11 tips for improving quality of life now

tips for improving quality of lifeSearching for some tips for improving your quality of life, dear reader?

Life’s never been easy but it seems to get tougher with each passing year, doesn’t it?

We’re all constantly juggling the conflicting demands of work and family and trying to squeeze in a little me time whenever possible.

It’s that elusive thing known as work-life balance. Most of us aspire to it but few manage to achieve it.

How would you describe the quality of your own life right now?

This is a question we all ask ourselves occasionally.

A reader asked me recently whether I could offer some tips for improving the quality of life. It’s a subject close to my heart, so I am only too happy to oblige.

So here are 11 memorable tips which I hope will help you improve the quality of your life:-

Top tips for improving quality of life:

1. Keep it simple

There really is a lot to be said for simplicity. Complexity can be stressful. So keep everything in life as simple as possible. Ditch the clutter, buy only what you really need and can actually use, and learn to appreciate what you have rather than fretting about things you think you’d like to have but don’t right now.

Nothing matters much and actually very few things really matter at all.

If you’re lucky enough to have family and a handful of genuine friends plus food on your table and a roof over your head then what more do you actually need?

Keeping life simple will reduce your stress levels and that’s important.

2. Treat people with respect

I believe that only people matter.

Yes having a nice house and a decent car is great but as human beings, we’re social animals.

People are not solitary animals like cats. We live in groups and we need other people in our lives. And the key to having friends is being a friend and treating other people with respect.

Treat everyone as you’d prefer them to treat you.

Not everyone will appreciate that approach of course but the ones that matter most will and surely that’s what counts.

Treat people with respect and generally other people will treat you with respect. And if we could all treat each other with respect then the world would be a better place, I’m sure.

3. Actions speak louder than words

We’re judged by what we do and not what we say.

Anyone can talk a good game but not everyone can deliver real results and deliver them well.

If you want to impress people then it is only your actions that will count. If you can do what you do well then you will be well on your way to achieving success.

4. Ask questions

Intelligent people ask questions.

Never be afraid to ask a question or to request clarification about something.

If something doesn’t sound quite right then don’t be afraid to challenge it.

Ask questions and you’ll learn; fail to ask questions and a life of ignorance lies ahead of you. And 0nly a fool would proceed in ignorance.

5. Look forward; never back

tips for improving quality of lifeThe past has gone and it is important only insofar as the lessons it has taught us and the memories it has given us.

The future’s where we’ll spend the rest of our lives. Therefore we should always be living in the present and looking to the future. And above all our focus should be on forging the future we really want.

Live your life by looking through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.

Remember, the future has yet to be written but you’ve got the pen.

6. Create your own future:

We can’t change the past but we can influence our future.

We can have a vision of what we want to achieve and how we’d like our lives to be. We don’t have to accept what is given to us. We can go out and get the things we really want.

It takes hard work, of course, as well as determination and discipline but it can be done and lots of people do. So why not you?

Create the future you really want and don’t just settle for anything that comes along.

7. Don’t be afraid to change direction if necessary

There will be times in your life when you head off in a particular direction only to find that it doesn’t turn out to be quite what you imagined it would be.

There’s nothing wrong with that, as no one gets it right every time.

From time to time, you’ll make mistakes or perhaps you’ll misjudge a situation. However, once you realize something is not quite right for you then don’t be afraid to change direction, if necessary.

Just take it on the chin, change direction and move on.

Don’t worry about what others might think. They’ll think whatever it is they think but who cares? It’s your life, not theirs.

It’s only what you think that really matters.

If you’re not happy with a situation then it’s better to take action than to live a life that’s a miserable existence because you’re worried about what other people might think.

8. Face your fear and just do it

From time to time we all face challenges in our lives.

They can often seem daunting and more than a little scary.

However, if life was always easy then we’d never grow as people.

By facing up to a challenge we learn and we grow. That’s how we build our character. That’s how we toughen up.

Yes, we’ll make mistakes but it’s always better to have a go and fail than not have a go at all.

Face a challenge and achieve a result and you’ve done something of which you can be truly very proud.

Face a challenge and get an outcome you didn’t really want and at least you’ve learned a valuable lesson. That’s how you build experience. And if nothing else you can be proud that at least you had a go.

Fear is the body’s natural way of warning us to proceed with caution. It’s natural to feel fear but courage is our ability to act despite feeling that fear.

Have courage and face every challenge as it comes. However hard it might appear at first, you’ll be glad you did.

9. Look after your own well being

You can’t enjoy life to the full if you have health problems, can you?

So take care of yourself and look after your health. Eat sensibly, drink in moderation, get plenty of exercise and avoid things like tobacco and other recreational stimulants.

You might think it doesn’t matter but it does.

One puff on a cigarette won’t kill you but the effect of regular smoking will have a cumulative, detrimental effect on your health.

You might think ‘you can handle drugs’ but that’s the wisdom of a fool.

Regular use of recreational drugs will affect you in time. And it is only a matter of time, trust me.

If you don’t look after yourself then no one else will.

10. Learn to manage your time effectively

Time is our most precious resource.

And we all have exactly the same amount of time, 168 hours each week. It’s how we choose to use that time that matters most.

Just because someone wants a piece of your time, it doesn’t follow that you should just give it to them. Allocate your time very, very carefully.

If something doesn’t need to be done, don’t do it. If someone else can do it, let them do it. If it can wait, let it wait. And if it absolutely must be done now, then get on with it.

It is all about your priorities and those actions where you and only you can add the most value. Identify those things that will allow you to be most effective and they will form the basis of your priorities.

11. Have fun; life’s too short

We all need to ensure that we take time out for ourselves occasionally.

We all need a little ‘me’ time; time to recharge our batteries and relax.

Work is important of course, as it gives you a sense of purpose in your life. However, it’s essential that you relax and have a little fun too.

Life’s far too short to be constantly working.

So having a hobby or pleasurable pursuit is a very good idea, as is spending some quality time with the people who matter most to you. Have some fun and make sure that you have it regularly. Your health depends on it.

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