How To Change Your Life Without Turning Your Life Upside Down

Published on November 3, 2011 by

There are many effective ways to change your life for the better. Some ways take a lot of time and some ways take a lot of money. You can travel the world and that would broaden your horizons, boost your knowledge and confidence--and take a good bit of time and money.

I've only been to five countries, but that's enough to know it takes time and money.

There are other ways to change your life that do not require such commitment. Here is a suggestion and it won't cost you any more time or money — just a little flexibility.

You can change your life by changing your routine behavior! That's right, you can change your life simply by doing what you always do...differently!

Doing the same things in the same ways can save us decision making time and a familiar routine can ease a stressful day. It can also dig a rut we unintentionally stay in and cause us to miss some great experiences along the way.

So, this week, shake things up a bit. Leave for work earlier and take a different route. Listen to music you don't normally listen to, read a different kind of book (if you normally read nonfiction, dive into fiction). Shave with your non-dominant hand, write a thank you note to someone (how often do you do that?) write a poem, go to lunch with someone at work you don't often spend time with, change your exercise routine and surprise your body.

Spend some time thinking about the things you normally do and then do them differently! This will change your perspective, exercise your brain and refresh you. Your routine experience won't be routine anymore. Getting in a rut diminishes our productivity, creativity and innovation. That's a career killer, not to mention what it does to our inner self.

We don't have to travel outside the country to visit new surroundings. We can just adjust or journey to include new behaviors, sights and encounters. And we don't need a passport to do that.


  1. Dana

    This makes SO much sense! All the big fitness guru's tell you to change up your exercise routine every 4 weeks or so in order for your body to you won't plateau. It makes sense then, that the same would happen with your mind! This week I'm looking forward to changing up a few things and seeing what new experiences come along the way.

    • Alan Allard

      Dana, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. I love your blog, you are an incredible writer...

  2. Randall


    Great ideas. Your blog is a great challenge to the concept that "it takes money to make money." Without so much as the expense of a seminar, readers can take your ideas and change our perspectives by a few changes to our routines. Your ideas are ever so simple and yet ever so profound at the same time. Easy to implement, yet powerful in impact.


    • Alan Allard

      Randall, thanks for your insight on the thinking it takes money to make money and for supporting my blog and for being the incredible friend you are!

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