In this modern age, we are often too busy with work, school, or bills. We never have time for ourselves, and when we have free time, all we do is watch TV, sit daydreaming, or clean the house. We only live once, so we have to go out into the outside world, start living for real, and do things that make us feel whole.
Method 1 of 4: Finding Out What Makes You Happy
Step 1. Take care of the relationships in your life
It's easy to underestimate and not appreciate the presence of the people you love. Yes, friends and family are the ones who help us through the tough times, but they're also there in the good times-the problem is, we don't always realize it. Show them you care.
- Bring flowers to your mother for her birthday. If you're an automotive savvy and your friend's car has broken down, try offering your help. Small gestures of affection like these can make those closest to you feel very special.
- When you are in conflict with your loved ones, try to deal with it nicely. Giving up and walking away is not the path to happiness! Sometimes it can be as simple as accepting ideas or opinions that differ from yours. Your loved one will most likely realize that it is not easy for you to accept this, and will appreciate yourself more.
Step 2. Take action
Don't just think about what you want to do with your life. Get up and do it! You have a responsibility to make things real in your life, not someone else's. Many people regret at the end of their lives for not daring to act. Don't let yourself be one of them! The key is action.
However, don't take more than you can afford. You might have to back off halfway. Just slowly. Consistent small steps are how you can achieve big goals in life
Step 3. Focus on the areas you don't care about
Do you like a clean and tidy environment, but your own room is a mess? So start creating a beautiful environment for yourself, then invite your friends over when you're done! Did your art teacher at school comment on your beautiful art? But sadly you haven't produced any more work after graduation, even though you might want to. So now buy paint and brushes, and start painting what's in your head!
Step 4. Divide your time well
Each day, make a list of the three most important jobs (PPP) that you must complete for the week. Then make another list of smaller, less important tasks that, if you don't do them, could be difficult for you next time. For example, writing a short letter, replying to an email, making a phone call, completing a report, etc. Leave some time at the end of the day to get all of this done at once (say 4:30 p.m.). After making the list, start working on your PPP for the day, and when the time comes, work on the smaller tasks.
- Towards the end of the day, see what you still need to do. Pass these small jobs to the list for the next day, and continue to focus on your PPP.
- This method ensures that most of your time is not wasted on tasks that are not as important as the priorities in your life.
- Like anything new, this method takes time to perfect, but stick with it. Eventually, you'll become a master at managing your own time, instead of letting your time rule you.
Method 2 of 4: Learning New Skills and Hobbies
Step 1. Take on a new fitness challenge
Consider following a 30-day fitness plan (30-day fitness challenge). This is a great way to supplement your usual exercise routine. Most fitness plans only take 20 to 30 minutes each day to complete, but you will still be more active than usual. The reason why a 30 day fitness plan usually has great results is because it follows the 5 SMART principles, which means specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound).
- Try a planking challenge, kettlebell swing, or pushup. You can choose for yourself based on which part of the body you want to train the most. However, remember that a 30-day fitness plan doesn't work to replace your normal routine. In theory, you should still be doing what you already do regularly. You may be sore at first, but then, you will have no more trouble following these two routines. Plus, your body will be much fitter.
- The following is an example of how to apply the SMART principle with a kettlebell:
- Specific – I'm going to do a 30 day fitness plan using a kettlebell.
- Measurable – I will do 500 swings over 20 times in 30 days to reach my target of 10,000 swings total.
- Achievable – I will achieve my goal by dividing it into 5 rounds, each with sets of 10, 15, 25, and 50 repetitions.
- Relevant – I want to strengthen my midsection, and this is one of the best ways to do it.
- Time-bound – Target alone is to hit 10,000 swings in 30 days.
- Consider training for a small race or similar event. It has become a popular form of exercise with too many advantages to list. Signing up for events like these can help you stay in shape, test your competitive nature, train your discipline, and give you the opportunity to meet lots of people. If you've never entered a race like this before, you might want to try a short race, or participate in a road event. Find a running race like this, then train every day or every two days for 30 days, and enter the race.
Step 2. Volunteer for a meaningful organization
Volunteering can give you new skills, as well as practice the ones you already have. It's also a great opportunity to meet new people. You will participate in meaningful activities with people who have the same concerns as you. More than that, you can help bring about change in your area of interest.
- Consider working with children. There are many fields that you can dive into here. You can participate in youth groups, become a mentor, help out in juvenile prisons, or work in Boy Scouts. This can be a good move if you plan to become a teacher or work in a youth-oriented field.
- Take your time to help out at your local animal shelter. If you want to feel contentment and joy, do this. You will be very happy to see how a skinny little dog looks at you when you bring him food. You could also work for fundraising-a much-needed area of animal rescue, or train as a veterinarian assistant, or work in the field picking up stray dogs and cats. As the benefits are endless, the options are endless.
Step 3. Get creative in your kitchen
Your friends and family will surely be thrilled with your new hobby. You can make sweet jams, fresh pickles, or become a cupcake specialist. Once you've mastered the recipe, you may be able to enter a cooking competition or participate in a food festival in your area.
- You can also create a cottage industry. For example, in America, home brewing has become a popular hobby. They can make a beer, even a good one, for a fraction of the price of a commercial beer. In America, home brewing has come a long way since it was first legalized in 1979. (A single-person household can produce 100 gallons a year, whereas a family can produce 200 gallons). Over the years, the technique of brewing beer at home has been perfected, and the variety of equipment and ingredients available has produced great results. Today, the art of home brewing is very sophisticated.
- Opening any production in your own home can be a great opportunity for you to experiment at will.
- To learn what manufacturing technique you want, you can search for books on this or look on the internet. Each guide will describe a different procedure, however, most recipes usually bring equally good results.
