How to Choose Lifestyle Habits That Improve Your Life

By Elisi Studios

Have you been thinking about changing your life for better? Maybe you’re unhappy or one of the 900 million people that feel unfulfilled. Maybe you’re ready to feel more successful. 

Whatever the case, it never hurts to work on ourselves and there are simple lifestyle habits that you can adopt to do so.

Keep reading to learn how to choose the best lifestyle habits to reach your personal goals and improve your life.

First, Figure Out the Important Things

The first step in choosing lifestyle habits that will improve your life is to figure out what you want to improve in the first place.

Consider the things that are most important to you in life. Maybe it’s your family. Maybe it’s improving your career. Maybe it’s bettering your health or mindset.

Whatever they are, write down the top three things that you want to work on. This will help you plan your new lifestyle habits to fit your individual goals.

Now, What Are Your Passions?

A key to self-improvement is reuniting with or finding things you love. Too often people lose themselves and their lives become less fulfilling because they forget to spend time dedicated to their passions (outside of work).

Write down some of your favorite things and hobbies. Then, you can plan how to include them into your daily or weekly routine.

Set Goals

Now that you know what is important to you and what things you love, you can set goals to include them in your new lifestyle habits to improve your life. 

Goals are extremely important on the journey to self-improvement. They give us motivation and keep us focused. Be sure to set small goals, so you can have many successes along your journey to your large goal–a better life.

In your goals, you should include the things from the first two steps. For example, let’s say your family is one of the things you listed as important to you and you’re passionate about traveling. You can set a large goal to take a family trip, as well as small goals such as spending an hour each day with your family and putting a certain amount of money toward a travel fund each paycheck.

Plan, Plan, Plan

One of the most important lifestyle habits of successful and happy people is planning. Successful people plan each day, each week, and month.

Being organized will not only make you feel less stressed and more in control, but it will also make you feel super accomplished with you accomplish everything you had planned for the day and week.

We don’t recommend planning more than a month or two at a time though, because that can become overwhelming and cause more stress.

Get Up Early

Another important lifestyle habit to adopt is waking up early. The morning is a great time to think about your day, plan, and look back on your progress. It also always you to get a head start on the day which means you’ll have more time for yourself and your goals. 

Plus, everyone needs alone time to reflect. The morning is a great time to dedicate to this because you’ll find it very peaceful and (usually) quiet.

Let’s Start Your New Lifestyle Habits

Now that you know how to choose lifestyle habits that improve your life, you’re ready to get started. The best way to start is to get a digital bullet journal. A bullet journal allows you to plan, keep to-do lists, and track your daily habits. And, it’s all online so you have it wherever you go on any device.

Learn more about our digital bullet journal and try out here.

Jot These Down: 7 Amazing Mental Health Benefits to Journaling

By Elisi Studios

Most successful people keep a journal. But you don’t have to be the next Bill Gates or Walt Disney to enjoy journaling. According to the University of Rochester, journaling can ease stress, anxiety, and depression.

Here are 7 of the top health mental health benefits you can enjoy when you start a daily journaling habit.

Ease Anxiety

What’s a good way to get rid of the swirling thoughts running rampant through your head? Putting them on paper. Many people can get relief from their anxiety by releasing their thoughts. Take time to look at your anxiety. How many of your worries do you need to worry about now? Can you make changes to your behavior that would help them go away? You can find more tips to fight anxiety here.

Fight Depression

Like anxiety, journaling can help fight depression. Every day take time to list the things you’re grateful for or something that made you happy. Talk about one good thing that happened to you every day. Want more tips to boost your mood? Check out parts one and two here.

Clarify Your Thoughts and Feelings

This may seem like a weird mental health benefit, but it is. When you’re struggling with a big decision, journaling can help you weigh your pros and cons. Once everything is on paper, you can come to the best solution. Sometimes having an answer can provide peace and relief.

Release Your Stresses

What’s stressing you out? Are you mad at someone? Has someone hurt you? Write about it in your journal, and let it go. Use your journaling practice to forgive people who have done you wrong.

