)


  118. Nicky February 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I love the idea of sending your calendar to a potential date so they can book a slot with you – and they say romance is dead!
    Great stuff :)

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

      Use with extreme caution. :D

  119. PCC Advantage February 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    The first 2 things to do frighten me…I still have clothes in my closet that have tags on them and I can’t seem to part with them, and, I’m also a HUGE procrastinator…even for things that take less than 2 minutes.

    “Water the plants? Nah, I’ll just leave that till later” – 1 week later, my plants have died.

    Great list and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! ;)

  120. Sarah Doyle February 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I usually find that lists such as this one just belabor the obvious, but this really is a good list. I’ve moved a lot over the years, so have had weeding through my stuff forced on me, and it’s been great. I can live with very little, and money I don’t spend on stuff (even good stuff) is money I can spend to do things, which is often much better. I think I’ll go back and read your previous posts!

  121. kevin ordean February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on Kevin Ordean and commented:
    Some good advice

  122. rachelhindsart February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    My flat’s a mess, I keep procrastinating, I’ve poor timekeeping; although I keep blaming my artistic temperament in reality I need to start doing some of the sensible things you mention!

  123. Lady Shardae February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Or instead of Melatonin, just drink some valerian root tea. You’ll sleep like a rock

  124. emjayandthem February 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Mr. Miyagi, Daniel-san you are so wise – and funny!

    Thank you for these most excellent tips; I will begin right away .. in 2 min or less :)


  125. beckyyk February 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    reading this made my day better within three minutes. Thanks!

  126. jessicavealitzek February 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Number 6 is good, too. My favorite are emails like, “Want to get together for dinner?” I used to do this and I realized I was driving myself crazy. Now, it’s “Can you meet me for dinner this Friday at 7 at XYZ?”

  127. onion dome February 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Great post, seriously. I’m going to do #1 this weekend.

  128. boundforbooks February 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on boundforbooks.

  129. The Sandwich Lady February 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    #9 is right on with me. I can only get creative stuff done in the morning. Also, I have a “bingo card” of stuff that needs to be filled before I need to feel at my best: decent diet, enough sleep, brisk walk, a good laugh with the fam. Thanks for a great post and congrats on being freshly pressed.

  130. sarahnsh February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I really like #2 which I haven’t thought before, but definitely makes sense that if something takes a little amount of time those tasks should be done first so you can use the extra time to tackle the more complicated stuff.

  131. bourse en ligne February 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Keep writing this good.

  132. buah untuk diet February 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    It’s funny this pops up on a week where i’ve been thinking i need life changes, thankyou.

  133. passquestion February 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on passquestion and commented:
    Welcome to my world!!!!!

  134. Halth and fitness February 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    good tips

  135. morinda February 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    A agree with all of your 10 easy steps, thanks for reminding me of one or the other I tend to forget. I’d like to add another one – ‘make smalll dreams come true right now!!!’.
    This could be just a receipe for a tasty cupcake that you’ve always wanted to give a try – or like I did just some days ago – publishing my essays at http://www.grin.com – I was thinking it over and over again and now that I finally did it (without mulli t over and over again) I can tell you it gave me a feeling of success – and yes it was so easy – it didn’t take me more than 5 minutes to do so.
    Well – and what can I say a dream came true!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      Love this point. Celebrate every success, no matter how small. Thanks for adding it!

  136. thediaryofsugarandspice February 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Excellent!!! Love these!!!

  137. brimh February 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on Plot Like a Bee and commented:
    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take two minutes to go take out the trash.

  138. Catz-Kato Designs February 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow I really enjoyed this post and oh so true. Thanks.


  139. Jay February 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice list! There’s not one thing on there that I don’t need to do. I now just need to figure out which one to start with…mmmm.

    Also, for the calender/scheduling with others I have found Tungle.me to be very useful and FREE!

  140. Jennifaye February 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    #10 makes perfect sense. It’s so simple it works. :) Thanks for sharing. I like #2 too!

  141. thinkerandoer February 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    number 10 is really good. Starting from hardest works great… and off caurse it’s impossible to complete effectively difficult tasks in the end of working day. So when I see that my head is about to start aking from thinking, I start to do smth easier and in the end I get more things done.

  142. dotdos February 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    The entire post is interesting and useful but I like more number 4 “make a donation” That’s great!

  143. everybodyloveapple February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Reblogged this on everybodyloveapple.

  144. Be A DJ February 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I really like your outlook on life and on work productivity. You put it all together and these tips are so simple that I can actually start using them right now … at work … while I am reading your blog … when i should be …ok, back to work

  145. Appartments in bangalore February 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Really the ten principles are very good, if we follow we can be very happy………

  146. sportsjim81 February 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Excellent post! These are absolutely things that people can easily do. So often you see lists like these and think, “Wow, that sounds really great…but that’s gonna take awhile and I have so many other things to do. I’ll go play Angry Birds while I think about whether I’ll follow these steps or not. Yeah, Angry Birds. Wait, what was I doing?”

    Anyway, the point is, I plan to do several of these things…for example, commenting on this post took me less than two minutes to do, so I did it right away!

  147. Saakshi Nagpal February 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Hie, thanks for this amazing write up …
    Point 2 : makes sense to me , I would rather say : i should scrible this on sticky note and keep it always in front of me :)
    however point 1: m sorry , being a girl , I may feel sad about it :p …
    But this surely helps, I am forwarding the same to my friends and co-workers…


  148. twefagog February 16, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Reblogged this on twefagog.

