No matter where you are in life, there are always things you can do to improve. Looking for ways to improve is a great way to live a more fulfilling life.
Each year, I evaluate my level of satisfaction in every area of my life. This helps me decide which goals to set and what to focus on for the year.
I love personal development and I am constantly looking for ways to improve. Some people aren’t sure what goals to set or where to start.
That’s why I’ve compiled this list of more than 50 ways to improve almost any area of your life. You can scroll through each area below and find several examples of things to work on in your own life.
50+ Ways to Improve Almost Any Area of Your Life
Start with the area you are least satisfied with and go from there. Pick one area or more than one. There is always room for improvement.
Drink more water
There are many times in my life that I was dehydrated and didn’t even know. It made me feel tired and hindered my ability to focus.
Plus, water is so much better for your body than caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks. To make sure I drink enough water during the day, I aim to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water
Clean up your diet
The standard American diet is full of processed food and sugar, both of which will weigh you down and cause inflammation in the body.
When I eat too much of these things, I have less energy, get sick more often, and don’t sleep well.
Make it your goal to incorporate more whole foods into your diet and take note of how it makes you feel. A good rule of thumb is to choose foods that occur naturally versus foods that are manmade.
This would include anything from meat and dairy to fruits and vegetables to legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, such as brown rice and oats.
Humans were made to move. Instead, we spend most of our day sitting still. I find it difficult to make time for exercise, but I always feel so much better when I do.
Do whatever suits your fancy – walking, running, weight training, etc.
It doesn’t have to take a long time to be effective, and you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment either.
Working out at home is sufficient as long as you actually do it. There are many programs available online if you need guidance.
Stretching makes you less susceptible to injury. You can easily fit in 5-10 minutes of stretching when you wake up, during
Get enough sleep
There are so many studies that show how sleep correlates with your health. Some experts say you need 8 hours each night, while some say 6.5 to 7.5 hours are best.
Anything less than 6 hours of sleep seems to affect your brain’s ability to stay focused throughout the day. Taking a 20-minute nap in the afternoon can remedy that without hindering your ability to fall asleep at night.
Reduce sugar intake
I am the first one to want to reach for a sugary snack when I feel my energy levels dipping in the middle of the afternoon.
While it satisfies my craving at the moment, it always seems to have the opposite effect than what I anticipated.
Eating too much sugar causes our blood sugar levels to fluctuate drastically throughout the day, which means our energy level fluctuates too.
Sugar has so many adverse effects on the body that it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Take your vitamins
I take a daily multivitamin and a probiotic to give my immune system a boost and fill in any nutritional gaps left from my food.
Coincidence or not, every time I forget to take my vitamins for a few days I end up getting a cold.
If you’re not sure what vitamins to take, take this quiz to find out.
Make time for self-care
It’s important to make time for self-care, so you can rest and recharge after a busy day or week. Stress is detrimental to your health and your relationships.
Simple things like taking a hot bubble bath, reading a book, or writing in a journal will help you unwind.
Stop watching television
Television is a huge time waster and promotes a sedentary lifestyle.
It is especially important to be mindful of how much time you spend watching television now that we have constant access through streaming services like Netflix.
It is too easy to get sucked into binge-watching a television show while sitting on the couch snacking on junk food.
Quit bad habits
Anything that you over-consume because of addiction is harmful to your health. Tobacco, alcohol, and food addiction are all examples of this. You are better off to quit any bad habits you might have sooner than later.
Get out of debt
If you are in debt, you are not in control of your money. Borrowing money to buy something you cannot afford on your own means you are spending money you don’t have.
If you want financial freedom you need to reduce the amount of money you owe to other people. Click here for a 10-step action plan to pay off debt.
Save more money
There are tons of ways to save money. You just have to get creative and think outside the box.
Start making coffee at home. Make a meal plan and cook your meals at home instead of dining out. Cut cable and pay for a streaming service or stop watching television altogether.
Stop spending so much
If you are in debt or spending more than what you make, it might be beneficial to go on a spending freeze.
A spending freeze means you stop spending money on anything outside of necessities. It’s a good way to assess how much money you spend on frivolous items each month.
Create a budget
Budgeting is a major component of financial freedom. You need to plan where your money will go ahead of time, so you don’t spend money you don’t have.
Follow the budget
If you already have a budget, you are one step ahead, but you have to follow the budget to make it work. Use a budgeting app like YNAB to help you stay on track.
Track your spending
Whether you use an app, a spreadsheet, or a pen and paper, tracking your spending is a must. Check in daily or weekly to assess what you are spending, so you always know what is happening with your money.
Change your mindset
Think about whether you have a positive or negative relationship with money. I used to feel like I needed to control where our money was going because I felt like there was never enough.
