Every day brings new challenges, which push you to acquire new skills to overcome them. Here are some of the everyday skills you can both learn and work on continuously to help you accomplish great things in 2017.
How To Improve Yourself For 2017
Be More Confident
People who are confident can achieve more in life. They command respect and may even be considered sexy. Be confident but don’t be insensitive.
Improve Your Daily Communication
Take your time when you’re speaking to others. You will have time to think about what you are saying and learn how to get your point across. The same applies to writing – by taking your time when you write, you will reduce grammatical and spelling errors significantly. Communication is important in every aspect of your life, so pay attention to how you speak and write.
Improve your time management
Stop procrastinating: Learn just to do without over thinking what you are doing. If you make a mistake, tell yourself, “so what if I made a mistake, at least it was mine and I learned something from it.”
Manage your time and organize yourself: Manage your time effectively. Make a schedule for your day on your mobile device and plan it so you are not caught off-guard and have a higher level of productivity throughout your day.
Learn or practice hobbies more intensively
Here are a few suggestions on various hobbies that can help you become a better version of you.
Read books: Books help you understand and find out what you don’t know. What better way to improve your writing than to read self-help books?
Learn about cultures and people: Understand and learn about people and the different cultures they embrace. This can help if you are planning to go and live abroad, you will have learned some basic of their culture and will settle in easier.
Learn a new language: If you are going to be traveling somewhere this year, it would be nice to learn the local language of the country you are going to travel to. The quality of your visit will improve drastically.
Learn basic marketing: Basic marketing helps people be aware of what others want from them. You can practice the skills you learn in your personal and professional life and notice a marked difference in yourself and your workplace performance.
Learn to Appreciate And Love Yourself More
Give yourself the time to love yourself. You work hard on a day to day basis, and you deserve to appreciate yourself for the hard work you put in. Here are some suggestions to help you appreciate yourself more.
Meditate: Take time out for yourself and try to take in your surroundings, pray if that’s what you’re into but have some sort of escape to release the stresses of everyday life.
Step away from multitasking: learn how to focus. Do a single task at one time. You will see the effects of better concentration when you do this.
Take time to relax: your body and mind need time to recover. Give yourself ample sleep and try and take moments in between what you are doing (related to meditation) when you feel the pressure of life getting to you.
Become More Approachable
Sometimes, without even noticing it, we can give certain bad energies to people and make it harder for people to approach you. Life’s too short to take it too seriously, so here are different ways to enjoy the presence of others in your life to help you enjoy life even more.
Smile more and learn how to tell a joke: Smiles are contagious and invoke a feeling of warmth in people. Jokes make people feel more relaxed. Try an amalgamation of these to improve your people skills.
Show that you care: Give, and ye shall receive. Show genuine interest in your conversations, and pretty soon you will find people to be more respectful and listen to what you have to say.
All In All, Just Have Fun
These are all suggestions, you know. At the end of the day, you choose what things you think will help you become a better self, and make you feel like you had a better year than you did in 2016. All in all, try to appreciate and enjoy every as much as possible. The most important thing is to have fun and to enjoy every day as though it’s your last.
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1) Get out in nature
You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.
We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.
3) Spend time with friends and family
Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Friends are key to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Do somethingkind for them.
4) Express gratitude
It can make you a better person.
It can make life better for everyone around you.
Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you’re not religious.
6) Get enough sleep
You can’t cheat yourself on sleepand not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. Lack of sleep = more likely to get sick. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically. There is such a thing as beauty sleep.
Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job,enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Here’s how to improve your naps.
7) Challenge yourself
Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.
People who use humor to cope with stresshave better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship. Humor has manybenefits.
9) Touch someone
Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.
10) Be optimistic
Optimism can make you healthier, happier and extend your life. The Army teaches it in order to increase mental toughness in soldiers. Being overconfident improves performance.
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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