  149. TheAbsoluteMost February 16, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for ways to improve my productivity .

  150. chris9911 February 16, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    how about more sleep?

  151. Oleg February 16, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks!I want to change my life!

  152. Ryan February 16, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    The clothes thing is a must – what’s the point of having all those clothes if you ain’t wearing ‘em?

  153. Bonnie February 16, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Fantastic post, well-deserving of freshly pressed! My faves were #2, #5 and #9 gave me a big belly laugh. Hey, that could be #11 – always find a way to acquire a big ole’ belly laugh once a day. :)

  154. megalagom February 16, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Having just moved to a new country and feeling like I need to get my act together, this is exactly what I needed to read. I’ve been thinking about trying to make a list of my own- but who am I kidding? Starting off with the most difficult thing iis a big yes in my book- I don’t do that and I feel bummy all day! I’ll have to tell my husband the 2 minute rule to get him to start flossing!! :) Thank you very much for the post, great job and I hope to read more! ~Meg

  155. fshade February 16, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Reblogged this on holisticlivingforyp and commented:
    Here are some simple tips that can make you more productive and invariable happier. Though, you may be practicing some already, it will be good to add the others.

  156. Bhavna Singh February 16, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    This is the most brilliant thing ever, I plan on actually using these tips on my long weekend this weekend! Thanks!

  157. Julio A. February 16, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    thanks for the advice… i should take note and donate some clothes

  158. chocolatecate February 16, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Reblogged this on nevertoooldforfairytales and commented:

  159. iamsexyandiknowit February 16, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Great blog! exactly what i want to know. :) thanks!

  160. Mike Barratt February 16, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Great tips! I really like the one about donating money. Even a gift as small as $5 can make a big impact if enough people do it. Thanks for sharing!

  161. arieszai February 16, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    thanks so much for all the tips….
    no 2 & 5 are my problem right now…… 2 minutes work per day piled up for 3 month! 180minutes! this is EXACTLY why I suffered with my work nowadays >_<

    plus saying NO to your BOSS not easy as it may seem…. but I'll try….

  162. Lindsay February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am #


  163. aprillaugh February 16, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Reblogged this on April Laugh's Blog.

  164. BoJo Photo February 16, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Great points!

  165. tommeivind February 16, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    A good life is doing good to others. I will ask my friend Mr. Google Translate for help and maybe spread these tips on my norwegian blog. I will credit you of course. Thank you for this article.

  166. internomediterraneo February 16, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Three eggs?? Maybe for lunch….!!
    I think #5 could really help me!!

  167. sandyseeber February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Really liked reading your post. Your points are fantastic and they work! :-D

  168. flats in Marathalli February 16, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Well said sir those are great ideas

  169. AnnieFlick February 16, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Reblogged this on AnnieFlick and commented:
    exactly what I needed to read this am, great ideas.

  170. darien February 16, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    go for a run in the morning . . it really helps to put you in a good mood and gives you lots of energy if you are a busy person :)

  171. loustar02 February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Interesting tips. I’m not going to agree with throwing out anything not worn in the last 2 months or my summer wardrobe would all have to go but agree that it should definitely be culled regularly!

    9 & 10 are particularly useful and probably mean that I should not be here now. Off to more difficult stuff I go.

  172. Todd Smith February 16, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I’m glad I found this. I need to apply most of these to my own life.

  173. cristineorapait208 February 16, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    nice one you are a good teacher..!keep it up.!

  174. Sofia Romualdo February 16, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    These sound like very good tips. I’ll be sure to try a few out!

  175. camillasaurus February 16, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Reblogged this on camillasaurus.

  176. hmunro February 16, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    ¡Super! Muchísimas gracias por juntar esta excelente colección de buenos consejos. Voy a aplicar algunos — y los voy a compartir con mis socios también. Le deseo mucho éxito en Buenos Aires. (Si sigue sus propios consejos, no tengo ninguna duda que va a ser realmente exitoso.) Saludos desde Minnesota …

  177. Little foot February 16, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Great post indeed! Usefull tipps, but sometimes quite hard to follow ;-)

  178. apeveryday February 16, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Reblogged this on AP Every Day and commented:
    Number 2 is a rule we should all live by.

  179. Vered at EatNowTalkLater February 16, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    So true! It’s so important to take some time off and relax sometimes! Great blog!

  180. Shaggygirl February 16, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Reblogged this on Shaggygirl and commented:
    Finding myself still working at nearly 10pm this blog post caught my eye. You might find something that appeals too.

  181. Volker February 16, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Yeah man, I like your post!! Have a great day and thanks for releasing your thoughts to the public :-)

  182. Andreas Moser February 16, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Let’s get cracking!

  183. FLATS IN BTM LAYOUT February 16, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Ya thanks for your post i ll try my level best keep those steps to build my career thanks

  184. boyami February 16, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Great tips, thanks a ton! I’ll definitely try to use 9 and 10 and hopefully it will improve a bit the way i feel about my hectic job :)

  185. Sowmik Sengupta February 16, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    A good read; keep it up.

  186. wittylarius February 16, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Reblogged this on wittylarius.

  187. wittylarius February 16, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    this is really helpful number 7 is a really good suggestion.