Organize Your Priorities

Overwhelmed with everything you have to do? Write it down and prioritize your list! Once things are on paper, your brain doesn’t have to hold on to that information anymore, so it can relax and let go. On top of that, you feel more in control because you know what you have to focus on first.

Improve Immune Function

One of the most surprising health benefits is an improved immune system. That’s right! Regular journaling can actually help keep you from getting sick. It can provide relief for those with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Improved immune systems could come from relieving stress and anxiety, but it’s hard to say. Nonetheless, it’s a benefit we can all enjoy.

Improve Your Memory

Daily journaling can improve your memory. It forces you to practice active recall about things that happened during your day. But reviewing your journal can also help you recall – in your own words – things that happened a long time ago.

Journaling Provides A Wealth of Health Benefits

Whether you tried keeping a journal before, you can always start journaling today. You may enjoy keeping a fancy leather-bound journal and a nice pen. Many people struggle to carry their journal daily and thus drop their habit.

But you can start a journaling habit today, right on your phone. Download the Elisi App and start journaling today!

Achieving A Work-Life Balance Using The GTD Technique

By Elisi Studios

People waste a lot of time. How much? One study involving small business owners discovered they wasted an average of almost 22 hours every week.

You might be wasting time right now, reading this to distract yourself from whatever it is you know you should be doing. Do you struggle to make the most out of your day? A productivity system may provide the discipline you need to stay on track.

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a technique that can boost your productivity. Never heard of it? Written almost twenty years ago, it’s still considered one of the best books on productivity.

We’ll cover the basics.

What is the GTD System?

The Getting Things Done system doesn’t try to tell you how to do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you organize and tackle your daily obligations. The idea is, without organization, you won’t know where or what to begin.

Trying to remember everything is — well, it’s a waste of time. David Allen, the creator of the system, advocates the use of a to-do list or work calendar. This way, you can concentrate on the task and avoid being overwhelmed.

The Five GTD Methods

There’s a lot to unpack from the GTD methodology. It was a self-help book after all. But when trimmed down to its five basic tenets, it’s easy to understand.

1. Capture

Stop relying on your head to keep everything straight. The first step of the GTD process is to capture every task at hand. And by capture, we mean to get them out of your head and written down on a piece of paper.

Your organizational system doesn’t matter. Choose what fits your fancy. The important part is to, without fail, jot down even the most trivial of tasks.

Whatever you use, make sure it’s convenient and available. The worst thing you can do is tell yourself you’ll write it down later — and then forget.

2. Clarify

Since you’re listing tasks as soon as they come to your head, they’ll need some clarification. Perhaps you remembered you need to finish a college essay. Don’t leave it on your to-do list as complete college essay.

That doesn’t give you a good place to start. Break it into pieces, such as researchessayconstruct outline, and so forth.

3. Organize

Now that you’ve broken your tasks into smaller parts, take some time to prioritize them. Remember to consider the deadlines of these projects, as well as your workload.

During this step, you should also categorize similar actions. Have a lot of writing to do? Clump those assignments together.

4. Reflect

Priorities change. As more tasks spring up, you may realize an assignment was not as stressing as it was before. You should spend a few times each day skimming through your list and making changes should you find them necessary.

As well as looking for changes, you should reflect on your current tasks. If you don’t look at your list to keep yourself organized, then what’s the point of making one?

5. Engage

With an organized list full of simple actions, you’ll know which task to start first. Keep your priority system in mind and work through your list at your leisure. Not only does this system erase the anxiety that comes with disorganization, but it also gives you the clear guidance you need to get started.

And getting started is everything.

Stay Organized With Elisi

The entire GTD system is hinged on the use of an intelligent and convenient planner. Simply put: Taking notes on your phone won’t be good enough.

Instead, consider the Elisi app. It’s a comprehensive digital journal that features a calendar, a to-do list, notes, and more. Try the Elisi app and see how it can increase your productivity.

Pomodoro Timer, A Time Management Tool You Should Try

By Elisi Studio

Time management is of the essence, and it’ll take some focus and concentration to put these sorts of practices into place.

Thankfully, there are plenty of time management tools that will help you out tremendously. Regardless of what sort of task you are focusing on, the tips in this article will help you get focused and stay focused.