I thought I was controlling our money, but really it was controlling me. This is a negative relationship with money. Money is just money. What you think about it is up to you.
One way to eliminate overspending is to use cash instead of a debit or credit card. When you use cash, you are likely to be more conscious of what you are spending.
It’s a lot harder to hand over cash than it is to swipe a card. When you have cash in hand, you can see exactly how much you have left to spend, which keeps you from going over budget.
Automate your bills
I am all about anything that I can automate to make my life easier. Set bills up on autopay to ensure that they are never paid late because you forgot to pay them.
It’s a good idea to make a note in your calendar of when each bill will draft and include that in your budget, so you always have enough money in the bank to cover your bills.
Instead of focusing on everything your spouse does that irritates you, look within to see if there is something you can change about the way you approach your spouse.
If something they do bothers you, chances are something you do bothers them. You can’t control what another person does, but you can control how you react.
You are also in control of your own behavior. Try improving yourself before you try improving your spouse and take note of how things change.
Put the phones away
Cell phones are great, but sometimes they lead to too much connection to the outside world. When you’re spending quality time with your spouse commit to putting the phone away.
Make time for each other
Life gets really busy with work, kids, etc. Married couples know this all too well. Making time for each other can be as simple setting aside 5-10 minutes each night to check in with each other before bed.
This will open the lines of communication and give you an opportunity to talk about anything that might get swept under the rug because you are too busy.
Show respect for your spouse
Your spouse is a human being. Treat your spouse with the same level of respect you would treat anyone else.
Kindness goes a long way, especially when there’s a disagreement. Acknowledge your partner’s needs, speak words of gratitude and appreciation, and be careful not to criticize.
Communication is the key to a happy marriage, or any relationship really. Speak directly to your spouse about any issues you may have instead of speaking to someone else.
Regular communication also allows you to let your spouse know if you need extra support or encouragement in a particular area.
Vulerable conversation allows you to grow closer and rely on each other rather than looking elsewhere.
Listen before you react
If your spouse has a genuine concern, be open-minded and listen to what they have to say. Try to put the brakes on placing blame or making excuses.
Acknowledge that you might need to change how you approach certain things and ask for help and encouragement in those areas.
Do the unexpected
Show your spouse you appreciate them by showing up in unexpected ways. Doing things you don’t normally do shows them that you care about their wants and needs.
Date each other
Continue to date each other the way you did before you were married.
This could mean getting a sitter and leaving the house for a night out, just the two of you, or watching a movie together on the couch after the kids are in bed.
Do what works for you in your current season, but having that time together will remind you of the bond you formed before you got married.
Put your spouse first
This is a big one, especially if you have kids, but can apply even if you don’t.
Show your spouse that they are the most important person in your life by putting them before your parents, your job, your friends, and even your children.
You chose your spouse before you chose to have kids. Placing your kids second in line of priority not only shows that you value your marriage, it shows your kids what it looks like to have a strong marriage.
Go to bed early
An intimate connection with your spouse is a must and is often overlooked when life gets busy.
Make an effort to go to bed together most nights. Try going to bed 30 minutes early and spending time together without the television and see where the moment leads.
The more you are able to connect in this way, the better.
Take the initiative
A solid friendship comes from two people who put in an equal amount of effort to keep the friendship alive.
Don’t wait to be invited. Take the initiative in spending time with your friends by doing the inviting yourself.
A deep friendship requires that you get vulnerable at some point. Open up with your friends and let them really get to know you as a person.
This takes time, but in order to have strong friendships that stand the test of time, you have to move past surface conversations and get to know each other on a deeper level.
Put special dates like birthdays on your calendar, so you remember to check in with your friend on days that mean a lot to them.
Meet up in person
I have a lot of friends that don’t live in the same town as me, so we mostly keep up with each other through social media and text messaging.
However, it is worth the extra effort to find the time to see each other in person once in a while. Spending time together in person fosters a greater connection and solidifies your friendship.
Don’t take them for granted
Everyone wants to feel valued and appreciated. Don’t take your friends for granted. Show up for them the way you would want them to show up for you.
Offer practical help when needed
If you see that your friend is having a hard time with something, be there for them in a practical way. Drop dinner off, bring them a coffee, or offer to keep their kids when they are having trouble keeping up.
Cheer them on
Encourage your friends and cheer them on when they experience success. Don’t allow jealousy to sneak in when it shouldn’t. Be happy for them when something good goes their way.
If you are friends with someone long enough, they are bound to disappoint you. Be quick to offer grace when this happens.
It also helps to have a direct conversation and let them know what they did to hurt your feelings. This gives them an opportunity to apologize before things fester.
Lower your expectations
High expectations lead to disappointment. Take a look at your expectations and take notice if you are asking too much of your friends.
