Since lockdown began, I have picked up some positive habits that have changed my life for the better. From reading (A LOT) to having the opportunity to trial different routines, I think I have found what works best for me and my lifestyle.
Working from home has definitely helped with the success of my morning routine; having extra time and nowhere to rush off to makes it easier but I will definitely make sure to still implement all of these when it is time to return to the office.
Obviously, everyone is different and what works for some, does not work for all; I just wanted to share some of the changes I have made and why they are working so well. Do what you love and if you don’t love it don’t do it!
“Success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn
- Clear your mind. Wake up an hour earlier and just have 10-15 minutes of silence; don’t look at your phone or turn on the radio, try and just avoid all distractions. You can close your eyes if it helps. I guess what I’m trying to say is meditate but I feel like this verb might scare some people off and it needn’t. If you have never done this before, set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes and just sit with a straight back and focus on breathing. You will be surprised how many new ideas float around your mind and how creative you get when not focusing on anything. This will set the tone and mindset for what you want to accomplish that day.
- Eat a low-carb breakfast and try and avoid sugar. I implemented this after my latest read by Jordan B. Peterson, ’12 Rules for Life’. Simple carbohydrates and sugars digest too quickly and therefore produce an energy spike and then dip. In an ideal world wouldn’t we all eat a bowl of Golden Nuggets for breakfast every day? Although I am not the type of person to watch what I eat or jump on the latest diet craze, this is a habit which makes sense to me, I understand the reasons behind it, and have already seen the benefits. My current favourite low-carb, no sugar breakfast is scrambled eggs with avocado and tomatoes. This takes me nicely to the next ritual…
- Exercise. There are hundreds of benefits of exercising in the morning, from setting the tone for the rest of the day, releasing ‘feel-good’ endorphins and being generally more alert and focused. This isn’t at all saying that going to the gym in the evening or of a lunch time is wrong, and by ‘exercise’ it doesn’t have to be an hour of Cardio. If you are someone who prefers going to the gym later, then you should continue doing so; even one minutes worth of exercise in the morning can change your day entirely. Personally, I do a 20-minute Pilates video on YouTube but even 50 jumping jacks will get the blood pumping and you’ll feel 10 times more awake than you did before. *Remember, don’t exercise on an empty stomach after fasting all night. Your body will mop up all of your blood sugar making you feel tired all day and cannot be reset until you get more sleep.
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for. I think this is my favourite habit to come out of 2020. Every morning I write down three things I am grateful for. My lists started off with easy things like: eating dinner as a family, my plants, my job, living by the sea. As weeks went on, I’ve had to become more thoughtful and think a bit deeper. My most recent lists include: my mum’s work ethic, my ability to read and educate myself and working from a young age. My goal is to keep this habit going and read them back to myself to remind me how much there is to be grateful for. A lot of people I have spoken to, do this ritual in the evenings and it clearly works very well for them. If you are more of a Night Owl then I would recommend trying this instead, as I said before different things work for different people. As well as writing down what I am grateful for, I also have lists of goals. Quick ticks and long-term goals but all productive; nobody likes a busy fool. Prioritising and writing it down pen to paper emphasizes the importance and makes it more likely to get done. Soon, these goals on paper become real accomplishments.
Just these 4 changes alone have made such a massive difference to my year and overall productivity. It is never too late to start and with over 100 days left of 2020, you can still completely turn your year around. There is no rush, take time to appreciate the journey and the milestones, consistency is key. If anyone has any more daily habits that work really well, I would love to hear them and try them out.
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