Save your money.
There’s a point in all of our lives when it seems like all we have is our future, and we need to save as much as we can to get ourselves there. The problem with investing all of our money into our futures is that we forget how to live for today. We grow accustomed to living at the bare minimum hoping that someday it will all pay off. While saving is important, sometimes it’s more important to splurge for the sake of our sanity and happiness.
Always have a plan.
To be successful, I often find myself carefully planning every single day. It helps me do what needs to be done. It also makes things dull and somewhat monotonous. While planning has its perks, I find that I have the most fun when I break free of the mold and do the unexpected. It could be as small as going to see a movie on a week night, or as big as taking a spontaneous weekend vacation. It helps me stay balanced and in a paradoxical way motivates me to finish the not-so-fun stuff.
Work now, play later.
Sometimes it feels like every day is spent working to make money and working towards future life plans. Both involve the word “working”. Break the rules and do something fun; it will break the repetitiveness of the day and chances are you’ll be a more pleasant person to be around, both in the office and at home.
Never judge a book by its cover.
We know that it is impossible to know a person based on the way that they look, and that rule is generally true. But it IS possible to judge a situation not only by the way it looks, but by the way it makes you feel. If something feels wrong to you – it probably is. Don’t get stuck in a situation that you are too smart to be in. Follow your intuition.
Take only what you need.
Sometimes it’s just more fun to take what we want in addition to what we need. Take an extra serving of that delicious meal you’re being treated to. Order a large instead of a small. Buy 2 new books instead of 1. Take a personal day not because you need to, because you want to. Of course, this rule should only be broken in moderation, but I guarantee it will bring you much needed self-satisfaction.