When it comes to appreciating your work and personal life, the first step is realizing how you are approaching both. Are you always in pursuit of something? Are you finding that you are happy when you obtain it, and then unhappy a moment later when you latch onto something new to pursue? While goal-achieving in itself is not a bad thing, what matters more is realizing that there are certain habits you can employ during your daily life that will make put more color and vibrancy into it, instead of always feeling as if you’re never going to reach the finish line.

  • Free yourself of toxic people. It’s been said that a person is a combination of the five people they spend the most time with. If this is true, and there is even one toxic person in your life, you could be up to 20% toxic. Nobody wants that, so do your best to limit your time with people who don’t lend to success in your life.
  • Understand what the “good life” really means. In today’s world, people often think that “he who dies with the most toys, wins.” However, this attitude only demeans your life. Choose appreciation and gratitude over toys; be happy with what is in front of you in the here and now.
  • Get more organized. Easier said than done, certainly, but when you get organized you increase the amount of time you have to spend on important things. Instead of touching paperwork three or four times, you touch it once, and instead of worrying for days about a phone call you have to make, you do it right away to get it over with.
  • Just say no. Accepting every project or invitation that comes along is a fast way to burnout and depression. Practice these phrases to yourself, “I’m not sure I can,” and “I don’t think I’ll be able to.” Once you become used to saying no, it will get easier. But also remember to say yes to as many possible activities that you think you will enjoy for ultimate fulfillment.

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