I recently started reading “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg and it has made me think about some of my own habits and the things that have become routine for me. I highly recommend it by the way, and no, I have not been paid to say this…hehe. I’d like to think I’m an avid reader, however, truth be told, I don’t have as much time in my days as I would like to just sit and read. Anyhow, I try to make the most out of my days and there are certain things that are not negotiable for me.
Here are a few things that have become habit for me and help me stay focused throughout the work-week.
- Making the bed in the morning – This helps me start my day feeling accomplished. I like to come home to a clean and organized space. This is also true for the living room and kitchen. If the spaces around me remain clutter free then there’s less cleaning to do. Clutter gets in the way of my productivity.
- Exercise- exercising is something I learned from watching my mother. I was involved in youth track and started running at a young age. I was in sports throughout high school and have continued to exercise since then. My weekly goal is to exercise 4-5 times a week, it has become a part of my weekly routine.
- Food- taking a lunch break and removing myself from the office is essential for my health, not only because taking a break is healthy, but because nutrition is also important.
- To do lists – I’m a box person, in other words I use boxes when I create my to-do lists. Checking off that box helps me feel accomplished. Taking the time to write my to-do list at the end of my work day keeps my mind free from trying to remember what it is that I need to do next.
- Planning ahead – I plan my days out but leave room for flexibility. As they say, failing to plan is planning to fail. I plan out the things that I need to do throughout my week but remind myself to leave room for flexibility if something unplanned should happen to come up.
- Me time – Sometimes being flexible means being okay with giving myself the time I need to rest. I have RA and with that come days where the pain is too tiring. Yes, exercising helps, but my body also needs rest.
We all have our own routines. Mine revolves around my health and well-being and throughout the years I’ve learned to prioritize.