This list contains items 8 through 14 from the complete #14thingsin2014. Get them all here.
(8) make a virtual piggy bank
If you're trying to save money, try this out: Every time you skip an unnecessary expense... if you decide to cook instead of go out to dinner, if you skip that last extra drink, if you go for a run instead of a Soul Cycle class... jot that amount down somewhere. At the end of the month, or some period of time, add up what you saved. Seeing how it adds up will give you the reassurance that you're doing the right thing!
(9) be a better listener
I'm so guilty of this, and I get it - it's hard to focus sometimes on what people are saying when you have a million and one things going on in your head. But don't. Don't be self-important, don't be an asshole - someone is taking the time to speak to you. Listen. You can think about what you're having for dinner in a minute.
(10) take a break from the booze
Take a month off from drinking. I'm doing it right now for the first time, like, ever... and honestly, I feel incredible. It's not as hard as I thought it would be, and I think when I do decide to drink again, I will be more mindful about not overdoing it. I have so much going on right now - I need to be focused... I just don't have the time to be hungover for one second.
(11) read a book
If you live in NYC, there is just no excuse to not have a great book downloaded in iBooks for subway riding. And for everyone else, consider listening to an audiobook on your drive to work if you feel like you don't have time to pick up an actual book. If you're looking for a good book to read, try signing up for goodreads, a book recommendation website that sort of works like Pandora or Spotify. I'm currently reading mostly business-oriented books, and two recent favorites are Get Big Fast and Do More Good, which is written by the guys who started the Yes To Carrots brand (love them), and Breakthrough Branding.
(12) cut the social media
Seriously. I bet you would be surprised to know how much time you waste by mindlessly opening a new tab to Facebook every time you get bored or stuck on whatever you're working on. Give yourself a limit to how many times you can check a day and stick to it. Use this site to limit the time you spend there. My biggest issue is that I get sucked into articles I want to read - even if they are business-related, bookmark them for later so you don't get sidetracked.
(13) eat more greens
If you haven't tried green smoothies, now is the time! My 3-day cleanse is super-popular and pretty much guarantees the loss of a few pounds. If you're not ready to invest in a Vitamix, try a Nutri Bullet for a little over $100. Think of the money you'll save on juices - totally worth it. I'm working on some new recipes for a little eBook situation so make sure you subscribe to the newsletter to stay up on that!
(14) let happiness live inside you
Understand that you are the only one in control of your own happiness. Not material things, a promotion at work, or a relationship... Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose. Things are going to happen that are out of your control - you can only control how you react. The power to be truly happy lies only within you.