Optimise is the topic I am talking about today. Representing O – Optimise from Optimising Life.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m focussing these posts on the first letters of my Facebook Group ‘Optimising Life’ and if you haven’t already joined, why not pop along and take a look. The group is a safe space to learn and exchange ideas about living an optimised life and making the best of every day.


Optimise, what does it actually mean?

So, let’s start off by thinking about what optimise or optimisation actually means. It’s a term that you might hear frequently these days, meaning ‘to make something as good or effective as possible’.

By optimising our lives, we’re aiming to maximise this wonderful opportunity that we have to be here, on this planet, no matter how many unexpected twists and turns we may face on our individual paths. Despite everything, we can still make the very best of our lives.

And this is an important point. Optimisation is not the same as perfectionism. Living an optimal life means acknowledging our problems along the way, but living with a sense of gratitude for the good things and trying to make improvements where we can. Whereas perfectionism often leads to dissatisfaction, optimisation comes from a place a gratitude with added curiosity. By remaining curious and asking ourselves, ‘what tiny changes could I make to improve?’ we can start to optimise our lives.

Sounds great, but where do I start?

Depending on your situation right now, you may be wondering where to start. I genuinely believe that the journey should begin with our health. Once we improve our health and wellbeing, we have the energy and motivation to improve other aspects of our lives such as work, finance and relationships. So, how do we optimise our health? It’s not as difficult as it sounds. By making tiny, manageable changes to our habits, we can often achieve amazing results.
In Japan, they have a word for this type of optimisation. The word is ‘kaizen’, and it means ‘change for good’ or ‘continuous improvement’. It’s mainly used in business, and in particular, manufacturing, but it would serve us all to apply the principles of kaizen to our health and wellbeing.

Here are five suggestions for changes that you could make to optimise your health right now.

  1. Drink more water
    Staying hydrated will help to prevent snacking. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Staying hydrated will also help to prevent brain fog, keep your energy up, prevent headaches and of course, cleanses the body.
  2. Get your workout clothes ready before going to bed
    Research has shown that people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick to their regime. If you leave your exercise till later in the day, you’re more likely to feel tired or have to deal with unforeseen problems which may stop you from exercising. So, whether you’re going for a run or doing an online workout, get your kit ready the night before and that’s one less excuse that you can make.
  3. Plan your meals
    It’s difficult to eat healthily if there’s nothing healthy in the fridge. When you’re feeling ravenous and short of time, it’s difficult to make the best choices and may well opt for high fat, high carb foods over healthier options. By planning your meals ahead of time, you will know exactly what you are going to eat, which will save you from making poor decisions on the spur of the moment.
  4. Start the day with a green smoothie
    Pack five-a-day into a glass at breakfast. There are so many benefits to eating leafy greens that it’s worth ensuring you get a portion every day by starting off with a green smoothie.
  5. Take ten minutes out of every day to meditate.
    Remember, meditation is a practice, so if you find it difficult at first, don’t worry everybody does. Just put a timer on, sit still and focus on your breathing. You will get distracted at first, but it will get easier and the benefits are definitely worth it.
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