29 Days of Small Changes
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The majority of us want to make one change or another in our lives, but how do we get changes to stick? Or when’s the perfect time to try a new thing you’ve been wanting to? What are some small changes to make your life exponentially better? Sometimes change can be uncomfortable, and that’s okay. Breathe and lean into the discomfort. You know yourself best and what’s best for you right now, so pick and choose from these ideas below accordingly. Start anytime, and do as many as or as few as you’d like.
- Put a water glass by every sink and at your desk
- Figure out how much sleep you need and GET IT
- Abandon social media for a day
- Take an alternate route or transportation to work
- Avoid doing emotional labor for others in your workplace
- Get a lynda.com subscription and learn something weird or new
- Buy a houseplant and research how to take care of it (then, take care of it)
- Sit at the bar with a friend and order all the small plates
- Unsubscribe instead of delete unwanted emails
- Try kombucha or kvass to improve your gut’s health
- Have two friends over that don’t know each other, but should
- Start making your bed. A fresh bed is so much better to get in to.
- Get a library card (And use the online request system! It’s amazing.)
- Put a nail file in your car
- Go to the movies by yourself in the middle of the day
- Practice what you’d say if you witness racial or religious discrimination
- Stay home on Friday and write emails to your representatives about what matters to you
- Practice saying, “Hmm, I don’t know.”
- Pay attention to only one reliable news source, once a day
- Try doing breathwork
- Make an effort to check in with your neighbor(s)
- Delete all emails more than 30 days old (and never look back)
- Put five snacks in your work bag
- Put a lamp where you always need one
- Say no to plans that don’t sound fun
- Delete that toxic person from your phone
- Start practicing intersectional feminism
- Try oysters
- Get a fresh notebook—always the best feeling.
If you’re feeling inspired, check out my last post about bettering your everyday life in small and meaningful ways to avoid the dreaded self-help inception.
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Kate O’Reilly can’t follow directions but manages to find plenty of work somehow. Always: good food, multiple beverages, houseplants, loads of affection, and a big stack of things to read. Never: uses the internet to argue or win things. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and you can find her on Instagram daily @cleverkate.