  188. flats in electronic city February 16, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    one of the most effective and helpful post on word press.

  189. Jordyne February 16, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    This was a great post! Loved the advice, especially #6. I’m going to do that with emails and text messages.

  190. aun89 February 16, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Reblogged this on Aun Muhammad Naqvi.

  191. nv February 16, 2012 at 6:35 am #


  192. Kai February 16, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    nice post! i’ll try these tips


  193. why we cry at movies February 16, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    It’s funny this pops up on a week where i’ve been thinking i need life changes, thankyou.

  194. AD February 16, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Reblogged this on Anastasia's Choice.

  195. opitje February 16, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    wow… thank you for the good tips!

  196. Omul February 16, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Reblogged this on WordPress Trends.

  197. Jox February 16, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Productivity seems daunting to achieve but it’s actually just a matter of prioritization. However, the discipline and the character to stick to tasks take more effort to build. This is a great list to start with. Thanks for this!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Couldn’t agree more.

  198. Joseph Budu February 16, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Reblogged this on Joseph Budu's Blog.

  199. flats in banglore for sale February 16, 2012 at 5:24 am #

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  200. smarissa February 16, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I totally want to make a copy of your favorite tips and post it on my wall at home. I definitely agree with you that if there is a task that can be done in under 2 minutes that you should just tackle it right away.

    I’ve tried making lists and I even list the stupid reminders like “set out my clothes for tomorrow” or “feed the pets.” When I could have just done these when I thought of them which would have made my list a lot smaller.

  201. cyrilimis February 16, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    Reblogged this on cyrilimis and commented:
    very nice

  202. yinnadar February 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Good advice… My message to share among us is simple that is… In our our heart we know it’s true : Massive, consistent action with pure persistence and a sense of flexibility in pursuing or goals will ultimately give us what we want, but we must abandon any sense that there is no solution

  203. helpmefindmydreamjob February 16, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Great blog post!!! I’m going to order some of those books! :)

  204. Good Flats in Bangalore February 16, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Thanks for sharing this. Its really helpful for my life… Will try to implement from today itself..

  205. Ray Kevin February 16, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    Thanks for this…especially number 8! :)

  206. Flats in Electronic city(Bangalore) February 16, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Nice tips.Thank you for the post.It helped me alot

  207. omwaombara February 16, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    AWESOME guide. Still clinging to an old worn out sofa set 30 years later due to sentimental attachment. Lol. Still clinging to passion when I should make money out of my writing talent. You made my day. Thanks.

  208. TheDSilva February 16, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Thanks for the advice on pharmagaba and melatonin. It will be put to good use!
    Two of us were reading this and wondering, how do you say no politely when you have a schedule out for everyone to see where your me time is not blocked?
    You’re awesome, enjoyed reading!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Good question. You don’t have to publish your schedule publicly – you send a link to someone when they ask for it.

      Just tell them you’re busy and don’t send them the link. Problem solved!

      Sleep tight!

  209. nikimales February 16, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Reblogged this on AmanTenteram and commented:
    nice ways to makes your life less complicated, and i think this is fun

  210. Alma February 16, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Reblogged this on Live, Laugh, Love.

  211. TEJASWI MAHARAJPET February 16, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Good one..enjoyed reading!!

  212. thefinestglow February 16, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing =)

  213. goingtomx February 16, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    I would love for people to apply #4 to me once I get my missionary page set up for the orphanage where I work in Bolivia! haha…definitely working on that.

  214. tian_septian February 16, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    nice post, thanks

  215. teeceecounsel February 16, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    Beautiful Piece. Explicit. I love this!

  216. barcncpt44 February 16, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    Wow! They are some very good tips! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  217. Jaky Astik February 16, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Very inspiring. One of the the most inspiring and yet, simple self improvement post I’ve read in a while. Thanks.

  218. handcraftedsoap February 16, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Thanks very nice , I like to sleep earlier but I’m not get tired before 12 am

  219. ihvnid February 16, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    Luv it, really great list you awesome man.

  220. Tsinelas February 16, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Reblogged this on 12 Tsinelas ni Cocoy.

  221. Tsinelas February 16, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    i think number 2 and 3 are the ones that are really applicable for me..
    thank you..

  222. FLATS FOR SALE IN BANGALORE February 16, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    Lovely and awesome post.enjoyed your blog too and planning to follow these steps in my daily routine…thanks for sharing….

  223. thisismethisisme February 16, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Thank you. A useful read.

  224. Just Me With . . . February 16, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Great post. I love the shed yourself of activities as well as clothes. I get rid of stuff all the time, but I need to be more pointed about getting rid of activities and not getting sucked into a routine that I don’t need or isn’t worth the time — like getting hooked on a TV show or talking on the phone with people when I don’t enjoy it — very liberating to say, “Yeah, I don’t do that anymore.”

  225. onemilerunner February 16, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Wow this list is great! It’s awesome that most of them are so simple. However, getting rid of clothes is definitely hard- for women you may want to change it to 1 year instead of two months :-p we like to change our wardrobes with the seasons!

  226. noel caine February 16, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    good tips thanks for everythings

  227. Abigail February 16, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    One comment I must add about donation to a homeless person. Don’t just drop it in their cup. Look them in the eyes and tell them something, like, “I hope you have a nice day.” From my brief experience actually working with homeless people, they are invisible and know it. It makes them feel 200X better when someone notices them as a person, much more than your measly $20 will.

