1,000+ Easy Ways to Be Your Best Self

Incorporate these quick tips and you’ll be surprised at the results!

01.16.17
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People think being the best you is this long, epic journey of self-discovery, hard work and therapy. But really, it’s as easy as forming key habits and really sticking to them. Here are a few tips on how to be the best you while exerting little to no effort.

A HEALTHY START

I know you like to wake up at 7 a.m., but exercise is more important than you realize. A quick workout in the morning will make all the difference. 6 a.m. won’t feel as early as you think. Knock that back ten minutes (what’s ten minutes?) to meditate and you’ll be shocked at the sense of calm that pervades your day. Also, it couldn’t hurt to do a little journaling; people so underestimate the value of taking 15 minutes to write down their intentions for the day. If you really want to set yourself up for success, give yourself another 30 to make a quick smoothie (I know the easiest recipe) and toss some stuff into a crockpot for dinner later. I swear it’s so simple you could do it with your eyes closed. So maybe make it 5 a.m. It will feel like nothing.

A PRODUCTIVE DAY

Keeping your energy up at work is really as easy as standing up to stretch for a couple minutes once or twice per hour. It’s second nature to me now, you should try it! You’ll feel your blood flowing more easily right away. It’s also good to bring little baggies of nuts and chopped-up veggies to snack on. This only takes five minutes of prep in the morning – forgot to mention that one! But trust, with emails pouring in all day, the last thing you’ll want to feel is sluggish. By the way – the key to keeping your inbox in order is to literally just deal with every email as it comes. Don’t let them pile up! I know you get hundreds a day, but each one realistically only takes a minute or two. That’s only around 400 minutes of emailing if you think about it.

Your lunch break is a great time to tackle personal to-dos, like writing thank-you notes for anything nice anyone does for you. They are such a quick, thoughtful way to prove you’re a nice person with your shit together, you know? It’s also a great time to go for a walk. Stretch those legs, you deserve it! While you’re at it, maybe give your mom or distant relative a buzz. Keeping in touch with those you care about is probably more important than anything. Nurture those relationships. It’s as easy as picking up the phone whenever you have a free two minutes.

A REJUVENATING EVENING

On your way home, pop by the grocery store for more smoothie, snack and crockpot ingredients. You should keep your fridge stocked at all times. When you finally get home, give yourself time to unwind. How good does that crockpot smell? Scarf this down (but really chew and taste the food — slowing down while eating is key to feeling satisfied) because you’re going to want to throw in your laundry before it gets too late. Those gym clothes don’t wash themselves, am I right? It only takes a few minutes spread out across two hours. Cinch! While that’s running, give your bathroom a quick wipe down. Clean your bathroom every day and you never have to clean your bathroom, right? It only takes 10 minutes and you’ll thank yourself later. So easy.

Nighttime is for you. Practice a hobby or learn a new skill! Life is not all about work. All it takes is a little dedication – 30 minutes a day – and you’ll be doing your future self an unbelievable service. Fulfillment is about discipline and scheduling, if you think about it. Then hop in the shower and treat yourself to a hair mask. Do this once a day and your hair will never be the same, not kidding. While that sits (it should take an hour, but you don’t have to do a thing, it does all the work for you!), plan your outfit for tomorrow. It’s so much easier to make these kinds of decisions at night. It will really only take you ten mins, swear, and your morning tomorrow will be a real breeze.

After you’ve grocery shopped, quickly cleaned, popped in some laundry, jumped in the showered, thrown on a face and hair mask, taken a minute to plan your outfit, practiced your hobby for a bit, done some easy meal planning for tomorrow, meditated again, journaled about gratitude and full-body dry brushed, make sure to power down your phone and computer. No screens before bed! This is a no-brainer. Make sure you’ve done absolutely everything before you do so. All this should allow you to hit the hay around 4 a.m., which gives you a solid hour of sleep until you have to wake up. You’re going to feel amazing!

Illustration by Ericka Hamburg via Getty Images.

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  • Harling Ross

    This is the most I’ve laughed since Salt Bae

  • This is pretty hilarious because I know of no one who can do all this sh-t in real life and I think that was the point? Recognizing and accepting the fact that there is no way that you can have it all and have it all together all the time is truly life-changing. There will always be that email you forgot to reply to, that ingredient you forgot to throw in the pot because you were rushing while cooking, that friend or relative whose birthday you forgot about. It’s life and we should just do the very best we can. As for the stuff we didn’t get to? Well, there’s always tomorrow. Thanks for the laugh, Haley!

    An’Drea | On Starting a New Job and Experiencing Self-Doubt

  • Jessica Burdick

    This was SO VALIDATING. I cannot do all that shit!

  • Amelia Diamond

    hahaah this is amazing haley. “a real breeze!”

    • Haley Nahman

      It really is!

