3 Simple Ways to Change Your Life in 30 Days or Less

Sometimes the biggest positive changes in your life can be made by very small, simple decisions. And that’s all these ideas are: decisions. Either you choose to improve, or you don’t—you can make that decision right now. Right this very moment as you’re looking at your laptop or work computer or tablet. You’re in total control.

Sorry. I didn’t mean to get overly preachy on you there, but it’s true. You don’t have to do all of these things at once, either. Pick the one which you think would have the most positive impact on your life and go with it for 30 days. Fully commit to yourself and see what happens. You’ll probably be surprised, not only by how much better you feel, but by how easy it was. Success breeds success; picture a snowball. The longer you roll it down a hill, the bigger it gets. Is personal development much different? I don’t like to think so.

Let’s get started. Pick one of these and let us know what happens!

Learn How to Wake Up Early

…Or learn how to wake up early with ease. 30 days is more than long enough to get your body’s sleeping patterns to adjust to waking up as early as you want, without it being painful or requiring three pots of coffee. Mornings are full of inspiration, so this might be especially useful for you if you work in a creative or mentally taxing field. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, here are a couple of tips:

Light exercise in the afternoon/evening can go a long way to helping you fall asleep—even if you manage to get up early, a lot of the time it’s more difficult than it needs to be because it took you forever to fall asleep.

Turn off the screens for at least 30 minutes before going to bed. The light from your computer or tablet can mess with your circadian rhythm, so avoid browsing the web right before you go to bed. Get a traditional, paper book (yes, they still have those) and read in bed for those 30 minutes instead.

Turn down the thermostat so that it’s just a little bit chilly in your room. It’s very difficult to sleep when it’s too hot, and your sleep might be disturbed without you even knowing it. Turn down the temperature in your room so that it’s just a little bit cold outside the covers.

If you want to supercharge your mornings, check out our secret to getting up early.

Listen to Classical Music and Jog

You don’t have to be a big fan of running for this one (trust me, I’m not). And no excuse like, “Oh, I don’t have time!” Set a goal for yourself to jog two or three times per week for little bursts of 30 minutes. What makes this different than just jogging is the classical music—that’s not to be replaced with your favorite podcast or Abba’s Greatest Hits for those 30 minutes, either.

Research has shown in a multitude of studies that classical music has a positive effect on the brain (as opposed to, say, death metal). It’s also well known that even light exercise can get endorphins pumping through your body. What happens when you jog and listen to classical music is truly magical: you’ll feel fantastic. Try it once. Then do it for 30 days and see how you feel—it just might become a new habit.

Remove One Negative Influence Per Week for Four Weeks

Negative influences are abundant in our lives; that’s just how it is. It’s up to us how we navigate them and how we let them affect us. Negative influences can be people a lot of the time, but sometimes they’re something we have a lot more control over, like a garage or attic that we’ve wanted to clean out for the past three years. These little tasks can pile up and weigh on our minds without us even knowing about it. Think about the little nagging, negative influences in your life, and try to remove one per week for four weeks. You’ll be amazed at how much you can change in 30 days.