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Netflix & chill is awesome, I know. But if you want to create and live the best life you possibly can, you can’t just spend it watching Netflix and chill. You really have to go after what you want. And the best way to do that, is to just take action. It doesn’t matter if it’s just small steps you’re taking. Every small step will help you build momentum, which will make it easier to take the large steps. To help you get in this flow, to create momentum, I’ve compiled a list of productive things to do, instead of
procrastinating watching Netflix.
1. Go planking. Even if it’s just 30 seconds.
2. And if you have a few minutes: go for a Tabata training. You just need a little room and your own body!
3. Drink water. Aim for 8 glasses a day.
4. Groom your nails. You’ll be surprised how often you look at them. If they look nice, they’ll act like little mood lifters every time.
5. Make a smoothie.
6. Do some crunches. Even if you start with 5, it’s more than zero. And once again; this doesn’t even have to take a minute, so ‘no time’ is no excuse.
7. Weed your garden; it’s another reason to get outside and it’s really nice to see the result of your work!
8. Write down goals. Especially at a time like this, it’s great to set some goals for the new year. You can set some professional and personal goals. Try to be as specific as possible and make them for the week, month, and year. Use a planner for inspiration and the action plan to actually reach the goal. I personally really love the Happiness Planner. It’s not the cheapest one out there, but it really makes me happy just looking at it. And it’s great for Instagram pics too 😉
9. Make a vision board. You can do this multiple times. This is currently my vision board, and even though part of it is already falling off, I still get happy when I look at it.
10. Find new people to follow in the social media channels you use. Only pick the inspirational people! You’ll find my links at the bottom of this post 😉
11. Meet some new people. Say ‘yes’ to that coffee date and pick someone else’s brain about stuff, or have your brain picked. This will surely generate new ideas!
13. Watch TedTalks. This is one I particularly liked, but there are so much more options:
14. Draw, scribble or do something else that is both fun and creative.
15. Make a monthly budget. Are there any unnecessary costs that you can get rid off? If you’re really serious about this, you might even cancel your Netflix subscription 😉
16. Set a savings goal. It’s like Oscar Wilde said: “Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll end up among the stars.” If you set high goals, you might not always reach them, but you’ll do much better than without any goals.
17. Call every company that provides you a service and see if they can give you a better offer. And if not, find another one that can! This can really save a lot each month! By the way: you can do this every year!
18. Sell stuff. You’ll be suprised how great this feels. It’ll give you space AND money. What could be better?
19. Create an overview of your assets. Even if you’re not rich (YET), it will help you to get some insight in what you have and it will probably motivate you to earn more.
20. Think of ways to earn more money. A side-hustle as a freelance writer might be a great option!
21. Find a great hobby that doesn’t cost you a dime. Reading, walking, running, city walks, whatever.
22. Think ahead: where do you want to be in five years and write down really intentional steps to get there. And if you want to look even further ahead: what would you like people to say about you at your funeral? Are you on your way to becoming that person?
23. Play memory games or do a puzzle.
24. Meditate. Headspace is a great app for this!
25. Watch a documentary. There are many of them on Netflix (so yes, it’s kind of Netflix & Chill), such as Banking on Bitcoin and I am not your Guru.
26. Write in a journal. Writing stuff down helps you process your thoughts and makes it easier to focus on what really matters to you.
27. Learn some cool yoga moves. This sun salutation for beginners is very doable and makes you look like a pro, even if you’re not.
28. Make a list of all the little and big tasks that are running around in your mind. It will help clear your mind and regain your focus.
29. Take a moment to check in with yourself. Are you limiting yourself in any way? And if so, what can you do about that? Taking these steps will take you out of your comfort zone, but it will also help you grow.
30. Clean out that one cabinet that just keeps on getting fuller and fuller
31. Go into your closet and remove at least 5 items that you haven’t worn in one year
32. Do some seasonal decoration.
33. Clean your house. It will really lift your mood! Maybe not WHILE you do it, but certainly afterwards.
34. Cook a healthy meal and only use stuff from your pantry.
35. Organize your e-mail and your desk. Remove all the junk, so you won’t get distracted. After writing this, I removed 3 hair bands, one handkerchief, 1 bra, one clothing label, and three pens from my desk. Don’t even ask.
36. Clean your fridge.
37. Restyle your bedroom, home office or another space you spend a lot of time. It often doesn’t take much time and money, and the effects can be huge.
38. Create a plan for your next trip.
39. Walk a few miles. It helps clear your head and regain focus.
40. Find awesome free things to do at the location you’re heading. I noticed that there are often a lot of great things to do for free. Take for example this list of free things to do in Washington!
41. Think about your dream trip. Where would it lead you and how would it make you feel? Create a vision (or Pinterest) board around this trip, to just put it out there.
42. Plan a city trip.
43. Create a Pinterest board of all the countries and things you want to see/do.
44. Sign up for a couchsurfing or Homestay website and find new (and cheap!) ways to discover new locations.
45. Write a(n) (e)book. This is really a great way to put yourself and your knowledge out there, let people know that you are an expert on a subject.
46. Work on your LinkedIn profile. Create a killer one!
47. Update your resume.
48. Google your name and see what turns up. And remove everything that you really don’t want your future boss or clients to see!
49. Send out some job applications. Even if you don’t want to switch jobs, it might be great to find out what options there are and what your worth is.
50. See if there are any great workshops or courses you can follow, or seminars/conventions that you can attend.
51. Start your own business.
52. Create your own blog to support your business. It’s really not that hard!