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Five Ways to Make Life More Efficient and Enjoyable

By Kari Oakley

There are so many people who are living complicated, stressful lives. If this has been your experience, know that it doesn't have to remain this way. If you're intentional about your actions, you can enjoy an efficient and enjoyable life. You can enjoy the benefits of less stress and maximum satisfaction. To get started, consider these five ideas...

1. Plan your meals in advance.

If you take a close look at your bank statement, you'll realize how expensive fast food can really be. Not only is it wise to cook your food at home because of the financial benefits, but it's also healthier to cook at home as well. You'll be able to see exactly what's going into your food. If you can prepare your meals, desserts and snacks ahead of time, all you'll need to do is grab your meals, reheat them and sit down to enjoy them. Set aside a few hours on a Sunday to prepare the ingredients and cook your meals. That small investment of time will make a large difference in the long run.

2. Exercise daily.

Exercise daily to keep your stress level down. You'll also want to exercise in order to make sure your heart remains healthy and strong. The same concept applies to taking care of your actual body. You don't want to wake up one day with achy joints, knees and more. Lift weights to strengthen your muscles. Go swimming to engage your entire body in a dynamic cardio and strength-training workout.

3. Manage your stress.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to make sure you take breaks. there are different types of breaks you can take. You can make sure you receive a lot of sleep each night. Get to bed before midnight in order to maximize the hours of rest you actually get. Develop a healthy bedtime routine that allows you to wind down. It's also great to focus on making sure you take breaks throughout the day. If you're constantly stressed with work, take five or ten minutes to have your own dance party in the office. Go get a pedicure after work is over. You can also manage your stress by making sure you take vacations. Even if the vacations only happen twice a year, be intentional about getting away to relax and unwind. You deserve it.

4. Utilize help.

Home automation is increasingly popular for a lot of people because it's nice to get help. You can ask a robot to clean your floors, call your friends or order your favorite meal. Furthermore, you can utilize help by paying for it or asking your friends for it. Consider the friends who are willing to babysit when you just need a nap. Find a great cleaning service that can do a deep-cleaning session of your home before a major dinner party. As you have assistance for different tasks, it makes your life a lot easier in the long run.

5. Maintain a strict budget.

There's nothing worse than being stressed out about how you're going to pay your bills. If you're not great with money management, it's important to develop the skill immediately. Learn to create a savings account and spend your money wisely. When you're able to manage your money well, it's a good idea to look into investments that will allow your money to grow. When you can increase your income, you'll be able to expose yourself and your family to better opportunities and experiences. Don't underestimate the power money has to increase your overall quality of life. It might be an initial sacrifice to budget and cut costs. However, you'll be better for it in the long run.

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