10 Small Changes You Can Make Today for Optimal Performance

10 Small Changes You Can Make Today for Optimal Performance - Let's Reach Success, Lidiya K

Big results start with small changes. And every little action you take right now affects your future and who you become.

That’s an important thing to keep in mind.

Often people underestimate small changes, steps, achievements or else, just because of their size. But when combined, they transform our whole life in the long-term.

Avoiding sweets just for this one meal may not seem like a big thing for you. But do it many times, and you can lose weight and fix your eating habits without even realizing.

That’s the power of incremental change.

It happens over time, it requires patience and dedication. But the winners in life stick to it instead of indulging in activities and habits that only bring instant gratification.

If you too want to make the most of that powerful law of life, but don’t know where to start, here are some examples of easy adjustments you can try today for a better you in the near future:

10 Small Changes for Big Results

  1. Write down your to-do list the night before.

That takes no more than 5 minutes but will save you so much time and worries tomorrow. Do it in the evening and you can get to work first thing in the morning and thus build momentum.

  1. Get rid of one thing you own.

Donate, give to a friend or throw away something you haven’t used in a long time. Just one thing.

Then, do it again in a few days. This way you’ll get used to the idea of eliminating stuff instead of getting more of them and will see that you feel freer without them.

You’ll also realize that you’ve been too attached to some of your belongings and that wasn’t good for your personal and spiritual growth.

  1. Floss after you brush your teeth for like 10 seconds.

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Do it once in the morning for a start.

You’re using a habit you’ve already developed – brushing your teeth after waking up – to build a new one. That makes it easier to achieve without feeling like you’re making a change.

In the long-term, you’ll improve your oral health, your smile will look better and healthier and you may even have to visit the dentist less often if you make it a habit to floss after each meal.

Related: How Often Should You Floss?

  1. Write down a few sentences in the morning.

Morning pages are a creative success habit that people add to their morning rituals. It serves as a therapy, journal and self-improvement technique.

But those who aren’t really into writing, especially first thing in the morning, can start super small – by just writing down a sentence or a few on a piece of paper (which ideally you will have placed next to your bed the night before).

Soon you’ll find yourself completing a whole page effortlessly. And will feel the many other benefits of morning pages like clearing your mind, becoming more productive, getting to know yourself better and expressing yourself more easily in writing and in real life. There are also health benefits to that.

Check out my book on everything you need to know about morning pages.

  1. Read one paragraph before you go to sleep.

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Reading is still one of the best ways to get inspired, move your brain and learn new things. Plus, it’s a great thing to do that helps you fall asleep faster.

Choose a nice book on personal development, a biography of someone you admire, or even fiction if it makes you feel good and you can read between the lines. Don’t read it online thought as it will ruin your sleep.

Start with one paragraph today if reading isn’t something you do regularly. Once you get used to it, read a few pages.

This way you’ll finish one book in no time too.

  1. Say no.

Most people do many unnecessary things daily, constantly do favors for other people and spend time with them when they don’t want to, or accept offers just because they don’t want to seem rude and offend someone.

Enough of that. It’s preventing you from doing what you should be doing and making the best use of your time. Plus, over time people start using you more and more.

So say no to something you’d usually say yes. Notice the resistance in the beginning and let go of it. Simply say no. You’ll feel like you own the other person an explanation, but you really don’t.

Doing it once will show you it’s possible and you’ll feel more comfortable doing it a second and a third time.

Soon others will respect you more, you’ll have a higher opinion of yourself and will be selective when saying yes or no.

  1. Stop and look around.

We’re always busy, or thinking about the past or planning the future. And as a result we forget to live in the present moment.

But you can become more mindful by learning to stop every now and then, to just look around and breathe deeply. That’s a simple technique that gets you back to the present and lets you pay attention to what’s going on.

  1. Track your time.

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In the end of the day, or after each activity or task, write everything down. Together with how long it took and how you feel about it.

It takes no time. But lets you see the bigger picture of how you spend your time and whether or not you’re productive.

If you review it and see what can be improved, you’ll notice that some activities during the day can be eliminated while you should be paying more attention to others.

Related: How to Do a Weekly Review in Under an Hour

  1. Drink a glass of water right after you wake up.

Most people usually don’t drink enough water and use the excuse of not knowing when to do it.

So start from the moment you leave bed. That’s great for your health as it awakes your metabolism and gets it going.

The productive individuals who live a healthy lifestyle even say they drink a whole liter of water before breakfast.

  1. Put everything back after using it.

When you take something, put it back there when you don’t need it anymore.

That’s a simple organization habit that helps you keep things in order. And you’ll be less likely to search for something because you forgot where you put it.

All these small changes are not only tiny, but also simple and don’t cost you anything. Start doing them today and see how they will improve the quality of your life.

What other little tricks and small changes like these do you know of? Share them in the comments below.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income