1. Have a weekly exercise routine.
You feel better and work better when you’re in better physical shape. Do what you can to jog at least 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time. If you don’t like jogging, try to mix it up with going to the gym, swimming, or joining a recreation sports league.
2. Wake up early.
Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been recognized by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, and any other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. When you are up before the world, it lets you focus and check off a significant number of “to-do’s” before the real work day even starts. And when you accomplish tasks, it motivates you to accomplish more!
3. Get a mentor or coach.
I know there are many opportunities for mentors at work, but for this article I want to focus on the idea of how getting a coach for your personal life will improve everything – including work. There’s no faster way to improve than to have someone work with you on your goals. Having someone that will hold you accountable will benefit you in so many ways.
4. Learn chess (or any strategy game).
What better way to improve your logic and strategy skills than playing a strategy game. For me, Chess is fun, relaxing and helps improve visualization and analytical skills. But chess isn’t your only option. You can also learn strategy from other board games or computer games.
5. Stop watching TV.
About 15 years ago I took a two year 100% sabbatical from watching TV… and since then I’ve never really returned. Sure, I watch the occasional TV show, and go to the movies from time to time. But to be completely honest, I very rarely watch TV, and it’s been very liberating. Think of all the wasted time spent on TV and the things you could be doing instead. Time freed up from TV can be used for connecting with close friends, doing work, exercising, etc.