11 Lifestyle Changes You Need To Make If You Want To Be Successful


All of us want to be successful in our work and lives. Unfortunately, many of us let our current lifestyle choices get in the way – never getting enough sleep, overcommitting to projects and get-togethers, eating like garbage – which can all lead to constant exhaustion. How are we supposed to be productive at work and on top of tackling personal goals if we are perma-tired and unmotivated? We have to make some big changes to our lives if we want to be successful. Here are 11 lifestyle changes you need to make if you want to be successful:

1. Invest in yourself 

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2. Get your beauty sleep

If you’re getting up earlier, then it just makes sense to be going to bed earlier. This is especially important to those of us who are already not getting enough sleep. Getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep is crucial for a rested and clear mind. When you have a rested mind, you can come at your day with your full attention and tackle your goals.

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3. Start reading more

It’s said that successful people read every day, as it challenges them and opens them to new ideas, so it’s time to start prioritizing reading your life!  Reading makes you smarter and is also a very relaxing past-time. Finding a way to relax that is also benefiting your brain in a constructive way is a win-win for successful Career Girls.

4. Get some exercise

Exercise sounds like torture to many, but tackling physical goals is one way you can step up your game in successfully tackling your work and life goals. Not only is it going to make you more focused and energized, but you will feel healthier in the process!

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5. Go outside more

Even for the most hermit-like of us, getting outside into the sunshine has a way of making us feel better. If you’re feeling stagnant and burned out at work, it’s especially important you make it a point to get outside more. According to experts at Ohio University, exercising in nature is a very effective way to fight and prevent occupational burnout.

6. Start food prepping

We’ve all had those days where there are just not enough hours, so we tend to fall on speedy takeout food to feed us. This food is usually unhealthy and expensive, cutting in on any health or savings goals we might have. Instead, dedicate one day to prepping all of your meals for the week; it will save you a lot of time and money.

7. Get familiar with your finances

We’ve all got money issues, whether they be school loans, credit card debt, or any of the many money mistakes we might make, and we need to tackle them. Money stress is one of the worst stresses you can have in your life, but by taking a good look at your finances and making a budget, you can worry about one less thing and start focusing on other goals.

8. Get away from your phone!

We love our phones. Games, social media, and the ability to win any argument with a quick google search are all in a portable device that fits in the palm of your hand. But, it’s wise to take a break from time to time, let your mind and eyes rest from constantly being plugged in.

9. Take a day for yourself!

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in life, taking on new challenges at work, spending time with friends and family, and doing favors for people, it’s easy to forget to take time for ourselves. But, even for you extroverts out there, it’s important to take some time to be completely alone. You can’t be the most successful you if you are not taking the time to reflect on yourself and get to know the true you.

10. Be more outgoing

While it seems contradictory to the previous advice, this is more for my fellow introverts out there. Networking is an important part of being a successful Career Girl, and getting yourself to be more outgoing so you can connect with the right people is going to make your job search or getting ahead in your career a lot easier.

A lot of these people are going to want to call you, though, and if you are like me, you get a little phone anxiety. You can combat this by letting calls go to voicemail so you can address the call when you’ve psyched yourself up– just make sure your voicemail is actually set up so these important people can confirm who they are calling.

11. Love yourself!

Here’s one that many people forget — ultimate success is loving and being happy with yourself! Truly loving yourself and being confident will bleed into every aspect of your life, whether it be your work life or your personal life. Treat yourself, compliment yourself, and do your best to get rid of negativity in your life. Loving yourself is the ultimate success.

Written by Mila Sanchez

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  • Sheriden

    I love love love these points. I struggle with getting up early even though I have about three alarms set, starting at 5:30. I typically get up at 6:30 and don’t leave my bed until 15 to 30 minutes later. It’s a struggle. I think if I could get that more in gear, I’d be off to a more successful lifestyle because the rest will follow lol. Thanks for the insight!


  • Alexis deZayas

    I’ve made goals to wake up earlier and read and exercise more this year and it truly makes a difference! Now I need to work on getting in bed earlier at night :)


  • Nicole Fromhold

    Get up earlier isn’t working for me. Now. I get less sleep because of my youngest. The other points I’ve implemented in my life. It was a challenge. But I’m feeling so much better and more confident in my business.

  • dreamofadventures

    Food prepping has made my life so much less stressful. Now sunday evenings I calmly prepare a few meals before the week and it has made more time during the weekday for other things. Really recommend it!


  • E.J Green

    Thanks for the advice, but the best part of these tips is that they are achieve!!

    E.J http://e-js-world.blogspot.com.au/

  • Carmen M. Figueroa

    Excellent article. 👍🏻

  • Neens Bea

    Love these tips! I used to baulk at the idea of getting up early, but lately I have woken up really early on my own accord. It is great to have so many extra hours at my disposal, to use however I like! :-)


  • Natalie Redman

    Yes! Love yourself is most important :)


  • Kamira Gayle

    These are all great tips. Admittedly I need to work on some of these especially taking me time for myself. I’m actively working on it though and happier for it.

  • Liam Havard

    Love this list! Especially your point of loving yourself – I think that’s a goal in itself, right? But the wonders it does for the mind!

    Liam :)

  • Hippie Fish Beach Art

    I genuinely believe humans are cleverer than they think….you can achieve anything your heart’s desire with hard work.

    Eat well, sleep well and exercise. Good peer group, good friends and as much laughter as you can handle.
    Be your own person, be the boss.

  • George Fairclough

    I’ve implemented a lot of these into my life and I’m really starting to see the benefits!!! Great post, once again!


  • blogoratti

    Wonderful tips and very practical too. A great reminder indeed, and thanks for sharing.

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