#78 Do something that scares you

You don’t need to go cliff jumping to get an adrenaline rush. Something as simple as attending an event alone can be scary enough. But pushing through fear in small doses can prepare you for the bigger decisions in life.

Yes, you might worry all the way there, but once you’ve overcome a few small obstacles, all the other problems seem to get a little bit smaller too.

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#76 Open a window

Whew! That’s better. If you’re stuck inside a lot of the day, opening a window can be a very easy way to keep yourself sane. Look out of it. Listen to the sounds that come through it. Wave at people on the street below and retreat back in so you don’t have to speak to them. Endless fun!

Stuffy air in an office or home can really bring your energy levels down. If it’s really cold outside, open it just a crack and pull on your warmest layers for that super cosy feeling.

#75 Grow a plant

If you’re anything like me, you kill any plant that you touch. Looking after a little leafy friend can be challenging, but there are more hardy plants out there for those less green of thumb. Spider plants clean the air around them and are nigh on impossible to kill. They even produce little baby spider plants after a while that you can cultivate in a small glass of water.

Not only will your home feel fresher, you’ll also be able to give away a million baby spider plants as presents because they will NEVER STOP GROWING.

#74 Go to an interesting event

What interests you? Whether it’s aquatic life, knitting, or the habits of greenfly in the summer, make sure you serve that interest often. There are definitely other people out there who share your interest, so put some work in and see if you can root them out.

There are so many free events in cities and meet ups out of town that you are sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Who knows? Attending that event might mean you make a vital connection – you could even end up finding a job doing what you’re most interested in. Don’t be afraid to go alone, either. You’ll be more like yourself, so the people you meet will get to know the real you.

#73 Sort out the little shitty bits

That bulb needs replacing. Those socks have a hole in them. The door has a weird splat on it where you spilled your coffee against it. The bathtub needs cleaning. There are so many bits of random crap around the house that you don’t even know where to begin. ARGH!

Everyone gets to this state of overwhelm at some point, mainly because those little shitty jobs seem so unimportant. They lend themselves to the “I’ll do it later” mindset because they don’t have an immediate effect on what you’re doing. Or do they? Add up all the tiny moments of irritation each one causes, and all of a sudden, you have a whole bunch of crap to deal with. Throw out the socks. Make a list of odd jobs and do one thing a day. You will feel better, I promise.

 

#71 Track your sleep

This one can be a little disconcerting. Get an app to track your sleep and find out how much shut eye you really get. You might be surprised by the results (hopefully pleasantly). Sleep is the most important factor for good health, even more so than diet or fitness.

We live in a world that actively promotes sleeplessness, so it can be a battle to get to bed on time. To put it into perspective, Netflix recently revealed thatĀ sleepĀ is their number one competitor. Take baby steps. Even an extra thirty minutes will benefit you.

#70 Write a to do list

If you’re anything like me, you don’t think you need a to do list. You’re a ninja, reacting to things on the fly and smashing deadlines left, right, and centre. Until one day, something crashes out of left field and lands you in a pile of poop.

You are not a computer. You physically can’t remember everything, ever. When you have a lot to do, get into the habit of writing it down and prioritising what’s important and what’s not (for you, not your boss). Make a spider diagram if you want. Just get it out of your head and onto paper.