Six Life Hacks You Cannot Afford To Not Pay Attention To

“Make your book of life a musical. Never abandon obligations, but have fun leaving behind a colorful legacy. Never allow anybody to be the composer of your own destiny. Take control of your life, and don’t allow limitations implanted by society tell you how your music is supposed to sound — or how your book is supposed to be written.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
 
 
 
Hello loves — welcome to the last month in 2016, you made it!

So it’s December. 🙂
Everyone’s favorite holiday (right?) is approaching, and so I thought to dish out a little something I’ve been thinking upon as we step into the weekend and all of the festivities approaching (and is it just me or was this week freakishly fast?)

Anyways, it’s going to get pretty crazy for a lot of us soon, and then December 31st is going to stroll into our faces and we’d start to plan out how we’d like the next year to work.
Right?

Well I’d say it’s never too early to make those little adjustments that always go a long way.

And so here are six pretty important pointers that go a really long way towards our productivity and happiness in general and if you haven’t been taking any of these seriously, I truly hope you attempt to:

 
1. No. You do not have to wait for *insert those special dates* to do and feel all things awesome.
Okay, so you know how incredible the feeling is — waking up on Christmas morning, or on your birthday, on the 1st of January to a brand new, squeaky-clean morning and new year?
You know how giddy we feel on the insides?
You know how you get up on those days, energetic and full of life and ready to seize this day?

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You also know it’s your mind at work, don’t you, and you can spread all of that positivity to every other day?
Because your head knows it’s December 25th.
But you can feel that way on the 8th of April too.
Feel it on August 13th as well.
On the most random days.
Let’s start telling our minds the right things.
Like: “Hey, it’s the second day in December. You’ve seen 336 days already. And you’ve been such an amazing soul to have gone through all those days. Let’s see what this one has in stock and let’s actually look forward to doing great things with it. Okay? Okay.”
Don’t wait for special dates to be grateful for life, don’t wait for special dates to spread love and to do something amazing, don’t wait for special dates to set resolutions for your life, don’t wait for special dates to realize how insanely blessed you are to be seeing another day.
You deserve to derive fulfillment from more than two, three, five days in a year.
More like every single day.
 
2. To daydream / think / plan and to work towards them are not the same.
Don’t waste all your time on the first.
Did you read my post on my love for daydreaming and how I learnt to turn it down a bit?
Well, I hope you know how to too.
It’s easy to dream the day away, to make wish-lists and to think we’ve actually done something.
But nope.
See all that energy you put into thinking and daydreaming?
Invest into working.
All that zeal that’s cooking up all those wonderful events in your head? Redirect it into energy to bring them to reality.
You don’t want to waste all of your days planning and thinking and imagining.
Nothing happens that way.
 
3. The ones you surround yourself with are everything — literally!
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I cannot even fully emphasize how surrounding myself with confident, sassy, gorgeous, fierce (and a tiny bit crazy!) people as best friends helped me kill the timid and scared part of me to a massive extent.
You’re just as good as the people you call your friends — finding the right ones would make much more difference that you’d ever expect.
 
4. There would be things in life you’re just going to have to do for yourself — you’d need to always be ready with that mindset.
There are days you’re going to have to trust your own intuitions and have to handle your own business yourself.
You’re going to have to be ready and capable.
Because it’s your life here.
And because, truth of the matter is,you won’t always have others and a lot of us become incapable and become lost because we forget this one thing.
Like someone said, if you’re going to be happy in life, you’re going to have to be alone and not be lonely.
And like Sheryl Sandberg said:
“Taking risks, choosing growth, challenging ourselves, and asking for promotions (with smiles on our faces, of course) are all important elements of managing a career. One of my favorite quotes comes from author Alice Walker, who observed, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Do not wait for power to be offered. Like that tiara, it might never materialize. And anyway, who wears a tiara on a jungle gym?”
Strengthen yourself daily for those days.
 
5. If you’re going to do something, know exactly what you’re going to do. EXACTLY. Please. It’s important.
You got this.
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Soon, new year resolutions would start raining into our heads.
Don’t tell yourself you want to start working out.
Be specific.
Why do you want to? How do you plan on doing this? How many hours per day are you going to be investing? What could be possible hindrances? How do you plan on cutting them off right now?
Plan. Be precise. Break things down. WRITE THINGS DOWN.
 
