Deciding to change our lives for the better is sometimes much easier said than done. To do so we often have to proceed carefully yet assuredly towards a well focused target. Doing so requires planning. This paper delineates several ways we can direct that planning to best achieve the desired outcome.

One way to help yourself is by making your mind more open. An open mind allows you to fully experience the world in a way that you could not if you were more narrow or closed minded. Be curious. Ask questions and broaden your horizons. If you don’t try to find out about life outside your scope, you are really missing out and only looking at the world through a “bubble.”

Try working in blocks of 10 minutes to get more work done. It’s true that 10 minutes is not an eternity or a great deal of time to accomplish everything, but when used correctly, you can get so much done in that short period of time. After that time is up, take a break and start again.

You should avoid foods that are high in saturated fats. This would include most fast food meals. Foods with a high content of saturated fats can cause you to become sluggish, think more slowly and make you tired. Foods like this also cause poor circulation which can affect your brain.

By reducing your intake of products that contain aspartame, you can prevent blocking serotonin production. You will find aspartame in many diet products such as soda, pudding and yogurt, as well as a variety of others. You can reduce the chances of depressed feelings, insomnia and headaches with this reduction.

Remember that it is entirely acceptable to be less than perfect. Perfection leaves no room for learning or improvement, yet these are two of the things that can make life so exciting and enjoyable. Assess your imperfections to determine what their likely effects are on your life. More than likely, you will find that even your flaws shape who you are and how you live.

Spend some time doing something that makes you happy. It is important to play an active role in your own life story, instead of just watching it pass by. Watching life go by, without participating, cuts you off from the world, and humans were meant to get out there and live life.

When you are trying to improve a new skill, start a new diet, or even a new course, it is important to try and make it something you enjoy. If you are constantly dreading the new part of your life, you will quickly lose motivation and find ways to give yourself excuses.

Find a mentor. One of the most powerful forms of learning is by mirroring best practices of those who are already where you want to be. Find someone that you want to emulate and study their lives. If it is realistic to approach this person, reach out to them and ask them for some one-on-one time. If you do get personal time with your mentor, come in prepared with relevant questions you want to ask. Otherwise, you will just be wasting your time and theirs.

Keeping our sites set on life’s most beneficial targets and turned away from the more deleterious ones can sometimes be a confusing process. If we proceed one increment at a time, however, we can accomplish that within a more predictable time frame. The tips delineated above help us do just that.