Here are 10 things you should start doing for you

1. If you need time for yourself, just tell people "I'm busy" - it's a legitimate excuse.

In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce yet precious commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it.
— Michael Hyatt, author and life coach

2. Stop checking email when you leave work - rarely is anything so urgent that you can't wait to read and respond to it till the next morning.

“BIF” stands for “before I forget” and refers to emails sent on evenings or weekends out of fear of forgetting a to-do or follow-up. This sets a mutual expectation of 24/7 work hours and causes a plethora of problems.
— Tim Ferriss, human guinea pig and author

3. Give yourself permission to buy any book you want at any time - it's an investment in you. Oh, and be sure to read them.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin

4. Drive to work with the car windows rolled down and the music turned up. If people look, just smile and start dancing.

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.
— William W. Purkey

5. Leave a note scribbled on a napkin along with a large tip - not only will you make someone's day, you'll feel pretty amazing too.

We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things.
— Frances Chan, author and pastor

6. Get plenty of rest each night - your whole body will thank you for it.

A good night’s sleep has immediate effects on our productivity, and, best of all, it can even help us keep our other resolutions.
— Sendhil Mullainathan, professor at Harvard

7. Start writing down your thoughts for 10 minutes a day - it exercises your reasoning and coherency of thought.

Once we get those muddy, maddening, confusing thoughts [nebulous worries, jitters, and preoccupations] on the page, we face our day with clearer eyes.
— Julia Cameron, author

8. Create an uninterruptable routine for the first thirty minutes or hour of every day.

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
— Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

9. Doodle. In meetings, over dinner, during a movie, at the park... just doodle. It's therapeutic and surprisingly revealing.

The very act of creating a Doodle necessarily engages the mind. Doodling IS thinking, soldiers, it’s just thinking in disguise.
— Sunni Brown, The Doodle Revolution

10. Quit things that aren't adding value to your life.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
— Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993

Jacob Jolibois is the founder of The Archer's Guild, a content marketer at MESH - a Baton Rouge based marketing and advertising agency and a contributor to Lifehack. The only thing he likes better than a great idea is a great idea followed by purposeful action.