  228. JL February 16, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    If only I even had 5 friends… or 2 for that matter.

  229. lindalind February 16, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Good post!
    I could never get rid of everything I haven’t worn in the past 2 months though… I’m way to attached to my clothes haha :)


  230. amberpat February 16, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I’m good a number 1 and 4, so bad at 2. lol 1coffeehouse.wordpress.com

  231. Jenna Friesen February 16, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Reblogged this on Friesen in Winnipeg and commented:
    Today I am once again in survival mode. BUT I found a post that I think you’ll like anyway. I read it through to the end, which is a good sign. Enjoy!

  232. perspectivesandprejudices February 16, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Love it!

  233. jptan2012 February 16, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Reblogged this on Sana Ako si Ricky Lee! and commented:
    Came across this blog and I just want to share it with you…

  234. Sarah @ housecrazy February 16, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Oh my gosh – you look like my brother!! Especially that pics of you asleep at the computer!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      The person asleep at the desk isn’t me :)

  235. Emma February 16, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    I think I’m going to try some of these. I’ve already gotten rid of most of my closet, but I really like the idea of number nine.

  236. njrobertsdotcom February 16, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    wow I am surpised at how simple and easy some of these things are to do…well written advice I will try to introduce some of them

  237. Priscilla February 16, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Great read! needed it :)

  238. SikuMarie VideoProduction February 16, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Reblogged this on Graphic Design.

  239. donationcan February 16, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    I like #6 about email.

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Pretty sure that one is courtesy of Tim Ferriss, who has been a tremendous inspiration to me.

  240. bajangg February 16, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Reblogged this on Catatan si Bajang.

  241. scintillatebrightly February 16, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    I like all of them except number seven. The first time a potential date sends me a calender to schedule a date, will be the last time. They’ll never hear from me again.

  242. susielindau February 16, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    This was awesome. I thought at first that it was tongue-in-cheek when you suggested throwing out all the clothes that you haven’t worn in 2 weeks, but when you mentioned your favorite beer pong t-shirt would make the cut, I knew we spoke the same language. Too funny!
    Great tips. I actually pulled out Eating for Your Type today and read that bread is really bad for type O’s. Love your tip about doing all the hard stuff first. I have sucked into the habit of reading emails and commenting on comments on my blog which is really the fun part of my day. I’ll clean the toilets first from now on….
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  243. reinaldobanh February 16, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Reblogged this on reinaldobanh and commented:
    Life. Work. U And Me.

  244. The Background Story February 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I should really heed your first two bits of advice. The second one will especially save me a lot of time. Thanks!

  245. Kimmeister February 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    These are awesome! I plan on using many as well as passing them on to people who I KNOW need to utilize some of these tips.

    Tip of my own: skip the coffee. Stick to a regular sleep schedule and you’ll find yourself waking up minutes or seconds before your alarm goes off, and feeling much more energized. And never hit snooze, roll out of bed the second you are conscious, or even before.

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Couldn’t agree more on all points.

  246. rachelmeeks February 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Lovely post. Ahh…I remember those good old days when I had decent meals and actually slept some. Those were good times. Now my question is this: adults who don’t take care of themselves probably eventually have kids. Then they must suddenly make the leap to making decent meals and stuff all of a sudden! How am I ever going to achieve that?!

    Ah, well. It’s not like I’m going to be a parent tomorrow. I’ll save working on that for later. ;)

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Nutrition and sleep are the two most important things for your body and mind…and exercise comes in as a close #3.

      If you don’t have time to eat right and sleep, it’s time to make a change. I’d highly recommend reading The 4-Hour Work Week as a start.

  247. musingsforyoungwomen February 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Really Really enjoyed your blog. I appreciate the little things that increase your quality of life little bit at a time. I’m at that point in my life where it is no longer enough to just work harder, I have to work smarter. Thanks for the tips and for the book references!

  248. ModernAlice February 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read on WordPress to date! I especially love tips 1-5. I’ve been meaning to clean out my closet for a while now and this finally motivated me to do it! Also your wonderful post is the perfect excuse to host a dinner party for my girl friends. Thank you so much for all of this great, easily implemented advice!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Good luck at the dinner party. Make it a disposable-dishes-only pot luck so you don’t get stuck with cooking and cleaning :)

  249. Taiana's Blog ♥ February 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Heeey. Great post.
    Practicing saying no is all I need to learn hahaha
    Very good tips! thanks

  250. Phelios Cyros February 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    wanted to criticize on some of the points, but never mind. You’ve got good points, sir!

  251. jessmislang February 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on jessmislang.

  252. batteries-world.co.uk February 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    It’s very useful for modern people, thanks for sharing

  253. emilystroia February 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Great tips! Especially love the “Know Your Instrument”. Someone spoke about that at a workshop I recently attended.

  254. Stephanie February 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I like your voice and style of writing. I will definitely try these things tomorrow and improve my life lol. Hope they work!

  255. Jeremy Gradney February 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Good advice. You make some very good points. Not sure if I agree with tossing clothes not worn within 2 weeks. I like the premise with a longer time frame. I think it can vary based on what person’s closet you are staring into.

  256. Regia Rahma February 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    ♥ this post!! ;) and i’m gonna start from #10..lol! :)

  257. Ayesha February 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on Bound By Books and commented:
    Because I am working on my happiness project, I found that this post resonated with all the the little things I am trying to achieve. His tips serve as great reminders for treating yourself to a better life.

