Life management doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, it can feel like one big game.
How you manage your life is how you manage your time, money, weight, relationships, work-life balance, and more.
It’s all connected. Learning what works best for you in one area can immediately be implemented into many other things you’re trying to achieve or improve about yourself.
And just like you get better by practicing and making mistakes in anything, you can master life management. Here are the best ways to do it:
1. Take control of your habits.
It all starts with our behavior. It’s what we do daily and what gets us closer to success, or keeps us away from it.
It’s worth understanding the science of habit forming to know how to break bad old habits and replace them with better ones.
You’ll feel great once you learn how to start new successful behaviors. All that will increase your willpower and confidence in your abilities.
But work on one habit at a time and start small. It’s like a game, really. But if you don’t take control of your habits, they will control you. You can’t afford that to happen if you wanna get better at life management.
Related: Take Control of Your Life by Taking Control of Your Habits
2. Keep failing but learn from each failure.
It’s important to understand something:
Every successful person you’ve ever heard of has failed more times than he has ever succeeded.
We just don’t hear about the defeats that often.
The only way to actually see what works and reach success in something, is to fail enough times so that you gain knowledge and experience and see what doesn’t work first.
Change your attitude towards failure too. Each mistake is a priceless lesson. It’s crucial to keep your hope alive after each and make the most of it.
You’re moving on better prepared. So be willing to try again after that.
There’s also another way to learn what not to do to manage your life – by studying the mistakes of other people and making sure you avoid them.
Read about the successful ones in your field, see what they did wrong and listen to their advice on how to overcome such obstacles.
Seek mentors and ask them what no to do.
Related: How to Benefit from Failure and Turn it Into Success
3. Hack productivity.
To hack productivity is to beat procrastination once and for all, to eliminate your unproductive activities, learn to focus better and get more done in less time.
Once you do that, you’ll get better results, impress others with your efficiency, save time and have more of it for yourself, and be action-oriented.
That means you’ll achieve your goals much faster and will develop the necessary life management skills.
Being productive means being successful. Don’t underestimate it. Work on that, build the right productivity habits and break the lazy ones.
4. Be a lifelong learner.
If you accept life as one big journey and a learning experience, you’ll save yourself a lot of negativism and desperation on the way.
Because that’s what it really is. We are all students of life, know nothing in the beginning, make mistakes and learn from them, educate ourselves, learn from others and grow while doing all that.
So why not take care of the education process yourself, instead of depending on other things (like school, university, society, authorities, information overload, etc.) to do it for you.
I’m all about self-education, and I believe you should be too.
Life becomes so much more interesting once you dedicate it to learning and growing. You expand your horizons, start seeing things from another point of view, are more open-minded and accept what the average person can’t.
Reading is a great way to do all that. But so is traveling, having deep conversations with people, and even turning to your inner self by analyzing your behavior and deepest desires, meditating and journaling your thoughts.
5. Turn your dreams into goals.
Let’s make a game out of this.
I used to have dreams some time ago, then I realized life’s too short for that. If I wanted to have a direction in life and actually live my ideal lifestyle, I had to turn these into specific goals and follow them no matter what.
Here’s my 10-step process.
6. Be strategic.
The people I admire are strategists in life.
They hack life management and do everything better, smarter and faster.
This means trying different techniques all the time and seeing which gives you best results, then doing more of it.
Living this way can turn into one big challenge, during which you’ll not only have fun but be all about personal and spiritual growth.
Related: How to Be a Strategist in Daily Life
7. Take care of your health.
You won’t perform better and think clearly (which are key ingredients of good life management) if you don’t take good care of your health.
First, start with improving your quality of sleep. Learn how to cure insomnia naturally.
Then, start working out and excluding junk food from your menu. Eating habits are hard to change. Give it time.
Your health is important. Protect is. Gradual change is what you need and it gives you the best results in the long-term.
Your future is in your hands. Life management doesn’t need to be boring. Keep that in mind and get better at it.
What will you start with to better manage your life today?
How to Manage Your Life, Be Productive, Balanced, and Create Lasting Fulfillment