A Small Change Can Make A Big Difference To Your Year

A Small Change Can Make A Big Difference To Your Year
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The new year can be a meaningful time to implement a momentous change. But not everything needs to be a total overhaul – small, simple changes can have surprisingly powerful effects.

Writer Helen Rosner asked her Twitter followers for the small things they have done this year that have dramatically improved their lives:

Rosner’s own upgrade was keeping a phone charger in the bathroom. (One of mine is the long-cord charger I now keep next to the couch.)

Lots of answers fell into a similar category: making a permanent change to solve a problem you routinely have. Always looking for your chapstick? Buy ten of them and put one in every coat pocket and desk drawer. Do your glasses tend to break? Put a tiny screwdriver on your keychain. Phone battery dying all the time? Keep a charger in your bag.

The whole thread of replies is inspiring – I should probably put a phone charger in my bathroom, so that I stop having to bring in the one from my bedside table, which I inevitably then leave in the bathroom leaving me with no charger in bed – but so is the philosophy. You can find more inspiration in our Weekly Upgrade posts, too. Small changes, some that cost just a few dollars and plenty more that are free, can help you take care of yourself in a way that ends up adding a sense of ease and luxury to your life.