Have you ever started a new routine or a new habit and looked back at what your life was like 3 months, 6 months or even a year before you started it? Most of the time, when we try new things that'll improve our lives and when we stick with them, they prove to be beneficial. Some might even say trying new things, no matter how big or small, can be life-changing.
Over the course of my life, I've learned that small things add up to big things. In time, the small things we do each day can impact our health and happiness in the weeks, months and years to come. That's why I believe it's important to do a few small things each day to benefit ourselves in the long run.
Simple tasks like following a skincare routine and removing your makeup, to doing a few daily chores around the house can have a big impact on the way your week unfolds and how you spend the rest of your free time.
In today's post I'm sharing five small things you can do each day that'll only benefit you in the long run. Read on to see how easy it is to improve your life in five simple ways.
1. Make a to do list
I’m the type of person that writes everything down so I can remember it and refer to it later. Grocery lists, work tasks, plans with friends and family – I put everything on paper. Every morning I make a to do list and cross things off during the day. I find that writing down a list of tasks is so helpful in terms of keeping me organized and on top of things. Being able to visually see things written down reminds me of what I need to accomplish during that particular day and whenever I complete a task I can just cross it off the list and move on to the next one. My productivity has increased from having a daily to do list and I've found that I'm able to work and plan things out more efficiently. Making a to do list each day is something that takes less than five minutes. To me, it's definitely worth doing when you see how many things you were able to accomplish in a span of an 8 hour work day.
2. Follow a skincare routine
Back when I was in high school and college, I used to sleep in my makeup and I never thought anything of it. I didn’t really suffer from acne when I was younger, but now that I’m older I’ve started to take better care of my skin. Looking back, there was no excuse for me to not take off my makeup each night. I was just young, lazy and naive. Now I've learned from my mistakes and I know that one of the most important steps to follow in a skincare routine is removing your makeup. I love using Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes from Walmart. I found these Towelettes in the cosmetics section near the other facial cleansers at my local Walmart and I add them to my cart each time I go shopping.
These Makeup Remover Towelettes have essentials oils and 99% natural ingredients, so they’re perfect for my semi-sensitive skin. I recommend this product because it’s super affordable and it erases every trace of makeup on my skin. Everything from waterproof eyeliner and mascara to foundation and concealer can be wiped away with just one cloth.
Some of the top things that I look for when it comes to makeup and skincare products are value, versatility, and convenience. Since these wipes come in a 40-count package, I can go for a few weeks at a time before needing to rebuy. Even so, these wipes have a great price point, so they fit perfectly into my budget.
I keep a package of Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes in my bathroom drawer, in my gym bag and even in my carry-on bag when I travel. It's the type of product that I take with me wherever I go and I consider it one of my daily essentials.
Sometimes it doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day to get everything on your to do list accomplished, let alone exercising. After a long day at work, a huge part of me just wants to curl up on the couch and relax until it’s time to go to bed. Establishing a workout routine can be hard at first, but if you stick with it for a few weeks, it’ll eventually become a habit. Carving out time for exercise, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day can help you stay in shape. I’m lucky enough to have an on-site gym at my workplace, so I can squeeze in a workout during my lunch break or even after work. Here's my advice for anyone who is just started out with a new workout routine or fitness journey: buy yourself a gym bag, some workout clothes that you feel comfortable in and don’t forget to pack a water bottle, headphones, and Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes (if you really work up a sweat, makeup might run down your face, so taking it off beforehand might be a good idea).
4. Do a few daily chores
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love having a clean house. I’m not a total neat freak, but I like having everything organized and put in their place. Since getting married, my husband and I divide and conquer when it comes to chores around the house. If one of us cooks, the other one will clean up. If one of us does the laundry, the other one will vacuum the floors. We’ve been able to find a good balance that works for us and it’s the perfect way to tackle a few chores here and there rather than spending the entire weekend cleaning. During the week we select a few simple chores to take care of each day and it has definitely made a difference in the way we clean our home. Although we don’t have a strict chore schedule, during the week we do things like cleaning the kitchen and bathroom counter tops, sweeping the floors, and dusting tables, shelves and other surfaces in our home. It feels good knowing that each day our home is getting a little bit more tidy when we take a few minutes out of our day to clean up.
5. End your night by preparing for the next day
When I can wake up in the morning and already have my clothes picked out, my lunch packed and all of my things ready to go, I feel like I'm on top of it! All it takes is a little planning at night time to start the next day on the right foot! I love picking out my clothes and placing them in the bathroom the night before because it gives me more time to do my makeup in the morning. Being able to focus on the tasks that I enjoy in the morning puts me in a good mood and helps me start my day off right.
If I had to stand in my closet every morning and decide what to wear, I'm sure I would become overwhelmed and try on a dozen different things before selecting something that I actually like and feel comfortable in. If you don't carve out time each evening to prepare for the next day, I definitely encourage you to do so. Try it for a week and see if it made a difference and helped you to save time in the morning. My guess is that it will!
What are some small things that you do each day to benefit you in the long run? I'd love to hear, so share your thoughts with me in the comment section below!