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How To Improve 24 Hours A Day

How To Improve 24 Hours A Day

We all get 24 hours each day, the question is, how much of it are we using to advance our lives forward? Are you spending half of your time watching TV? Are you wasting hours each day on your phone? Or are you the type of person who’s doing something productive 24 hours of the day every day?

When I say 24 hours, I actually mean 24 hours. Let me explain.

Below I’ve categorized a whole range of daily scenarios. Each of the categories below are experienced by most people on a daily basis.

Parts Of Your Day

  • Free Hours
  • Gaps In Schedule
  • 5-15 minute breaks
  • Travelling
  • Conversations
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep

The interesting thing is, it’s not just in your free time or schedule gaps where you can work on yourself. Self-improvement really can be carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it doesn’t have to be a chore either. Let’s see how…

Free Hours

This is where you can do anything you wish, you have time on your side and nothing else to do. Most people get around 4-6 free hours a day, it just feels like less because they sit in front of the TV and let time get away from them.

During these hours you can go to the gym, play sport, work on a business, date and so on, the possibilities are endless.

Gaps In Schedule

These are those golden hours that spring up out of nowhere. You may finish work early, get lucky with traffic or even have a meeting cancelled.

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During these stages of your day, you should have pre-planned activities. Know what can be done beforehand so that when these moments do crop up, you’re not sat around watching the clock. I have a very busy schedule, as soon as I get a free hour I know it’s workout time just in case I don’t get another chance all day.

5-15 minute breaks

These moments come along often, most people will simply sit somewhere and watch the world go by, but this adds up to a lot of lost time. I personally like to use these moments for research. Any topic that has interested me or an issue I have, I search. Eventually, after going back to this topic, perhaps over the period of a few days, you build up a vast knowledge base.

Travelling

Whether by bus, plane, car, bike or foot, travelling is a perfect excuse for audio. Put your headphones in and learn about something new. I’ve probably listened to thousands of hours of audio whilst driving in my life, it’s such an effective tool. Imagine you have a 1-hour commute to work and 1 hour again on the way back. That’s two whole hours of knowledge, research or even lessons every day that can be added.

Conversations

A conversation is an opportunity, an opportunity to test out your body language, human interactions, confidence with women, confidence around other men, manners, elocution and so on. I use to practice my eye contact on everyone I met when I first began learning body language, it kept things interesting and made me better.

Relaxation

You need some time to yourself, but that doesn’t mean things have to stop. You can watch TV and still self-improve. Your bank account may not move much, but your looks could improve greatly. Chew gum and strengthen your jaw, practice mouth posture and drive your maxilla upwards and forwards to make yourself better looking. Practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques. The possibilities are endless. Self-improvement doesn’t always mean gym, money and women. Self-improvement could be something as simple as resting your tongue on the roof of your mouth. In this situation, you’re improving your looks. You see, not a second of the day is wasted.

Sleep

How can you improve in your sleep? Well firstly don’t sleep on your back, it encourages your tongue to fall to the back of your mouth and plays havoc with your jaw growth. Secondly, get an early night, put the technology away, don’t eat sugar before bed. Improving in your sleep happens before you sleep. The preparation is what we’re referring to here. Going to bed at 2am and waking up at 6am is not improving. Going to bed at 10pm and waking up at 6am fully refreshed, looking better and thinking clearly is improvement.

A True Self Improvement Expert

So what does this teach us? That self-improvement really is continuous, and can be done 24 hours a day. You don’t have to be focusing on money all day, or your body and diet all day. Sometimes improvement can be the pronunciation of certain words, mastering deep breathing to lower stress, or even researching the latest trends/products ready to capitalize on an opportunity. Improvement should be summed up as anything that drives you forwards or prepares you to make a major change in the future.

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However, this is only half the battle. A true self-improvement expert doesn’t stop with filling their 24 hours each day, they combine multiple things together at once.

As I’m writing this article I’m improving multiple aspects of my life. I’m improving MSi College (a business I own), I’m improving my writing skills, my intellect has to be getting sharper, I’m breathing deeply, drinking a cup of powerful herbs, listening to a documentary about fashion/business giant Tom Ford and I’m chewing very tough gum. Not to mention that I’m continuously practicing sperm retention, automated money is making it’s way into my bank account and my last meal was a testosterone boosting/healthy eggs and chicken which is probably benefiting my health and appearance as I write this.

