Updated: Feb 21, 2021
This year has presented new challenges for us all to deal with. We have faced the reality of finding new routines, new ways of working as well as adapting to periods of isolation. Adding shorter days, and the cool, wet weather that winter brings can make it hard to find motivation.
The importance of our daily habits
What thoughts do you have on a regular basis? What activities and habits do you incorporate into your daily life? Our future success is determined by our daily habits. Building good habits is one of the key ways to improve your life. Our daily actions and thoughts are indicators of our future success.
Since I am Canadian and have been unable to visit my family and friends in Canada like I would normally do a couple of times a year, I have made 2020 a year of learning and growth for me. Each day I spend time reading a book or listening to a podcast by inspiring authors. This has been invaluable in keeping me motivated through this unprecedented time.
Evaluate Your Habits
What do you daily to enhance your life? When you consider your daily habits, which ones gear your day up to be positive, make you feel good and set you up for success? Building good habits is vital to our overall health and happiness. As you evaluate your habits, consider which ones are holding you back. It is important to break the bad habits to free us to move forward in our lives.
A key shift for me in 2020 has been to shift my mindset to focus only on those things that I can control. Regardless of what is going on around me, I try to focus on the positive things and be grateful for what I have and experience.
Plan for Self-Care
Set yourself up for success every day. Make time for self-care and remember that self-care is not self-indulgence. It is committing to yourself first to become your best every day. The simpler your daily plan, the more likely it is that you will follow it. Each day, commit to incorporating 1 new positive practice in to your schedule.
A key element for me is to carve out time each day for fresh air and exercise. I have seen some incredible places near my home (learn to love where you live!) and shared some incredible miles with encouraging and supportive friends through 2020. I now wake up earlier each day to give myself a chance to journal or read before the business of my normal schedule begins.
Ideas for Healthy Habits
*Commit to drinking more water
*Commit to getting movement in each day (don’t worry about fitting in long or strenuous workouts, just find time each day to move your body!)
*Commit to reading a book. Bonus if you can determine one aspect of your life you would like to focus on and find an expert who has published a book in the area.
*Commit to waking up 10 minutes earlier to start your day with intention!
*Plan your meals. Eat as many real foods as you can while eliminating processed foods. *Scribe/Journal.
*Be grateful. Express Gratitude. Give thanks.
‘Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your hours so you create your years’ – Robin Sharma