Start with these tips so that you can use everything from apps to Pomodoro Timers to get help.

1. Use Time Management Tools on Your Phone or in Your Web Browser

There are several apps you can put onto your phone that will help you focus. Some of these apps you can look into include Forest, Wunderlist, Evernote, and Elisi.

If you want to use a time management timer, there are also apps that can let you make use of the Pomodoro technique. By striking this balance with your workflow, you’ll get the most out of these strategies.

Whether you download an app on your phone or use a web browser as a timer, you’ll have the help that you need.

2. Learn the Pomodoro Technique and Use it Regularly

The Pomodoro technique is one of the best productivity hacks that you can use on a regular basis.

With this technique, you are on and active for 25 minutes and take breaks of about 5 minutes.

The science behind this technique is that experts say your brain can’t focus for much longer than 25 minutes at a time. By voluntarily taking a break and then getting back to work, you will keep your mind fresh and avoid burnout.

3. Go For a Walk and Get Outside During Your Breaks

To really get the most out of the Pomodoro technique, be sure that you are moving your body and getting some fresh air.

When you walk, you increase your blood flow, which also increases the blood flow to your brain. You can also rejuvenate yourself by going outside and taking in some sunshine.

Both of these matters can keep you fresh and energized so that you feel great when it is time to go back to work.

4. Add a Meditation Practice to Your Time Management

The mental and productivity benefits of meditation can’t be overstated.

When you add meditation to some of your breaks, you will have more clarity and better cognitive function. Doing this will help you sustain an inner peace that will also carry you throughout every workday with a positive mindset.

Get the Most From Your Time Management

When you put these time management tools to use, you’ll be able to earn more money, study more and get more done.

Whether you work a 9-to-5 office job, are your own boss, or just want to study hard and retain the information for an exam, these tips have you covered. You’ll be able to maximize on this by not only using the Pomodoro technique but also incorporating some apps or tools that can be helpful.

Consider these tips so that you have a time management system that serves you.

4 Self-Management Skills You Can Easily Incorporate Into Your Life

Remember when you were a child and you thought that when you grew up, you’d be able to do whatever you wanted? How wrong we all were.

For many of us, it’s harder to achieve goals as adults because no one is pushing us. That is, until we learn the self-management skills that let us push ourselves.

Self-Management Skills Everyone Can Use

One of the few guarantees in life is that you will lose motivation every now and then. Keep yourself on track with these self-management techniques.

1. Creating Accountability Systems
Everyone talks about setting clear goals and writing them down. As important as that is, it’s rarely the only thing we need to keep us moving.

Hold yourself accountable for each task. For some people, positive reinforcement works best, so set rewards you can earn. For instance, if you complete this task today, you can watch the new episode of your favorite TV show.

Other people are more motivated by negative consequences. You might tell yourself that if you don’t complete that task, you have to deep-clean your refrigerator.

Use trial and error to find the rewards or consequences that motivate you best. Above all, track them in your planner and follow through with them.

2. Crafting Success-Based Routines
Sometimes we have big goals but we never start the little steps it takes to achieve them. This especially true if we’re working toward multiple goals at the same time.

Set up a daily routine that includes steps toward each of your goals. This might include an exercise regimen, reaching out to business contacts, organizing one area of your home each day, and more.

When you have that routine, keep track and hold yourself accountable. A bullet journal is a simple way to see your progress.

3. Managing Stress
As important as motivation is, you can’t solve all of life’s problems by working harder. In fact, pushing yourself too hard and burning out will do more harm than good in the long run.

Make your mental health a priority and include stress management in your daily routine.

There are plenty of helpful options: meditation, exercise, aromatherapy, bubble baths, reading a book, or playing a video game to name a few. Find out what works and make time for it.

4. Being Selectively Social
Self-management isn’t just about you. None of us exist in a vacuum, so the people you surround yourself with will impact your success too.

Keep this in mind as you look around your social group. If there are people in your life who push you to do things that go against your goals, take a step back.

Try making friends with people who have similar goals. This could include your co-workers or other people in your industry. If weight loss or fitness is a key goal for you, get social with other people at your gym.

