Whether your goal is to thrive in your current job or just be better about managing your day, creating everyday habits set you up for achieving success.
While some of us may easily adapt to working from home but it can also make us feel isolated, a little blue, and can be stressful. Creating structure can help you manage your day more effectively, avoid getting you down, and can benefit all aspects of your confined life. But don't worry, we’ve got you! Check out our ideas on establishing a healthy daily routine and setting yourself up for success form home.
EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE
A good night’s sleep leads to a successful daily routine! One very important factor to getting a good night's sleep? Put your phone, computer, and tablet away. Electronic devices before bed can delay our body’s internal clock which suppresses our body from releasing the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, can affect our REM sleep reducing the total amount of REM we get per night, and makes it trickier to fall asleep. Overtime, these factors can lead to chronic sleep deficiency which has a whole laundry list of negative side-effects such as memory and mood issues, a weakened immune system, weight gain, high blood pressure, and a risk of heart disease.
Our devices also emit blue light which can actually keep you awake longer and affect your quality of sleep. Additionally, if you set the alarm on your device and leave it across the room, it forces you to get out of bed immediately rather than hitting snooze or sitting in bed scrolling through your emails and social media.
Successful people also swear by waking up early in the morning. If you begin your morning at 5 or 6 AM, you have extra time to focus on what you need to do. Whether it’s working on your side hustle, creating to-do lists, centering yourself for the day, or just enjoying a cup of coffee, extra time in the morning can help you tremendously. Plus, it’s usually a quieter time to get some work done a little quicker or take a nice stroll before everyone else gets up.
Alongside waking up early, having a morning routine can set you up for the rest of the day. Not sure where to start? Begin with things such as making your bed. Studies show that making your bed helps boost productivity. Not only are you less likely to crawl back into bed but by accomplishing one successful task, you are more inclined to tackle additional tasks throughout the day. Figure out what’s best for your morning routine. It could involve taking a shower, meditating, going for a walk, or just enjoying your breakfast without any distractions. Exercise is also a great way to start your day. For some some tips on how to workout from home for any level, check out our blog article on finding the best workout for you here. The most important thing is to create a morning routine that you look forward to and works for your individual needs.
GOALS & INTENTIONS
Did you know that writing down your goals makes you 42% more likely to achieve them? It does! Keep a journal by your bedside or carry one with you during the day to jot down goals or thoughts as they come. If you wait too long, you may forget them. Don’t be afraid to dream big! If you aren’t sure what your goals may be, that’s okay. You can start with intentions too.
Intentions are guiding principles for how you want to live your day to day life and where you wish your life to go. Think of them as your roadmap to a happier and more fulfilling life. You can write your intentions down or you can repeat them in your daily meditation. Intentions can be anything that resonates with you. Here are a few intentions to get you started and can monumentally change how you operate throughout the day!
- My intention today is to practice gratitude
- I intend to see the goodness around me
- I intend to be happy
- I intend to lead by example
- I intend to love unconditionally
- My intention is to make a daily routine an important part of my lifestyle
A great way to achieve your goals is to get organized! It’s just as important to organize your space as it is your calendar.
To get your day-to-day organized, you may think about buying a daily or monthly planner. This will help you write down important events. And did you know physically writing something can help boost your memory and help with recall? It helps even more so than using your phone or computer. However, if it’s easier to carry around your phone instead of a planner, do what works for you! As long as you’re using something to help you organize your calendar, it’ll benefit you. Another great thing to add to your planner or the notes in your phone is a to-do list. To-do lists help keep you accountable and help you remember what needs to be completed each day.
Now that your calendar is in order, it’s time to get your space in order! A cluttered and disorganized space can make it very difficult to feel relaxed at home. You may have heard the term Feng Shui (fŭng shwāʹ) before. Feng Shui is a 5,000-year-old Chinese practice that believes every object possesses energy or a life force called chi. Chi interacts with and can affect everyone’s individual energy flow. It’s believed by adding, removing, or rearranging the objects in your space, you can effectively balance all these energies and in return create more happiness, health, success, and prosperity in your life. If you’re looking for some great tips on how to feng shui your home and bring more relaxation and happiness to your everyday life, check out this article by mindbodygreen .
PRACTICE MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION
Did you know for most people, cortisol or stress levels are higher in the morning? One great way to combat stress is to practice mindfulness and meditation. Developing a meditation practice can monumentally help shift your focus and mood. It’s easy to feel intimidated when starting to first meditate. There’s no reason to, meditation and mindfulness is easy and doesn’t need to be perfect! Start small and dedicate just 5 minutes each morning towards meditation. As you start to feel more comfortable, add more time to your daily meditations. There are great guided meditations you can find online from Calm.com or even on YouTube.
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Whenever starting something new, it’s normal to make mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, learn from it. Successful people aren’t naturally born that way. Some of the most successful people have struggled, failed, or heard the word “no” plenty of times before they got where they are today. Walt Disney was told by a previous newspaper editor that he lacked imagination, Oprah was fired from her first TV job as an anchor, even J.K. Rowling was in a rough patch of her life before writing the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling reflected on her struggles saying, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” The key to finding success in whatever you do is to see failures as a positive. Failing at something provides a learning opportunity and guides you one step further to finding success.
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