6. As much as we adore the smooth, easy going, perfect days, the days that are tough and that are tasking and that are demanding are just as important.
The days that we’re down in the dumps help us appreciate the days that go great.
The days we’re sick or we’re stressed or we’re exhausted help us appreciate the days we’re perfectly alright.
What’s my point here?
The sweet and the bitter both make up life.
I know, the hard days are hard, but understand they’re here because life is showing us something, teaching us, grooming us, strengthening us.
And they too shall pass.

 
We are capable of living lives that would bring us utmost satisfaction if we’re willing to work on some of the little things, from right now.
Are you?
I do hope you start with these.
 
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I hope this Christmas brings forth plenty of beautiful memories, darling blog reader.
Have a beautiful weekend — sending my love as always!
 
Deliciously Yours To Savour,
Ima | LemonsLemonade.com.

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  • Really good advice, and it gives me a lot to think on too 🙂

    • Thank you Angela, I truly hope it does!

  • I like #1. I think we get stuck in the holidays dates, but we definitely can make everyday special.

    • I’m glad you see it that way too, Erlene.
      It’s something I recently learnt too 🙂

  • Haha my favourite is “Oh it’s Monday so this is the only day I can start a new exercise or health regime”. December is finally here! This month is even more hectic for me as it is my birthday as well. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    • Aww happy birthday in advance, darling.
      Wishing you a fantastic Christmas as well!

  • I always enjoy reading your posts. 🙂 These are some excellent tips here. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Briana, I’m glad you think so!

  • I am huge fan of life hacks its amazing what little things you can do to make life just a little easier stuff you would never think of

    • Yup, the little things could go a really long way too 🙂

  • Ola

    I agree with your statement about not waiting until a particular holiday, birthday, etc to do something. We are so conditioned to wait for national or globally recognized dates to do things, that I think people forget to just live.

    • I know right?
      It’s rather sad a lot of us don’t see how we’re holding ourselves back this way.

  • These are great tips. Definitely need to utilize some of them.

    • I hope you can, thank you for stopping by Ashlea.

  • Lovely post. Very inspiring.

  • The picture of minions is exactly how I feel about December. The one you surround yourself with – it’s my husband. Love him to pieces. xx Very good tips. xx

    • Aww that sounds absolutely wonderful.
      Thank you for reading 🙂

  • What great advice! I hope you also have a wonderful Christmas. I am looking forward to it.

    • Thank you Amber,I wish you the same 🙂

  • You’ve got really good tips here! Will definitely try these one of these days. 🙂

    • I hope you do, thank you for stopping by!

  • Great post! Very inspiring. I really enjoyed reading it.

    • I’m glad you did, thank you Tasheena!

  • I agree dont wait until a drain time to start a goal. Start today and keep going!

    • Yesss, there’s never a time better than right now!

  • I like this. It’s all about having a plan and staying focused. Peoplease supporting you are who you need to listen to but bottom line is we are in charge.

    • Exactly.
      We are in charge, and it’s so important to remember that.

  • Hmmm… Very profound read.

  • Planning on a better organization of my life in general; too much to do and only one person to do it but, I still need to take a step back and enjoy everyday I can just for what it is. Thanks for the read; it was actually very soothing for me.

    • You’re very welcome Michelle, glad it was helpful 🙂

  • We agree about tough days being beneficial. We travel a lot and much of it isn’t smooth and perfect. But it is always so rewarding in the end.

    • Yup, those days are the ones that grow us.
      Thank you, Travel Ninjas!

  • Love your thoughts here, especially great to think about this time of year! So many expectations! Have a great holiday season!

    • Thank you Patrica, have a great holiday season too!

  • Two sayings that I’ve learned over the years: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” – Henry Ford and “Have a good day –unless you’ve made other plans” – author unknown.

    Not saying that I abide by these on a daily basis, but the days that I can remember them, and to put my troubles into God’s hands, are great days.

    • Those are some of my favorite quotes as well — and for every day I remember them, it’s one day better than the last for me too 🙂

  • Yes! I always tend to want to wait until another week or another month. When my “slate is clean” and I can start over. Turns out I can always start over the next day. When the sun rises again.

    • Exactly , why put on hold what you can get to right now?