  258. orbuzz February 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on O + R: the buzz in the biz and commented:
    This week has been too busy for me to sit down and spend some time enlightening anyone, much less myself. I found this post today that speaks volumes to me.
    I am a strong believer in number 1, number 2, & number 4 and I know I need help with number 5!

    Hope this lends you some inspiration for the week while I take some time to get inspired myself.

  259. Chris Malone radio February 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chris "CJ" Malone and commented:
    Great tips to combat stress!

  260. missbananana February 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on pisangcoklatkeju : The Journal and commented:
    i think i agreed with this. and i like it :)

  261. khcorbit February 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on myrosesandthorns.

  262. Cynical. Mistaken. Strong. (Chapter Deux) February 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Tips to lived by. Love this and it really makes sense :) It’s a good advises to start reinventing ourselves.

    God Bless You! :)

  263. starlight February 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    good stuff, i think more than anything, it’s good to start with #1.. being a stay-at-home mom, sometimes i do get tired of the monotony of daily chores and routines. i’ve been wishing for at least a day off but i find myself with tons of work to do during weekends… thank you for the tips, i think i would be able to squeeze in 1-day off.. we all need to recharge and have our own time to ourselves.. congrats on being FP.

  264. lauren would February 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I loved this post, thank you!

  265. Amy February 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Love this! I’m a busy mom and full-time college student and I am always looking for ways to simplify!

  266. xxbronzegoddessxx February 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on Musings About Me.

  267. xxbronzegoddessxx February 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I love this list! Great job. My peack hours are between 2-5 pm everyday. I am not a morning person at all.

  268. mydestiny2011 February 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on MyDestiny2011 and commented:
    Very positive. Would like to share this, please. Thank you

  269. Sandra Parsons February 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Why would I throw away my summer clothes (which I have not worn in 5 months!) only to have to go and buy new ones come May? I hate shopping!!!
    Why would I take up the habit of drinking coffee or tea in the morning if I run just fine on milk/water/juice?
    And could it be that I was more energetic while in highschool because I was roughly 20 years younger and had no kids that kept me up half of the night?
    Other than that, there are definitely one or two tips here that I might just try. Maybe one of my friends wants to cook for me and 4 others once a week…

  270. rationalization23 February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Well said. Great post. Going to bed at 9:30 seems a tad ridiculous, but many successful people will swear by being a morning person.

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      I’m only asking for 1 day a week…but fair warning…it gets addictive!

      • rationalization23 February 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

        That’s because you are supposed to get up around the same time every morning. It’s all part of the sleep cycle :)

  271. Noah Stewart February 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    I came across this quite by accident and found it very wise. I’ll be back. Thanks.

  272. PostGradLearning February 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Great post! Lots of great tips I’d never thought of before! Will definitely try conquering tasks in descending order of difficulty as well as the 2-minute rule!

  273. Nathan915 February 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on TeenTech.

  274. edenwinter February 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    2 months for clothes isn’t long enough, it should be 1 year at least. Girls don’t like to wear the same thing twice too often.

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Gotta start somewhere :)

  275. janeykylescott February 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Love it…just need to pick one and get started…. Oh I did….this reply took less than 2 minutes :)

  276. Jo Moon February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Interesting ideas on how to deal effectively with life here! Though I would say, also cut out caffeine tea and coffee and the 3 eggs for breakfast too! Better to have a cup of herbal tea and perhaps some fruit, nuts, dried fruit, healthy cereal with no sugar such as museli or boil up some millet or even have a bowl of rice. Eat lots of superfoods such as raw chocolate, bee pollen, coconut oil, carob, barley grass, wheat grass, macca powder and similar. Also cut down on alcohol as much as possible as it does not help the body or mind – perhaps more than just one day a week!

    Ok, thats all for now, JO

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      If you can do without caffeine, all the better!

      Fruit and nuts aren’t bad, but they aren’t a significant source of protein. Protein is critical to maintaining energy. I personally believe that a high-carb breakfast – like fruit, cereal, rice, or oatmeal – causes fat gain and low energy.

      I do agree on reducing alcohol, though!

      • Jo Moon February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am #

        Thanks for your reply, I have heard of various theories, one is that protein isn’t too essential in our diets. I’m not sure how true this is. Also there are fruitarians who live off only fruit and nuts and say their energy increases through this diet. I was a semi-fruitarian myself for a while. I do find that if I eat just fruit and nuts and nothing else in the morning I seem to have more energy than when eating grains with the fruit and nuts. But raw chocolate really is the best source of energy I find. I have a recipe for raw chocolate somewhere on my blog! Raw chocolate can also be an appetite suppressant so you may not need to eat much else for a while. Raw chocolate is full of iron, magnesium, anti-oxidants and many other sources of nutrition and it is delicious. Normal chocolate has been heated a lot so does not have much nutrition in it. However there is caffeine in raw chocolate.

        My conclusion about diets is also that each person has an individual need and what is right for one may not be right for another!

        But thanks for writing this blog and generating a discussion on the subject! JO

  277. Mary Lou Rutledge February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    If I replace coffee with diet coke will I have a bad day?
    Loved the blog!

    • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      There’s a growing body of research that suggests that fake sugars are really quite bad for you. Carbonated beverages as a whole aren’t great for your stomach or your teeth.

      For what it’s worth, I find that I get fatigued when I drink fake sugar.

      And if you don’t like coffee, have a big glass of water instead!

  278. WoodRtist February 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on WoodRtist and commented:
    This will help out a lot

  279. Lux Zakari February 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Great post!

  280. Josh Young February 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I think you might’ve forgotten something:
    When you need help, ask for it. So many people struggle with that concept, they don’t want to seem week. It’d improve their lives so much if they just asked for help. It’s a pity that doesn’t happen very often.

    I have to seek people out for my blog (www.mathematicalmischief.wordpress.com) because they just don’t come looking for help, which is a shame. A lot of people would do that much better with their lives if they managed to apply that.

  281. A Londoner from Afar February 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I especially like #9.

  282. campusnowblogs February 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Not sure if listening to your favorite music while trying to accomplish simple errands like folding laundry or doing the dishes was implied – but we think that’s a great way of enjoying the tasks set out for you and at times can increase your energy levels so remarkably that you are raring to go! and a running outdoors won’t hurt you either – great way to de-stress!

    Loved your post and blog in general. We at http://www.campusnowblogs.wordpress.com like to give people simple tips and facts to everyday life! Check us out.

  283. MJ, Nonstepmom February 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I appreciate the last one most. I usually decide on tasks based first on time/deadlines and then have liked to knock off afew easy ones to get the ball rolling & pat myself on the back – i think I’ll try your way for awhile. Great tips!

  284. MickTheMuse February 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Great article and very astute. Thanks for the good read.

  285. realme07 February 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    interesting post: My mother use to say ‘a job started is a job finished!”…. funny thing now as i get older I can see her point. running a house sometimes is more about feeling to tired to start yet once moving it can happen… I also put time limits on things…eg’ spend 10mins tidying the bedroom or 1hour in the garden… Most of the time things get done easily. At the moment I am doing a 30day challenge of riding each day…. started out as 10mins now do an hour…. ahhha and i am not dead yet. I think 30days of finding something on your topic aday might be interesting challenge adding a thing to the list so by the end you are doing 30 things in a day..hmmm . thanks again

  286. Luise February 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Küchenliesel and commented:
    Manchmal ist es einfach schön, solche Entdeckungen im WordPress-Orbit zu machen. Tipps, die man vielleicht schon gehört und ausprobiert hat. Aber eine Erinnerung hier und da tut gut.

  287. Sara February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Cheers from the other side of the Andes. I’m a US expat in Santiago de Chile. I’m heading to Bs As next week :)

    I agree with Kelly Carter, exercise is super important and not enough people prioritize it.

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      It’s a very cool city…you’ll love it!

  288. A. McGrew February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Love it!

  289. Luise February 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    great post! thank you! some of these one might have heard or tried out before. but it needs reiteration. maybe you should add number 11: “read this post every first saturday of the month, or any other periodic day of the month”

  290. Kelly Carter February 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I would add getting some physical exercise daily.

    • MickTheMuse February 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      That would be a great addition, I find 20-30 minutes a day works into most schedules, but an hour a day will have you body thanking you (and probably your significant other!) even if it is a leisurely walk or swimming.

  291. babelclaire February 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Brilliant. Wish I had the self-discipline…!

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Ah, you’re thinking about it too much. In the words of Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

      Forget about to-do lists, scheduling, and discipline. Just get up and do something!

      • babelclaire February 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

        Fair point :) though my main problem is getting to bed!

  292. yvonne ayoub February 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Great post! Great advice! Congrats on being freshly pressed! Y x

  293. God's Timing February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Party's Over.

  294. Eagle-Eyed Editor February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I like tip #3 the best. Even if you’re someone who is low on cash in these hard times and can’t afford to go to dinner regularly, talking things over with sympathetic friends is great!

  295. mindyaltermatt February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    “Know Your Instrument”… That is GREAT advice! Those who are self aware are so much further ahead of the game. Great post!

  296. Mikhail February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    First post I read for the day. Thanks!

  297. annah40 February 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    A really good list!

  298. judisunshine February 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    You’ve inspired me — thank you.

  299. vickychachi February 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    There are some clothes that I haven´t worn in ages because I´ve got to iron them!! Haha!
    By the way, you made me laugh!!
    ¡Muy bueno! Saludos de una española viviendo en UK!!
    Ps: I´m sharing it via facebook (if you don´t mind!!)

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Share away! Thanks!

    • janeykylescott February 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Ahhhh throw out anything that needs ironing

      • vickychachi February 16, 2012 at 10:30 am #

        I’m seriously thinking about it!!

  300. Kayla Cruz February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    #9 Know your instrument…

    So true dude. This is why I’m so agains standard work hours esecially for Generation Y. Everyone works best at different times. We should focus on having EFFICIENT employees. Not employees that clock in at exactly 8am every morning and spend 8 hours doing something that takes someone else 5 to do.

    All your advice was great. You rock!

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Agree 100% – work smarter, not harder.

      There’s an easy solution…work for yourself :) Work any hours you want, and you don’t have to work for/with stupid people, unless you’re into that.

  301. founditonapostednote February 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    heeeaal yes!

  302. {PaperKeeper} February 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on {PaperKeeper}.

  303. The Awkward List February 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Great post! Number 2 helps a lot!


  304. cozycrawler February 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on cozycrawler.