  • After reading the first half of the first paragraph I was so confused and was really hoping it’s a satire. Thank god it is!!!!! This is so great Haley.

  • Classic ending 😉

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Ha, totally thought this was real because I can’t count the number of articles I have read that sound like this and are 100% serious. Also, so tired of the insanely long lists! “52 easy and super healthy recipes!” “36 make-up hacks to make your life SO easy!” “67 ways to practice gratitude”

  • SO EASY

    • Haley Nahman

      I KNOW!

  • oh you’re so good. not sure why, but “little baggies of nuts” really made me giggle.

  • Alessia

    haha, loved this!

  • garliclovers

    fantastic- would love an ongoing self-care series xx <3

  • meliss

    for some reason i didn’t catch on that this was satire until the last line of the last paragraph. clearly, i’m new to Man Repeller

    • Haley Nahman

      Hahaha no way that was the point

  • Chiara Settineri

    wow this is so great

  • I’m so glad someone has finally written this! There is no way you can do all of the things that you’re “supposed” to do and have a life and sleep. It’s just impossible. Thank you thank you thank you

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • Amy Mills

    wow was so worried this was a real life haley nahman testimony…should’ve known from the beginning that the overuse of exclamation points meant that it was too good to be true. smh i’m getting rusty

    • Haley Nahman

      lol Amy

  • Serena

    One of the best pieces of satire I’ve read about “being better”! It took a few lines to click but then I laughed and laughed all the way to bed!

    • Serena

      “full-body dry brushed” – LOL!

  • Meg S

    I knew you would never actually suggest that I get up at 5 a.m. Right?

    • Haley Nahman

      Never, sleep bb

      • Meg S

        Sleep makes me my best me. And by my best me, I mean my resting bitch face is kept to a minimum.

  • Samantha Lee

    Hahaha, being an adult is truly so hard.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  • Pure gold, grl.

  • Laura

    THIS just made my day, so thank you. At first I wondered where the 1,000 things were, as I scrolled to find only 3. By the time I read your suggestion to wake up at 5 AM because it will “feel like nothing,” I got the joke. 😉

  • kate

    “Right? If you think about it? So easy!” Genius.

  • Hannah Cole

    All I’m saying is, I wish I had made that collage — in my life fulfillment time…

  • Anne Dyer

    I propose a mom version. Just add cleaning potty accidents, making lunches with absolutely no peanuts, talking young beings off the ledge of anxiety attacks hourly and toddler friendly crafting daily. Oh! And make sure you find time to just be sexy for your husband. Obviously.

    • Haley Nahman

      AND PLENTY OF SOCIAL OUTINGS

  • aini

    Knew this was a satore since the very first headline! Anyway, thank you for giving me a validation that it is okay not go have it all

  • Yekaterina Vysokovskaya

    There is a common sense in every you wrote. Ehh, waking up at 6 a.m. is so hard, though. But as Buddha said: “The trouble is, we think we have time”.

    BeautyMarkLady

  • Elizabeth

    HAHAHA this actually made me feel so much better

  • Kimberly Capron Gonzalez

    This is so massive. So perfect. I feel better now. Thank you.

  • Jeanie

    I though this was hilarious! Then I realized, good god… I’ve tried all of these thing! At one point or another I’ve tired to incorporate all of these into my routine. Except I cook on the stove and my “hobby” is personal projects relating to my career. No wonder I have such a hard time getting these habits to stick! Oh… I gotta laugh at myself.

  • Oh crap, I totally fell for it haha. Only started to think “wait, this is a bit much” when you advise the daily hair mask! Genius

  • This stressed me out I need to go vision board for a while.

  • Benita Berry

    typo: rejuvenating*** not “rejuvinating” :0

  • Michelle

    you forgot to add seeing friends to this, maybe during your lunch break?

  • Molly D

    “practiced your hobby for a bit” hahahahha

  • Alanis

    Haha I thought this was real until the end too! I started getting exhausted just reading about all those things to do!

  • Audrey Fromson

    Putting the second L in LOL
    Just surprised you didn’t account for the good ‘ole floss!

  • Ana Luisa Alves

    And here I was thinking that I was failing at everything Looool

  • Jessica

    i love it! it also hilariously captures the motivational lingo that is used in such self-improvement posts. love.

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    Throw some “stuff” in a crockpot!!!

  • Becca

    HAHAHA I love this and actually lol’d. I kept rolling my eyes and also thinking about all the times I’ve tried to do all of this. I am very envious of people who actually have this routine. Maybe some day I will but right now its just baby steps. Like trying to do laundry before i run out of underwear and stealing leftovers from my parents house so I don’t have to cook.

  • Abbey

    I keep this piece open as a tab on my phone and read it like once a month when I need a pick me up because I just think it’s the funniest! Bravo Haley! Also every time I read it I’m like “dang I SHOULD try to meditate daily” haha

  • You’re my writing goals.