You could say that during the time I write this article, I’m actually improving 10 or more areas of my life without really thinking about any except the words on this page. I’m not saying this to brag, it’s just a very easy example to use because it’s real and you guys can easily relate/see it unfold.

Let’s take you through a 24 hour day just to showcase what can be achieved.

Daily Example

Wake-up: No alarm clock, natural light and a glass of water bedside ready to consume. This benefits health and energy.

Morning: Go for a run only 20 minutes or so, whilst listening to a podcast from a successful individual. Get back home and you eat a healthy breakfast combined with an herbal tea. The entire time you’re making sure that your tongue is on the roof of your mouth and you’re breathing deeply.

You get in the shower which has a water filter to prevent chemicals. The water is cold because you’ve read about the benefits of cold showers. You opt for your natural soap because you wish to keep your testosterone levels high.

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Getting out of the shower you dry yourself off, but let your hair air dry in the inversion position. This benefits hair loss, hair strength, blood circulation, mental clarity and removes waste from your body. While upside down you have the speaker connected to YouTube and you’re listening to a top ten fitness tips video from a fitness model.

Morning Part 2: On your drive to work you put your headphones in once again and practice another language. The one hour commute each morning is really beginning to help you learn quickly.

At work you’re forced to get on with your day, but this is fine because it’s increasing your wealth, bringing you closer to major assets and perhaps taking you closer to a promotion. This is all career and financial based. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t chew that gum or get that tongue on the roof of your mouth again. And don’t forget to breathe deeply. You may have your own stuff from home at work, such as your own natural herbs. Mix them up and have a drink, avoid the coffee, this will benefit your health furthermore.

At lunch everyone is going to the burger van around the corner, but you opt for a healthy option and go for a 15-minute walk instead. You’re improving your health once again. You get back to the office and feel a little stressed, if you’re lucky you have your own space and can sit back listening to a guided meditation. This cancels out the stress, makes you perform better and reduces the risk of health concerns.

Afternoon: You continue to breathe deeply, chew gum and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, you’re even practicing the correct swallow technique because you want those male model hollow cheeks by next year. Each phone call that day has you practicing your pronunciation. You’re really focusing on elocution because you’re not a fan of your accent.

During your final break of the day, you sit down with your phone and research all sorts of self-help topics, you may even end up on a website just like this one.

The drive home for most people is stressful, all they want to do is get home. But they’re not you. You don’t mind sitting for that extra 5 minutes because you still have a couple more chapters of that audiobook you’ve been listening to, to get through. This leaves you less stressed and more educated when everyone else is just more stressed.

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You get home, prepare a healthy meal and head off to the gym. At the gym you’re listening to more self-improvement material, perhaps something in the realms of Tony Robbins or TedX this time. After your 1 hour session and a cold shower at the gym, you get back and have that healthy meal ready to eat rather than falling for the cravings trap.

After a long hard day all you want to do is relax. Sitting down with a book is a good idea here, perhaps 30 minutes of extra knowledge gathering is still in the tank.

By this point you’re probably sick and tired of self-improvement, this is where 1 hour of TV, 1 hour of gaming or a date with the girlfriend is perfect. Something that you can enjoy which is relaxing. However, you can still improve. Whilst gaming you can chew gum, posture correctly, breath deeply, swallow correctly and so on. When out with your girlfriend you can select the right healthy meals, improve your relationship and even practice good eye contact with her.

Night: As we discussed the preparation for sleep is the most important part. Start winding down, don’t stay up too late, don’t eat sugary snacks and don’t try and start a new task. Get some good rest and be ready for the next day of improvement. Top tip: Never go to bed on the same day you wake up on. In other words, get to bed before 12.

Conclusion

Now, of course, you don’t have to live like this, this is simply an example of what’s possible. You could fit less into your day, more into your day, or you could copy this exact day. The amount isn’t important because we’re all different, the important part is that you’re using your time wisely. I personally feel lost if at least one aspect of my life isn’t moving forward at all times. Some people are fine with half a day of being motivated and half of the day being more relaxed.

The balance is up to you, just don’t complain in 10-20 years if things didn’t go as planned, it was within your control!

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Last Updated on August 19, 2019

How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

1. Know Thyself

One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

An unexamined life is not worth living.

I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

2. Figure out What Matters to You

What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

3. Play to Your Strengths

Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

4. Listen to Yourself

It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

“If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

6. Make Time for Reflection

It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

  • What went well today
  • Something you’re grateful for
  • What would make tomorrow even better

Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

Arguably the most important step of all:

Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

“I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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