Does it feel like someone is pressing copy & paste on your days, weeks, and months? You wake up to go to work on Monday- Friday. Then you live your best life on the weekend and on holidays. You crave vacations and off-days like grandma’s famous apple pie, but those are few and far in between.
It’s common to feel burnt out or stagnant when living on a copy & paste routine of busyness. But in life its best to “flow with the tide instead of fighting it.” Since you’re not about to win the lottery (Or maybe you are, I’m no fortune teller) and stunt on your Instagram any time soon, you should embrace little changes that can make your life more pleasant.
Reinventing yourself is essential if you want to unleash your potential and become the person you aspire to be. The truth is, you do not have to accomplish a big task to change the old you; changes come in the little things we do daily.
Just like how seconds turn to minutes, to hours, to days, to weeks, to months and then to years, that is how the little things we do mold our lives. The list below explains practical steps to reinvent yourself each month for the optimal you.
1. Schedule Fun-filled Weekdays
Stop waiting for the weekend to live your life. You can do the things you desire to do during the week. Strategize to do something fun or relaxing every week. You can go bowling with friends, visit the spa, try out new recipes, or finish a book. This will make you look forward to the weekdays instead of struggling until Saturday (Or Friday night in some cases).
At the beginning of each month, make a list of the things you would love to do every week. Again, you don’t have to be dramatic with your list. The little changes count, like scheduling 10 minutes of meditation every day. The idea is to make each week fun and purposeful. Loosen up a bit, just because you are grown up does not mean you should be working for the weekend.
2. Make a To-do List for step 1
In order for step 1 to work, you’re going to have to plan it. Making a to-do list will help you focus on the important tasks of the day or week, including your fun activities. According to psychology, our brains even prefer ordered tasks. Having a list keeps us accountable for sticking to our plans, both the serious and the fun/relaxing ones.
Just start making a list of all the things you would love to achieve that month. But please be realistic about your list to avoid disappointing yourself. Break your list down to week-by-week tasks.
Here is an example of a month with fun weekdays:
Week 1: Have dinner with some friends
Week 2: Take a walk in a new area of town
Week 3: Get a massage
Week 4: Take a cooking class
The goal here is to build your confidence through completing tasks geared toward your increased happiness. Step 1 and 2 are partners in crime when it comes to this reinvention plan.
3. Give to others
Smiles and laughter are contagious; let yours spread like wild fire. You don’t have to be a millionaire or a celebrity to impact others. Major changes start with everyday people, like you and me. You can seek new ways to get involved in your community or serve others around you on a personal level.
It may be a compliment, volunteering at a shelter, or a free cup of coffee for a stranger, etc. The little things we do for people can go a long way for them. Serving a cause greater than ourselves can stimulate purpose and belonging for us too.
4. Start a new hobby
If you want to be a chef, get your butt in the kitchen and crack open some cook books or Pinterest. You want to be a dancer, start with the basics at home or in a class. You want to finish your degree or learn a new language, do it! There are so many free resources available online like blogs and YouTube for anything that you want to learn. Community centers are also a great resource for free education.
Just think of the feeling you get when you mastered a new craft. Hobbies are a great way to positively impact your health. With a simple click of a button, you could be well on your way to either starting a new hobby or revamping an old one. Either way, focusing on a hobby each month allows you to explore your hidden talents or create new ones.
Many people will use “time” as an excuse for not learning a new hobby or tuning up old skills. But all that time you spend on social media and watching TV can be used to invest in your new hobby or revamping an old one. I’m just saying…
5. Participate in a 30-day health each month
Health is the new wealth. There is no point in stacking dollars that we’re going to be too sick or unhappy to enjoy later. Start making changes to your health routine while its still a choice rather than a survival demand caused by poor habits. There are so many options available for improving our health, including many free options.
You can try some new healthy recipes, walk to work, learn meditation, join a fitness club or you can download workout apps and participate in some exercise plans with friends. Our body and mind are our greatest assets, so invest in them thoroughly.
These five ways to reinvent yourself each month will only be useful if you take action to make them happen. You can implement each step one month at a time or all in one month. The choice is yours. There are unlimited resources for you to invest in yourself with.
I hope that you will find these steps as useful as I did when I implemented them in my life. Please feel free to share your experience or if you have any steps that you think I should add drop a comment below.