21 Practical Improvements That Change Life Drastically

Lukas Schwekendiek
3 min readAug 22, 2021
  1. 5 Minutes More — Just add 5 more minutes to anything productive you do. Procrastinate on procrastinating.
  2. Do Something ASAP — When anything comes in your mind do something about it immediately, even if it is just planning it. Get it out of your head.
  3. Set Your Intentions — Know what you are going to do today. Lead the day actively.
  4. Check Things Off — When you are done with something make a clear-cut mark to be done with it.
  5. Start Early — Everyone works better in the morning. Do something difficult before you’d normally get up. You’ll feel great all day.
  6. Remind Yourself — 99% of all self-improvement is repetition. Multiple daily reminders ingrain concepts.
  7. Control Your Time — If you don’t control your time you’ll end up wasting a lot of it. You only have 24 hours each day and maybe only this one life; Don’t waste a single second.
  8. Go Outside — Add a bit of nature (ideally a natural body of water of some sort) to your daily routine. The calm will often reset you.
  9. Meditate — Work out your body, your mind and your heart and soul. Go inward. Learn about yourself. And improve.
  10. Love Yourself — Spend some time each day feeling proud or happy or loving with who you are. You spend 24 hours a day with yourself. That’s a long time to hate someone.
  11. Have Fun — Do something each day that’s just fun. Follow a hobby, pick up a new skill or read in your favorite book.
  12. Drink More Water — While 2L a day is recommended, 3–4L will really make you feel healthy and refreshed.
  13. Read A Book — 1 Chapter a day or 10 pages.
  14. Eat More Greens — Fruits and Vegetables over candy and snacks. Try having 3–4 Fruits or Veggies in every meal.
  15. Focus On Earning — Instead of trying save try to earn more. What could you do today that might make you and your time worth more?
  16. Act Big — Go for 10x more of what you think you want. Take it seriously and give it an honest shot. You’ll reach much further as your mental limits won’t hold you back as much.
  17. Reflect — Whatever you did, learn to reflect on it. What went well? What did not? What is one thing you will do better tomorrow?
  18. Be A Hero — First identify who that is and then take a step there daily. It makes an astounding difference when you choose where you want to go.
  19. Hug Someone — Release some oxytocin by being physical. If that is not possible then help someone. If you can’t do that, then be charitable.
  20. Be Present — This moment is all that matters. Take it in. You are alive now. Work with purpose, laugh with true joy or do what you need to do in the here and now.
  21. Break A Limit — Push a boundary and test your limits. Challenge yourself to be better than you were before so you move into who you want to be.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.