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5 Tips for Customizing Your Life

We recently crossed over the halfway point for the year, which makes it a good time for reflection. How are you living your life? How do you feel about friends, family, work, community, home, and YOU? As we descend into fall and winter, you can consider these five tips for customizing your life.

1. Reflect on How Far You’ve Come

One of the best things you can do to tackle future goals is to recognize those you’ve already achieved. Even if you haven’t established goals per se, it can be helpful to celebrate your wins and victories, even if they’re seemingly small.

Surely you’ve found success in life’s many arenas. So spend some time to think about how you’ve come with regard to:

    • Family
    • Friends
    • Intimate relationships
    • Career
    • Living situation
    • Fitness
    • Healthy eating
    • Spirituality
    • Regular habits
    • Growth and development
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Self-care practices

 

This could be as simple as acknowledging that you return your library books when they’re due or pay all bills on time. Three cheers for you if you’ve been cutting down your screen time. Even a grocery cart full of healthy foods should be celebrated!

2. Rank Priorities

By reflecting on what you’ve achieved in life, you may also become aware of areas that could use a little prioritization. Maybe you feel happy with your healthy eating habits but realize that you haven’t been exercising as much as you’d like.

Now’s the time to put those into focus so that you have a better chance of making them happen. Even better, have a physical way of documenting your life’s priorities. If you’re ready to put your wellness first, write a “declaration” in your journal or scatter wellness-related goals on sticky notes around your home.

3. Envision The Future

While your priorities might provide an idea of the “future you,” you can also take the time to refine and build upon that. If you haven’t done a 5- or 10-year plan, enjoy the longer and cooler nights with a glass of wine or cup of tea and start to jot some ideas down. For something a little more creative, a vision board may be a better idea.

4. Make Necessary Adjustments

It’s no secret that humans are habitual creatures. Much of life is driven by routine. It takes about 20 years for us to develop our personalities—and in doing so, you also adopt behaviors and habits that may stay with us for a lifetime.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t change those habits, behaviors, or routines. If the previous three steps helped you realize that certain habitual or behavioral traits don’t align with your best self, you could take steps to unlearn them.

Changes won’t happen overnight, but recognizing these habits or routines is an excellent first step. It might take a while, so break down your goals into smaller, more achievable elements. Don’t forget to celebrate small victories!

5. Get Okay with Saying “No”

Now that you know where you’ve been and where you eventually want to be learn how to set boundaries around the things that won’t help you achieve your goals. Are there people or situations that might hinder your growth? Are you a “yes” person who always regrets agreed-to plans?

Saying “no” doesn’t require explanation or justification, but if you’re feeling a little uncomfortable, that might help. You can frame your thoughtful refusals with a bit of rationale, like:

  • “No, that, unfortunately, doesn't line up with my current priorities.”
  • “Thank you for your invite/suggestion, but I’m aligning with my goals, so I’ll have to say no to that.”
  • “No, thank you, I’m committed to focusing on ______ right now, and that might get in the way.”

 

Keep Moving Forward

Just as time is constantly progressing, so are our lives and goals. The job of becoming better versions of yourself is never complete, so have fun in the process. Blix will be here to help you keep moving forward, both physically and as the authentic YOU.