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What are the best ways to make your life easier?
Ease is a bit of a paradox.
The reason for this is simple.
In order to have an easy life (unless you’re born into tremendous wealth) you must first endure a hard life.
Today, my life is easier than it’s ever been.
I don’t worry about my bills, I have plenty of money to put away at the end of every month, I’m healthy, happy, and generally don’t have to do tasks that I don’t enjoy (I have a maid, personal chef, groceries delivered to my doorstep weekly).
But to get to this point, I had to work long hours, sacrifice time with friends, and girlfriends, adopt habits that were hard at the time, and go through more adversity than I care to remember while my peers were partying in Vegas, Jets skiiing in San Diego or wine tasting in Napa Valley…
So with this framework in mind, here are 25 things that will make your life easier in the long run (even if they suck in the short term).
1. Create Passive Income
Passive income makes your life 20x easier (maybe 50x easier). When you wake up with more money in your bank than you went to sleep with, that’s when life starts to get interesting.
You view work differently. You take on projects not for money – but for what’s going to get you out of bed in the morning.
However, building a passive income stream is VERY hard upfront. Whether you’re writing a book, building a business, or investing in real estate, you will need to go through some pain to achieve this goal.
But when you have enough passive income to cover 100% of your lifestyle expenses in a few years… It will be well worth it.
2. Hire People Who Are Better than You Are (Even If You’re an Employee)
If you aren’t good at something, then hire someone else to do it.
Yes, it’s hard to cough up the cash I get it trust me I get it. You will likely make less in the short term, but in the long term. That’s a different story.
If you don’t want to do a task and it’s less expensive to pay someone else than it is to spend your own time on it (to determine this, figure out your hourly rate and then compare it to the cost of outsourcing the task) then do it.
I have a housekeeper, a personal chef, and a dozen employees or so. Even though the hiring and managing process comes with its own set of challenges, having these individuals in place has made my life 20x easier.
Plus, I’m the type of leader who hires great talent then let that team member run with their own projects. I’m not checking in daily at all. I have 30 minute check ins once per week. It makes everyone more productive and happier to be honest.
3. Create Easily Accessible Documents Containing Important Information
Seriously. Scan and save pictures of your driver’s license, passport, social security card, tax returns, important reciepts and anything else you might need later all in a password protected folder.
It will take 5 minutes today but could save you hours of wasted time searching for lost documents in the future.
4. Do Yoga for 15 Minutes a Day… that’s it
It will reduce stress, ease muscle pain, promote relaxation, and improve your health. It only takes a couple of minutes to reap the benefits and will make the rest of your life profoundly easier.
If you don’t have 15 minutes for your health then you’re doing it wrong.
5. Exercise In the Sunlight for 15 Minutes Every Morning
Sure, exercise might seem hard. But you know what’s harder? Struggling with chronic disease, exhaustion, and insomnia.
By doing a quick jumpstart exercise 15 minutes in the morning you will keep your body healthy, promote more restful sleep, and stave off illness. Which is MUCH easier in the long run.
6. Throw Clothes Away if You Haven’t Worn them in 6 Months
You clearly don’t need them and they’re taking up space that you could use for things you care about. Just look at it and if it doesn’t bring you any sort of joy then donate that item.
7. Take a Long Weekend and Completely Organize Your House and Life
These three days will improve the long term quality of your life by leaps and bounds. When you organize your house, your goals, and your life with bulletproof systems, everything becomes easier.
8. Never Make Big Purchases on Credit
Getting into debt is easy in the short term and painful in the long term. Don’t do it. Please re-read this.
9. Use Amazon Prime Pantry to Order Toiletries and Household Items on Repeat
This will save you hours of shopping each month and prevent you from having to waddle like a duck around the house when you run out of toilet paper let alone stand in line at the grocery store to make emergency runs for these items.
10. Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep deprivation sucks. Being well rested and fully recharged makes your life easier. Get 8 hours of sleep a night and you’ll find that your workouts, job, and relationships will improve almost overnight.
The people who promote sleeping less to get more done can do that all they want. You’ll outlive them.
11. Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal
Negativity makes you a miserable person. Life is hard when you’re miserable man.
Be grateful instead!
It only takes a few minutes and will help you have a more positive and empowering day.
12. Buy 3–5 Outfits that Make You Look Like a Million Bucks and Wear them In Rotation
Do you really need 100 shirts and 30 pairs of shoes?
Stick to 3–5 outfits that you love, wear them every week, and then buy a new set of outfits each season during big retail sales events.
You don’t have to spend a lot to look and feel great.
13. Eat the Same Foods 5 Days a Week
Eat whatever you want on the weekends, but stick to the same healthy meals Monday through Friday and you will make your life way easier.
This will make tracking your calories, cooking, and shopping for groceries far easier than you can imagine.
14. Use Electrolyte Hydration Supplements and Coconut Charcoal Capsules for When You Drink Heavily
Take 2–4 capsules of this stuff before bed and it will reduce your hangover significantly.
Which is WAY easier than puking in the morning because you had one too many drinks.
15. Invest in an Amazing Mattress
You’ll sleep better, feel better, and live better. It’s well worth the cost and one of the few things that I personally think is ok to buy on credit.
You will spend 28% of your life on a mattress so why wouldn’t you?
16. “Just Google It”
Seriously, before you ask your boss, clients, or family members about something, just Google it. This will prevent you from asking stupid questions or wasting people’s time. Figure it out! And only then when you’re absolutely stumped…ask.
17. Plan Your Days the Night Before
Having unproductive days is HARD. Having them for weeks and months can put you into financial scarcity and make life seem impossible.
Instead, ensure productivity by planning your days the night before and having a clear battle plan for every work day.
18. Setup Automated Bank Drafts for Your Savings and Investing Accounts
Pay yourself first and do it automatically.
When you have multiple 5-figures in savings and a 6-figure retirement account, your life will get easier than you can imagine.
19. Buy a Roomba
Hate vacuuming? Me too.
Buy a Roomba and never pick up a vacuum again.
20. Get a Smart Home Set Up
With Amazon Alexa and comparable products, you can save yourself hours upon hours of time each year that you waste by getting up in the middle of the night to change the thermostat, turn lights on and off, or set alarms.
It’s expensive up front but it will save you tons of time and effort in the long run.
21. Meditate Every Day and for At Least 20 Minutes Before Making Big Decisions
Few things make your life harder than feeling overwhelmed and making bad decisions.
By meditating for a few minutes every day and for at least 20 minutes before big decisions you will put yourself into a clear state of mind and make your life far easier as time goes on.
22. Cut Toxic People Out of Your Life
They make your life miserable and aren’t worth your time.
It will be hard to cut them out but easier once they’re gone.
23. Train MMA for At Least 1 Year
This might seem weird to have on a list like this, but having the confidence in yourself and knowing that you can defend yourself if you were ever put in a dangerous situation makes your time out on the town far more fun and enjoyable.
Learn to defend yourself now so that you never have to worry about whether or not you’ll be ok later.
24. Binge Watch Funny TV Shows and Standups on a Regular Basis
Because laughter makes life easier.
25. Remember that You’re Dead Anyways 🙂
At the end of the day, no one gets off this rock alive.
So smile, relax, and don’t worry so much.
It’s all going to end one day anyways.
Enjoy it while you can, but don’t take it too seriously. It’s not like any of this will matter 1,000 years from now.
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