  305. Romantic Asian Guy February 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    What a great list! It’s not really what I expected, but definitely VERY useful.

    Thanks for the reminders:)

  306. erinlizzie February 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on What She Writes and commented:
    This was on Freshly Pressed today. I thought I’d share it with you. This is SO true. I should print this and put it on my wall!

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Don’t do that! Just visit my blog every day and save the trees.

      • erinlizzie February 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

        Haha, fair enough.

  307. Larissa Horvath February 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    On #6, I try *so* hard to do that, but get overwhelmed by the number of people who send a quick response asking a question that has already been answered in your previous email.

    For example, here’s a section of one of my template emails:
    “Please complete and return the attached application with a utility bill and a photo of your vessel as soon as possible so I can begin the application review process. It takes about 24 hours (after receiving your paperwork) for me to get an approval or denial; I will contact you when I get your approval/denial to discuss your next steps.”

    For your reference, our rates can be found at (http://website.com/url). Please call me if you have questions about how to fill out the application.”

    And the response I get back is frighteningly like this (seriously):
    “i want to bring my boat in tonight though because i have to go out of town for a week so it’s not going to be convenient for me to send you the app right now. can you just tell me where to tie up and i’ll work on paperwork when i get back?”

    OR …they’ll just send me page 1 of 4 partially filled out, with a copy of a credit card bill from six months ago, and call me after they send this mess to ask if it’s been approved.

    SIDE. EYE. DELUXE. These are adults. I don’t ….I don’t understand. Is it just the fear of reading? You wouldn’t believe how many people say things like “That’s a lot of paperwork, I don’t want to read it, just tell me where to sign.” Or asking them to bring me things they already have results in a tremendous amount of sighing and Do-I-Have-To’s.

    Oooh, you’ve inspired me to make a new blog post. ;) But seriously, how do you deal with emails when they ask you a question where you’ve already answered it, like they didn’t even read it?

  308. edrevets February 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Does eating cookies in yoghurt with maple syrup count as garbage?

  309. Mike February 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on outta timin' mike.

  310. EG February 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Just reading this made me productive for 2 hours at work!! Great easy suggestions that make all the difference! Thank you!

  311. Ruglovermary February 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Fresh and Clean Rugs and commented:
    Our lives don’t have to be complicated and we don’t need to spend hours trying to simplify them either. Here is a nice neat way of doing a few little things to get you feeling good and less stressed.

  312. Ammon February 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Great, succint post! This distills some of the basics from Covey, GTD, Lifehacker, Zen Habits, etc.

  313. Fia February 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Love this post! Especially tip number 2! :)


  314. Ruglovermary February 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Well I recently had to do #1. I am moving from a 3 bedroom apt to a bachelor apt. so I had to downsize A LOT. I realized I was hanging onto things that I didn’t need, want or use. Sometimes Sentiment gets in the way of efficiency.
    I will be trying more of this suggestions, plus I own the 4 hour work week and have never read it. This I will do
    Thanks for writing this just when I needed to read it!!

  315. Joseph Ricafort February 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Really helped and inspired me a lot. Thanks man!

  316. mrbricksworld February 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Personally, I have trouble with Number 5. I just can’t say no when someone needs my help.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    Mr. Bricks

  317. Marjolein February 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Great tips! I’m all for de-cluttering (another tip: every time you buy new clothes, throw out old ones in their place).

    I wish employers would take people’s different peak hours more seriously. I’d love to start work later and stay until later in the evening, but it’s not allowed.

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Not allowed??? I had a hard time being told what to do in kindergarten, let alone as an adult :)

      Here’s an inspirational post by Steve Pavlina to get you started:

      10 Reasons You Should Never Get A Job

      In case you’re not convinced, you can check out my post on how to start your own business (shameless self-plug):

      How I Make Money, Part I: Top 3 Myths That Stop Would-Be Entrepreneurs

      • Marjolein February 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

        Thanks for the links!
        I was in the process of starting my own business when I was offered this job. And apart from the hours, I absolutely love it. And this way I’m making sure I can save enough money to make one of my dreams come true in the near future and travel to Australia. I don’t mind the trade-off too much right now. Might have another go at creating my own company next winter though.

      • BA Expat February 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

        Why wait until next winter? Work on starting your company now, and maybe you’ll find that it will quickly grow to generate enough income to support you on your own.

        Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  318. Oh God, My Wife Is German February 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Great ideas! I’ll definitely try the first.

    Have an awesome day!

  319. Frankie Robertson February 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Much of this is familiar from Ferris’s 4HWW, but I was glad to be reminded of these again. Thanks! I’ll check out some of your other sources.

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Absolutely – it’s my favorite book. It’s what brought me to Buenos Aires, where I’ve relocated after outsourcing my two companies!

  320. blacksunglassesmedia February 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    This is a great list, and so comprehensive! Thanks for sharing.

  321. Ashmita February 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    i am so going to try the ‘practice saying no’… need to work on saying NO! great post anyway (Freshly pressed afterall!!) ;)

    • elcazacupones February 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Just what the world needed, BA Expat, more girls saying “no”. See what you’ve done? Shame on you! ;P

      • Ashmita February 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

        atleast i accepteed the fact!!! :P

  322. Smaktakula February 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    These are great suggestions, particularly the one about saying “no.” A couple of these (1 &2) I’ve recently begun on my own. Good post!