Everyone is busy, especially if they have a job and a family. It’s hard enough to keep up with your own life sometimes without worrying about pleasing everyone else.
Personal Development //
Set good goals
Goal-setting is important because it provides a roadmap for achieving the kind of life you want to live. Set meaningful goals that drive you to take action. Goals don’t work unless you do.
Know your priorities
When you know your top priorities, you know how to spend your time in such a way that honors your priorities. Doing this gives you a sense of purpose as you go throughout your day.
When you tackle your day with purpose, you feel less overwhelmed because you know you spent your time on the things that truly matter.
Use a calendar
Most women have a lot to keep track of, especially if they have a husband, a family, and a job. Using a calendar or day planner gives you a place to notate appointments, activities, to-do lists, meal plans, etc.
Make sure you have a central place to write down everything you need to remember, so nothing slips through the cracks. I put everything in my calendar because there is no way I can remember everything on my own.
Decide how you will spend your time
Sometimes you have to say no to something good, so you can say yes to something even better. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. How we spend those hours is up to us.
When you say you don’t have time for something, you are essentially saying that it’s just not that important to you right now. When I begin to feel unfulfilled and overwhelmed, I know my priorities are out of order.
Create a schedule
We all have things that have to get done on a regular basis. Creating a schedule gives everything a time slot, so you can make sure it gets checked off the list.
A strict schedule may seem restrictive, but it actually provides freedom because you can rest assured that everything is getting done.
It also frees you from thinking about anything besides the task at hand. This is especially helpful during free time because you’re not worried about everything else you should be doing.
Develop good habits
Good habits are the best way to ensure that you stay on the right track, no matter what it is you are trying to accomplish.
I am a big proponent of using systems and routines to get things done. A good routine can set your day up for success before it starts.
Start your day off right with a good morning routine, and end your day on a good note with a solid evening routine.
Worrying about things you cannot control is not productive. In fact, it is actually quite self-indulgent.
I speak from experience. I used to worry about EVERYTHING. Now, when I find myself worrying, I ask myself if there’s anything I can do to remedy the situation. Action cures fear.
If there’s nothing I can do, I remind myself that it is out of my control and I give it to God in prayer.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Comparison is the thief of joy. This is a popular quote that circulates on the internet every now and then, but it is true.
Comparing yourself to someone else is also self-indulgent. You have no idea what someone else’s circumstances are or the struggles that they battle.
The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
Put your blinders on and do what you need to improve yourself – because you love yourself, not because you want to be like somebody else.
It is so easy to get caught up in the trap of consuming information without ever taking action on what we consume.
There is so much information available to us these days, and it is amazing. At some point, though, you have to take action on the things that you are learning.
The next time you read a blog post, listen to a podcast, read a book, or watch an inspirational video on YouTube, get your notebook out and make a list of action steps to take once you’re finished.
Spiritual Growth //
Wake up early
I used to be a night owl, but now I love waking up early. I wake up early for a few different reasons, but mainly to spend time with God while drinking my coffee.
Start your day off right by spending time in prayer and reading your Bible before you do anything else.
Write in a journal
Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper, so you can deal with them. Set a timer for five minutes and write whatever thoughts pop up in your head.
Turn your thoughts into prayers and journal those as well. This will help you release any tension or worry you’ve been holding onto and help you let it go.
Start a daily practice of gratitude. Take note of three things you’re grateful for each day and watch how it transforms how you see the world.
Spend time in prayer
God wants a relationship with you, and what better way to begin a relationship that by talking to each other? Prayer doesn’t have to be formal.
Talk to God like you would talk to a friend. Be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings, and make time for it regularly.
Read your Bible
God speaks through his living Word, the Bible. If you want to get to know who God is, read your Bible daily. Ask God to help you understand it and reveal things to you along the way.
Listen to podcasts
I love listening to podcasts when I’m getting ready for the day, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and driving.
It’s such an easy way to fill your mind with positive thoughts and encouragement while you’re going through your daily routine.
Read more books
Reading is a great way to learn about subjects that interest you when it comes to personal development and spiritual growth.
I always have a book on hand, so I can read whenever time allows, and my book list is always growing.
Choose positive thinking
Positive thinking is a game changer. It will totally change your outlook on life.
Whenever you have a negative thought, acknowledge it, then reframe it in a positive light. The more you practice, the easier this will become.
Practice what you preach
This one is simple, but often overlooked. If you believe in God and you believe that Jesus died on the cross to save you, act like it.
Take what you learn when you study the Bible, listen to a podcast, or read a book, and put it into practice.
Now, it’s your turn
If you are looking for ways to improve your life, this list is a good place to start. I could totally get carried away with this topic.
I decided to start with the most common areas people search for ways to improve. If there is an area of interest I left out that would be helpful to you, comment below.