Improving your life doesn't have to take a lot of time. In fact, if you have anywhere from 30 seconds to 90 minutes, there are at least two dozen things you can do to change your life and finances for the better.
The Man vs Debt blog has an action list for you of 24 things you can do right now or at least today for self-improvement and, especially, personal finance change. Although many of these simple actions are things you may have already done, having a lot of actionable ideas on one list to pick from can be helpful when you have some spare time and are looking for something easy but worthwhile to do. Most of the suggestions only take about 15 minutes.
Some of my favourites from the action list:
- Action Number 13: Create one single product from scratch (15-45 minutes). Find out how to make an everyday product (e.g., soap or a type of gift) by Googling for instructions. Although it might take longer than 45 minutes to make the item, finding step-by-step directions for making just about everything is online. Besides helping to save money, this action can also build your resourcefulness.
- Action Number 17: Arrange a coffee or lunch meeting with a person you look up to (5-10 minutes). Although it's suggested you look for a financial mentor, a professional mentor would be appropriate here too. The money you spend on that meal can be one of the best investments you may ever make, providing you with not just invaluable advice but inspiration as well.
- Action Number 24: Be happy (30 seconds). Is it easy to just get out of a stressed or sad mood? Not all the time. But realising you're in a rut, then choosing to have a positive attitude and taking steps to break out of your slump are steps that will help you get more out of life.
As the blog post notes, you only have to start with one small thing to get going. Photo by numb3r