  323. nioniaj February 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on More Than This...

  324. woodrtist February 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I like #2 the best – and I’m going to keep that one in the back of my head, It may help me keep my work bench’s tidy.
    Thanks for the 10 tips


  325. stefsvoice February 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Brilliant! I’m all for numbers 2,9 and 10. :)

  326. raffychristopherdominguez February 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Watching cat videos in YouTube sounds so funny. Hahaha. These tips are sure hell a lot of help.

  327. primaveravalentine February 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Great post! I needed to read this today! I was putting off about five two-minute tasks by reading this blog. Now I guess I better get them over with before wasting time on facebook. Thanks for sharing!

  328. scorpz94 February 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    this may not make sense coming from someone who hasnt really had much of a “life” but yeah im intrigued!!! also, just wondering, does anyone know any good tips on producing a cracking article that can get tons of views quite quickly without too much publicising? thnx :)

  329. findingmyworth February 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Great tips, especially number 10 when I started doing that I got much more completed on my list then when I started with the easy stuff.

  330. Most of the advice is good here. However, I checked with my mother who is a nutritionist and 3 eggs is a bad idea because of the cholesteral involved. Eggs are okay but have to be eaten in careful doses. Oatmeal is one of the best breakfast choices.

    • Lydia McD February 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Your mom’s nutrition degree is informed by the USDA and their food pyramid of subsidies. The cholesterol in three eggs is good, not bad, for you, particularly if they’re from pasture-raised chickens. Decades of being “careful” about cholesterol in foods and replacing quality fat and protein with grains are the exact reason why people are having so many health problems now.

    • preciousbydesign February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Lydia is right, the fear of eggs comes from outdated information. I will say, however, that I like my meals as balanced as possible, and my favorite breakfast to get me going is oatmeal with some fruit – and eggs on the side. I eat eggs almost every day, and my doctor tells me I have the cholesterol levels of an athlete. I stay physically active, but I’m no athlete :P

  331. hodgepodge4thesoul February 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks for the tips. I don’t know about dinner w/ 5 friends tip, but worth giving it a shot. Great post, thank you for sharing it :D

  332. sarajanelle February 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I like this and agree. Granted, I’m not sure I can succeed at some of them, but those ones are defintiely goals for me to work towards. Others, I am already doing and loving. Thanks :)

  333. Mark February 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mark Roddis and commented:
    I don’t reblog things that often but I read this today (Freshly Pressed by WordPress) and thought it was worth sharing.

  334. The Hook February 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    You missed NOTHING!
    Great post – and tips!

  335. John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet February 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    All the points were well made. I might add an additional: Try doing some personal sharing with at least three strangers that you meet in a weeks period. You will be surprised how many wonderful people are out there, waiting to be “discovered.”

  336. lefnadsvis February 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Three eggs and coffee? Should that be a good breakfast? Breakfast is the most importnant meal of the day. Right?

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      I could write a whole post about an ideal breakfast, but we’re looking for quick solutions here! The average American eats a terrible breakfast – if any breakfast at all – and eggs are a great source of protein. Replacing your morning carb load with a solid amount of protein will give you an added energy boost.

      Hope this clears things up!

      • Jordyne February 16, 2012 at 6:30 am #

        You should write a whole post about that! I’d read it.

  337. dawnestrehl February 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    “if you only get 1 thing done per day, like I usually do, you actually have something to show for it.” Completely sound advice. So true! Looking forward to more posts. Cheers!

  338. Shannon.Abiteboul February 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Great article. First one I’ve read about making one’s life easier that actually provided practical ways to do so. I applaud you for not regurgitating the same 10 ideas posted elsewhere!

  339. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife February 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    these are all nice reminders, thank you. waking up early and getting exercise done first always makes for a better day

  340. aka gringita February 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I’m sorry, who “proved” this BS about needing a meal with 5 or more people (and once a week no less) to be happy? Another danged extravert, pushing their own agenda, no doubt…

    Other than that though… really a great blog! A lot of these tips can really make a difference in a day. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      I don’t have the study in front of me, but I read it in Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements

      I’ll see if I can dig it up!

    • Rae February 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      I’m going to argue that getting together with a group of friends for an after work drink once every week or two is nice and healthy, but going out to dinner with friends once a week would get way too expensive for me, especially if you see the places that my friends like to dine at.

      • BA Expat February 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

        I’m sure it works just as well if you have dinner at a friend’s house :)

  341. I Made You A Mixtape February 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    get rid of everyting you haven’t worn in 2 months?!?…Well, I’d have to walk around naked in the summer then… LOL! But seriously, I love tip number 2… molehills become mountains so easily…esp. to the queen of procrastination (me). I’ll give that a try…

  342. Rob Rubin February 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I donate all my fat clothes all the time. Helped get me a nice tax refund so I can buy more food…and more fat clothes.

  343. Michael Baturin February 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Good stuff man! I live number 8, 6 days a week and it really does make a huge difference in the rest of the day. Bed by 9:30-wake up 5:30 for an hour intense workout and good breakfast.

  344. Brian Delap February 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Well said sir, when did you become a guru.

    • auprospector February 16, 2012 at 3:36 am #

      wassssssup………. how do i get 1 person to read my blog?

    • Max Paarlberg February 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Delap! your bro is a fucking guru man :)


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