by Asymmetry Dev | December 09, 2016
The New Year is slowly nearing and many people are reevaluating their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to start making lifestyle changes. We are going to help make life simple, healthy and organized (sho) with some simple tips and hacks that we have learned over the years. These core principles will help provide a structure that will enhance productivity, efficiency, and happiness.
A simple life has a different meaning and different value to every person. At sho, we believe it means getting rid of clutter and eliminating all but the essentials. In other words after you declutter you are only left with people and things that provide value. Here are the two steps to start simplifying:
This doesn’t sound helpful or useful unless you have some context on how to apply it to different areas of your life. We have created a list of ideas that should help you move in the right direction. Not every tip will fit your lifestyle so choose a few that do and apply them accordingly.
Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them. Stop and ask yourself if what you are working on is worth the effort. Is it helping you achieve your goals? Don’t get caught up in other things, even those that seem urgent, unless they are also important to achieve your goals.
There is too little time in life to waste with insincere people. We should focus time on the people we care about deeply and that care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy. In this new year, identify these people and make a point to connect with them regularly with phone dates, dinner dates etc. It’s all about staying focused and staying connected to those that matter.
“Losing weight,” “exercise more,” and “stay fit and healthy” are the most common New Year’s resolutions for Americans. It’s easy enough to start diet and exercise programs but the trick is to find the one that is sustainable.
It’s important to add exercise into your daily routine to create a healthy habit or it will never get done. We advise minimum 30 minutes 3 times a week, and it’d be great if you can schedule one hour day, 3-5 times per a week. Block your calendar so you don’t try and schedule something else and you stay disciplined.
Switching to a healthier diet sounds easy but it requires self-discipline, determination and creativity to stay on track. Learn to make small tradeoffs to opt for healthier foods rather than the less healthier ones. Control emotional eating and be aware of why diets fail, and make modifications over time. Small wins accumulate to a big win as long as you stay on the course of healthier diet, even if you slip from time to time. Being more aware, compassionate to ourselves and the environment, and resilient with our healthy resolutions… should help you stay on track. Taking an interest in cooking and nutrition will help you find healthy recipes to eat well, and there are tons of healthy recipes that are simple and quick.
Whether it is a physical notebook or a note page on your smartphone, write down everything that needs to get done. Be very comprehensive with the list so there is less mental clutter with things to remember. Even if you can’t get everything crossed off the same day it will help you stay on track and accomplished.
Take your notebook list to the calendar and make sure it’s updated with appointments, events, etc. so you know what’s planned for each minute of the day. Always give yourself at least 5 minutes before each appointment or task, so that you can take a transitional pause and a deep breath, to get yourself fully ready for whatever the next task that comes your way. You may want to utilize the electronic reminder or notification that works for you.Menu Plan for the Day and the Week
Don’t wait until the last minute to think about what to feed your vital body and brain. Try to prepare your weekly meal plan over the weekend, and set 10 minutes aside each morning for pre-planning for the day, so you don’t have to worry about it later. Check your freezer, pull out the meat that is needed, look up a recipe and set everything up so you can have a meal ready at the right time of day.
If you have a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly, you should be in good physical health to carry out day to day tasks. It’s when there are certain areas that you feel might be a bit off, whether it’s energy, sleeping, digestive tract, etc., you may want to look into nutritional supplementation to optimize your performances.
At sho, we look to inspire people to live a simple, healthy, organized life, starting from providing two simple, high quality, vegetarian supplements that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine, a perfect hack for the year-end reflections and new year resolutions.
Sho supplements are gluten free and dairy free, suitable for all lifestyles including a vegan diet.