8 Easy Skills That Will Improve Your Daily Life
Sometimes it's the little things that can completely alter your well-being. Reddit user tea_fiend_26 posted a thread posing the question, "What's a skill you've learned that has improved your daily life?" The answers that other users replied with are incredibly useful and easy to implement into your typical day. Check out our favorite tips!
1. Be Able to Forgive Yourself.
"I've learned to forgive myself. Kicking myself over past failures won't change what happened, it will just leave me sore from being kicked so much. So I've given up all hope for a better past. I own who I've been so it doesn't own me." — Reddit user techniforus
2. Don't Wait to Clean Something Up.
"Clean as you go. It's such a tiny, simple thing but is such a huge departure from how most people live their lives it's tough to get into. People always comment now that I'm super clean and tidy, just because I wipe up a few drips of coffee that spill from my cup as soon as it happens.
But it is SO much nicer and comfortable living in a clean place, where you basically just put things away when you're done with them, instead of letting grime and clutter build up for a week or two and cleaning it all at once." — Reddit user sonofaresiii
3. Allow People to Talk.
"Letting people finish their sentences before I start mine. Conversations flow like gravy." — Reddit user Hewfe
4. Figure Out the Best Way to Manage Your Time.
"I've learned how to manage my time. I used to consistently run late, anywhere from 5-15 minutes, until I realized that racing around and still being late made me feel stressed and anxious (never mind the fact that being late all the time is disrespectful as fuck to everyone who has the decency to show up on time).
I spent some time really exploring how much time it takes to complete basic tasks. I started to pay attention to how much time it actually takes to get from point A to point B. I made it a priority to be early, and then gradually fine tuned the process until I was dialed in to arrive on time without being super early. I stopped making excuses for why I was late, and pretty soon I didn't have a reason to make excuses . . . Now I can be on autopilot and still be where I need to be, with all of my tasks completed, with about five minutes to spare.
Being on time is a habit, just like being late is. It's a much less stressful and more pleasant habit to have though." — Reddit user FromCornerToCrumb
5. Learn How to Speak Articulately.
"Public Speaking skills. Being able to articulate a thought without saying um, a, like, uhh, etc. People take you more seriously, you sound much more intelligent, and people can more easily understand your thought process" — Reddit user itsfoine
6. Become a Negotiating Pro.
"Learning how to negotiate. When you think about it, most of your life is about negotiating a better deal, be it a better salary, a better position or just a better life.
It's the one skill they don't teach in any school but is essential to your life. Read some books on it and it will change your life." — Reddit user Toby_O_Notoby
7. Be Able to Say No.
"Saying no to people. Don't feel bad about saying no, it's better than saying yes when you're not comfortable with doing something, and you don't make excuses on why you can't do something." — Reddit user IvoryFrost
8. Don't Rush to Make Purchases.
I don't rush to buy the new hot thing, and after I sleep on it I usually realize I have a decent slightly-used thing already. Or, I realize it makes sense to get the new thing. But taking the emotional rush of impulse buying off the table has been tremendously good for my financial well-being.
I think delayed gratification also helps in not feeling entitled. Waiting isn't inherently bad. It isn't an injustice. It's just waiting; we all do it. Wait your turn." — Reddit user Mookyhands