Being Your Own Boss

Whether you’re your own employer or you just need to hold yourself accountable for your outside goals, self-management is no easy task. In many ways, it’s easier to motivate others than it is to motivate ourselves.

If you’re struggling, the self-management skills above can help you get out of your own way and get on the road to success.

For more help, check out the Elisi self-management app.

What should you learn from college?

For many of you, the time during college signifies the apex of your school life. It is when you start to live your life as a real adult, making important decisions about your future and taking responsibility for those decisions. It is also when you start to build up expertise, moving forward in becoming a real professional. However, after being gone from college for years, you may (or better not) be surprised to find that knowledge only takes up a tiny part of your college memory. The crueler fact is that knowledge can “fade away” anytime, especially when your occupation does not have a 100% match with your major. Continue reading What should you learn from college?

50 Things to Boost your Happiness (2/2)

26. Treat yourself to the most wanted gifts you can afford.

27. Reject something that you have been hesitating over or feel restricted by.

28. Decorate your room, or simply re-paint the wall with your favorite color.

29. Discard, sell, or donate items you haven’t used for more than one year.

30. Ask for repayment of a debt that someone owes you.

31. Stick to a small task every day, such as learning a foreign language, playing the piano, and meditation. (Try Elisi Habits!)

32. Go to a concert or a live music venue.

33. Follow the restaurant reviews and try a delicious new food every month.

34. Plan and begin a new project. (Why not with Elisi Project?)

35. Learn to swim!

36. Plant something and watch it flourish and flower.

37. Watch some classic TV shows and old movies that you used to like.

38. When you have some free moments, sit and meditate for a while.

39. Put on your favorite old clothes and go to a grassy space and bask in the sun.

40. Go to an amusement park and go on exciting rides.

41. Upgrade your home network and clean up your computer files.

42. Go for a walk by the sea or by the water.

43. Find a safe way to do a challenging activity that you have never tried before, such as skydiving, hang gliding, or diving.

44. Learn to bake and make some cookies or cakes for your nearest and dearest.

45. Visit an exhibition or a museum.

46. Teach your parents some new skills, such as how to take good photos on their mobile phone or how to manage their life with Elisi, and make some small gifts for them.

47. When you finish the day’s work, take a hot bath and fall asleep truly relaxed.

48. Go shopping when you are feeling relatively affluent.

49. Take friends and families to the countryside for camping and picnics.

50. Write down three small things every day with Elisi that make you happy, and read them at any time!

(By Elisi Studio)

50 Things to Boost Your Happiness (1/2)

1. Take a weekend trip or a short holiday—go, see, and eat!

2. Buy some flowers and put them in a prominent place at home.

3. Clean your room and change the sheets, quilts, and pillows.

4. Rearrange your furniture; place a new carpet in the room.

5. Buy a projector and a Bluetooth speaker, and watch a movie at home.

6. Try some fresh, new perfumes.

7. Turn off your phone before going to bed and read a book before sleep.

8. On a diet or after exercising, allow yourself a cheat day to enjoy food.

9. Plan a long trip. Choose the route, browse the attractions, and make an itinerary.

10. Visit a crowded supermarket and feel the buzz of being surrounded by many people.

11. Wash your clothes, dry, fold, and stack them.

12. Choose a light-to-use mop or vacuum cleaner and clean the floor.

13. Gather a few friends together to play cards or other games, and have dinner.

14. Go for a bike ride and discover different scenery.

15. Take photos of family or friends, print them out, and put them in a photo frame.

16. Get in touch with old friends you haven’t contacted for a long time. Chat about current events, work, feelings—and even gossip.

17. Climb to the top of a building or a hill and look down.

18. Choose a comfortable pen and a beautiful notebook, or write down your mood with a handy app. (Ummm… Elisi Notes!)

19. Play an interactive game like a room escape, a live CS, or a go-kart with your friends.

20. Share a drink with your loved one using two straws at the same time.

21. Make some simple dishes and give yourself a nutritious meal.

22. Carefully comb your pet’s body once.

23. Buy some comfortable sportswear, put on your headphones, and choose a favorite route to jog.

24. Go to a club and dance with your friends.

25. Clean up your email and delete apps that you haven’t used for a long time.

10 Tips to Eliminate Excessive Anxiety (2/2)

6. Stop thinking. When you find yourself stuck with thoughts that are causing anxiety, tell yourself “Stop!” This word is short, quick, and effective.