- Finding materials and tools to make anything today is not as difficult as it used to be. In fact, there may even be a store that specializes in providing the tools you need near where you live. Otherwise, you can get anything by post.
Step 4. Find out about your family tree
This interesting topic is called genealogy. There are many genealogy courses you can try online that will teach you how to research your (or someone else's) family history. It may take some time to get it right, but when it's done, it can be a treasured keepsake for your family. It can also be a unique gift for your relatives. You can research as far as you want, there's no limit!
- Remember that you need to pay attention to detail and act like a detective to be able to do thorough and accurate genealogy research.
- Start writing down what you already know about your family. Start with yourself, then enter as much information as possible. Keep important stories and information about your family by creating a generation-by-generation family tree. Record your wedding and death dates, names, birth dates, and any other facts you know.
Method 3 of 4: Confronting Opportunities and the People You Meet
Step 1. Take risks
No successful person reaches the top without facing their shortcomings and failures. Winston Churchill didn't get promoted when he was in fifth grade. Oprah Winfrey was once deemed not thin enough to appear on television. Colombia Pictures doesn't think Marilyn Monroe is pretty enough, and Walt Disney just doesn't have enough imagination! Even so, not one of them just sits idly by and frowns in the face of these shortcomings. They keep going and making their dreams come true, and so can you!
Step 2. Get to know new people
Join groups that share your interests, such as chess or vegetarianism. When you find someone you'd like to get to know better, casually ask about something related to your current situation. For example, is this cheese for vegetarians? Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people. This gives you a chance to get out of your normal routine, and besides, helping others can also make you feel good.
Step 3. Learn to tolerate uncertainty and rejection
For whatever reason, someone may not want to know you, and you'll never know why. Don't take it to heart, because they don't know who you are anyway. It may be that they are of a certain religion or ethnicity who are taught to make friends only with people from their community.
Step 4. Try things you don't understand, even if you have to fail
Failure is not a problem. Failure is a way of learning what can be done and what can't. Whether it's an inspiration, a blind date, or a sudden career opportunity, give it a try and consider this an opportunity for growth. Too many people live in fear, and never know how great they are!
- Most people have too many opinions. Consider what they have to say, but you don't always have to trust their opinion of you. Often, what they say is just a projection of their own fear!
- A lot of people don't mind being invisible and not going against other people's opinions or anything. Even so, in their hearts, they are people who expect positive change. Don't get lost in the crowd. Be yourself, as long as you are not harming others or yourself.
- The most important thing is that you've tried. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone, so give yourself a little credit! There are many people on this planet. In the end, you can definitely find your own group.
Method 4 of 4: Stroll to Cheap Interesting Places
Step 1. Set aside two weeks to visit a developing country, such as Thailand, Vietnam, or Laos, for only around IDR 7,000,000,00 or less
Although there are many famous expensive tourist destinations in the world, these three countries you can still visit even if your funds are limited. You can visit one of them for two weeks for only seven million rupiah, not including plane tickets. With this amount, you can already get accommodation, drinks and food, transportation, and other expenses while you are there.
- Thailand is becoming a popular tourist destination for good reasons. There you can find cheap places to eat and accommodation, inexpensive train and bus costs, beautiful beaches and mountains, and the modern metropolis of Bangkok. All of this makes Bangkok the perfect travel destination for those looking to travel on the cheap.
- Vietnam is another tourist destination that you can enjoy with limited money. Vietnam is a very beautiful country with many interesting things for you to enjoy. The accommodation is inexpensive while still comfortable and clean, the food is one of the best and cheapest in the world, and if you travel by bus you can save a lot.
- As a backpacking destination, Laos' popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, but the cost of visiting there is still affordable. This beautiful country is known for its laid-back lifestyle and stunning scenery.
Step 2. Quit your job and go for a walk
Ask yourself, do you like what you do? If the answer isn't a loud and passionate YES, then maybe it's time for you to do something else! First, sell everything you don't really need. Second, save money as much as at least a month or two of your salary. And third, you can volunteer, teach a language you speak online, or teach in a real school in a developing country.
- Believe it or not, there are many companies, people, or nonprofit organizations that need all kinds of help in the developing world. You can volunteer in administration at a Tibetan school in India, or on a coffee plantation in Honduras, or on a horse farm in Mexico. Everything is up to you.
- There are several large sites that regularly display advertisements for individuals, companies, or NGOs who are looking for volunteer workers. Although it is not paid for, you can usually get accommodation facilities for free. You just have to go out there and provide money for living expenses every month.
- You can also teach English or any other language you are fluent in, online or at a real school abroad. If you teach online, you can work as a freelancer or through a specific company. If you choose to work through a company, you may need an “English as a Foreign Language” (EFL) certificate, which you can get with inexpensive and short courses. There are also many schools that regularly look for tutors via the internet, whether beginners or experienced; many of them ask for an EFL certificate, but some don't. Most provide adequate accommodation and salary. The most important criteria for teaching English as a foreign language are patience, creativity, organizational skills, and fluency in English.
Step 3. Read blogs about travel
Most travel blog writers don't get paid to write, so you can get a personal and honest picture of the countries you want to visit. If your funds are limited, prioritize reading travel blogs like this one. Apart from providing honest descriptions, many of them also provide detailed pricing of items.
Step 4. Watch forums about traveling
Many of the travelers who tell stories on websites are those who have just returned from your dream destination, and they may sincerely want to help you, although you also have to be careful what they say. It's normal for humans to filter out memories, especially unpleasant ones.
- Accept unconditional love, and learn to forgive.
- Let people live their own way, and they will let you live however you want.
- Follow your instincts, and chase your dreams.