Are your days hectic and stressful? Do you find yourself scrambling constantly? Unfortunately, our days often control us, leaving little time to accomplish the things that matter.
Yet by taking a few minutes to consciously plan our day, we can create a healthy and productive routine. By repeating simple, yet powerful habits, we can move closer to fulfillment and composure. Having positive habits embedded into your day is a powerful way to “kick ass and take names.”
The following are 11 simple habits that will tremendously aid you in creating the day that you desire.
Drink water upon waking: Drinking water as soon as you wake up is a powerful way to start your day. The first thing you should do when you get up ( aside from rolling out of bed of course), is drink a glass of water. This will jog your brain and help you get moving. Try putting a bottle of water near your bed so you don’t forget.
Go for 30-minute walk: I realize many people don’t have enough “time” to walk for 30 minutes, but I promise the benefits are well worth the effort. Walking not only strengthens your bones and immune system but also does wonders for your mood. Get the family involved or use it for one on one time with your pets.
Visualize: Set aside 10-15 minutes to just imagine yourself in your ideal life. How do you feel? What it is it like? Get excited about the future you. When you visualize success, you’re calling your subconscious mind to go to work.
Deep breathe: There is no reason why you can’t do this everyday. Whether it be while at a traffic light or while your waiting in a long line, take sometime and draw a few deep breaths each day. Feel the positive energy flow into your body. Take a few breathes now.
Eat slowly: To be honest this is something I’m working on myself. In our fast paced world, too often we devour our food without appreciating the meal. If you eat slow, not only will you eat less but you will immerse yourself in the moment and enjoy your food a great deal more.
Smile: Free and simple, do it.
Be thankful: Too often we get caught up in what’s wrong with the world, instead shift your perspective and appreciate the blessings in your life. Not thankful for anything? Be thankful for your computer. Take a few moments and reflect on how privileged you really are. You can’t be miserable while thankful, gratitude is a powerful cure.
Help someone: Don’t go to bed unless this one is checked off your listen. There are literally hundreds of ways you can help someone. Take some time to listen to someone in need. Hold the door for someone. Choose the farthest parking spot so someone who is running late can park up front. Get creative! The possibilities are endless.
Take a step towards your dreams: Do one action that will move you towards your dream everyday. Don’t know what what to do? Try crafting a mission statement. Consistent action yields results. As Steve Pavlina says ” People overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish in 5.”Just take a step.
Seek inspiration: When you surround yourself with inspiration you condition yourself to create. Inspiration can be found anywhere. Have deep conversations, watch inspiring videos, meditate , or just observe. Find the beauty in life. Inspiration is there, can you find it?
The total time of doing all of the above shouldn’t take more than a few hours a day max. See if you can do all 11 habits everyday for a month. I promise that if you do, your life will be forever changed. Get going