  • I think the older you become the more you realize how precious life is and the people you surround yourself with truly are the important things. My mom always says, “Love People, Not Things because things can never love you back! If we are not enjoying life there is sign that something needs to be changed and we have to want the change. Satisfaction comes when we have learned to be content with who we are! Merry Christmas to You and May Love and Peace fill your home!

    • Aww thank you for such a beautiful feedback, darling 🙂 🙂
      And your quote is so on point — very well said.
      Sending my good wishes to you too, Sheila!

  • Mytha

    Love the advice. It is so true, bumps on the road truly help us appreciate life! Happy Holidays!

    • That’s what they do!
      Thank you Mytha, and happy holidays to you 🙂

  • Yes to number 5! Super important 🙂

    • Yup, it is.
      Good to know you agree, Tyler!

  • This is truly inspiring especially as many of us make resolutions that we never keep. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • You’re very welcome Apolline Adiju.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • So many great items on your list. I definitely agree about putting goals in writing, and it’s so fun to make every day special…not just the big ones. We have to count our blessings every day and be happy to be alive! 🙂 I like surrounding myself with positive people, too.
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Yup, positivity is so infectious!
      Thank you for reading,Erin 🙂

  • I love these, but most of all the first one! It’s all in our heads and the ways in which we use them

    • Yeah, it sure is.
      And if it’s up in our heads, that gives us so much power over it already!
      Thank you for reading.

  • I love this list!! So important to make sure you keep day dreaming and setting new goals.

    • Exactly, it’s super important.
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • I will have to work more on #5. 🙂 Very nice post!

    • You’re welcome Milica
      I’m glad you think so 🙂

  • Great reminders of things that are so easily forgotten. I’m a goal oriented person and it has served me well.

    • That’s good to hear Jill, and thank you!

  • I am in agreement with all of them especially #5 you really need to know what you’re going to do if you’re going to do it. lol

    • Yup, being specific and concise is so helpful for me in particular!

  • Ana

    Great advice! I love the holiday season and feel like the Minions in the first pictures. I totally agree with all your points but most important is we need to make ourselves feel special every day of the year, not just any particular holiday or celebration!

    • That’s true.
      Let’s stop waiting for specific dates 🙂

  • Excellent points! I so agree that the people we are surrounded by are literally everything and our whole world!!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Very true.
      Like they’d say, I’d friends would make or break us.

  • What a great read! This is so true!!! We need to learn how to be positive and happy even if its not a holiday or birthday! This article spoke to me because its the core of my beliefs <3

    • Aww
      I’m so glad it did.
      Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.

    I completely agree, without the hard days, we won’t be able to appreciate the good ones more! These are all great reminders of what life should be like.

    • We cannot possibly.
      Thank you Elizabeth 🙂

  • I would love to give you a high five for this super accurate post! We can’t ignore things this good because it’s what makes life better for us. This post is a good reminder for us all.

  • Se manifique! Loved each and every life hack. especially about those you surround yourself with.
    Such brilliant insight and wisdom shared.

    • Thank you Enricoh
      I’m glad you think so 🙂

  • These are great tips. I can always use more life hacks!

    • Thank you Roxy, good to hear that 🙂

  • I cannot agree with you anymore on the whole who you surround yourself. It’s so important to remember that some people will drain you. And that’s never a good thing during the holidays.

    • No it’s not.
      Like my best friend would always say, just because you don’t want to be lonely doesn’t mean you should surround yourself with the wrong people.

  • Number one and three are so correct. People truly do rub off on you; surrounding ourselves with happy motivational people certainly makes a world of difference. Great post as usual

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    • I know,right?
      It’s such a simple yet powerful act!

  • YES!! You’re so right! Now, to start setting some goals…

  • Nifesimi

    Good…I like it

    • Thank you darling, I’m glad you do 🙂

  • Excellent advice as always. Enjoy your holiday season. Merry Christmas.

    • Thank you Valerie.
      Merry Christmas 🙂

  • CourtneyLynne

    Great advice!! Perfect time to read something like this since I’m planning next years goals!!!

    • I hope this helps a lot in 2017 then 🙂

    • And I hope this helps plenty in 2017 then 🙂

  • Number 6 resonated with me this week, Just had a tough week. Over the time I have learned to tough times are meant to be there so we can appreciate the good ones, but more importantly they push us to expand, grow and consider larger prespective. Enjoy your holiday’s

    • Perfectly said Wael
      Those truly are the days that grow us.
      Happy holidays 🙂