Practical steps
Tell yourself to stop each time you start thinking about a situation that makes you anxious. If you continue to do this, it will soon become a habit.

7. Take care of and help others. Anxiety and worry can lead people into excessive self-concern. To get out of the cycle of self-blame, a good countermeasure is to consider what you can do for others. Think about how you can help your friends and family. If you know people who are going through a tough time, act now to support them.

Practical steps
Send a thank-you card with a short, thoughtful note or call a friend to follow up about a current situation.

8. List and plan. Empty your mind by creating a list of all the tasks you are worrying about. This will give your brain room to think about other things. In the same way, planning can also help to free your mind from endless worries and fears by organizing your thoughts.

Practical steps
List all the things you want and need to do, prioritize these tasks, and implement your plan. If you start to worry about something you’ve already arranged and organized, tell yourself: “Stop, I have this planned!”

9. Experience being in the moment. When you find yourself thinking about something over and over, take a deep breath and look around. Pay attention to the sky, the trees, and the sounds of nature. Remind yourself to wake up from your “daymare” and you will start to feel differently.

Practical steps
When you find yourself in a negative mood, practice appreciating the beauty of the world around you.

10. Ask a professional for help. When anxiety becomes overwhelming, long-term, and interferes with your daily life, consider getting professional help. A meditation class or a visit with a therapist can calm a tired mind and improve your life.

Practical steps
Find a therapist or counselor, or attend a meditation class.

(By Elisi Studio)

10 Tips to Eliminate Excessive Anxiety (1/2)

1. Blame the problem on the brain. This is not to blame all the anxiety problems on your brain, but you need to know that anxiety may come from the neurophysiological structure, and bad thinking habits are one of the reasons for creating additional anxiety. For example, excessive or lack of a certain chemical substance in the brain, or excessive activity in certain areas of the brain, may cause anxiety in your body. Think of excessive anxiety as a natural consequence of chemical changes in the brain rather than your personal weaknesses, this idea is helpful in relieving anxiety.

Practical Steps
Tell yourself “Don’t worry, it’s my brain that enters an anxious environment.”

2. Hold hands or embrace with who care about you. When you are highly anxious, you will find it’s difficult to calm down. At this time, handle and hug can effectively reduce the stress response. Once you feel your emotions are alleviated, you can try other techniques to divert your attention.

Practical Steps
Holding hands or embrace with someone until you are calm. If you don’t have a companion around you, you can give yourself a massage or take a deep breath.

3. Use your invisible “support circle.” If no one around you can give you comfort, just think of the people who support you and the things happened before that you have received support. Recalling our family and friends can give us a sense of security, which reduces our stress.

Practical steps
Write down the person who is important to yourself on the card, put the card into the wallet. When you feel pressure, take out the card and read it. Whether in the office or at home, put some photos of people you value.

4. Breath with your abdomen. Learn the abdominal breathing method and use it as a relaxation technique. Deep breathing can send an “all good” signal to the brain. Relax your body with deep breathing and your brain will relax too. You don’t need to set aside time to practice as you do meditation, taking deep breathing as a daily breathing method.

Practical steps
When you start feeling anxious, start taking a deep breath with your abdomen. This breathing method can initiate a relaxation reaction.

5. Relax or exercise yourself. Meditation and yoga are common ways of self-relaxation, there are also loud singing, reading, chatting and knitting sweaters, etc. Even washing dishes can eliminate anxiety. For people who are energetic but physically stressed, exercise is more effective than self-relaxation. 20 minutes of exercise can reduce anxiety and improve resilience. Aerobic exercise can consume chemicals that make you nervous, such as adrenaline. Even walking around can offset the side effects of sedentary.

Practical steps
Choose activities that relax your mind and body to alleviate your anxiety, or just go out for 20 minutes every day.

(By Elisi Studio)