9 ways to make the most of every day
Everyday life is often busy.
Work and screens can take up so much time there’s little space for anything else.
Daily habits can offer an effective buffer.
Simple routines create quality time
A few simple routines help to create quality time and moments of contentment that make a big difference in how you feel.
- Start the day by making the bed
I know this sounds like a very small thing. By making the bed, you will make it more inviting to come home to at the end of the day.
- Do something before checking your phone
Find something you like doing so you create some space at the start of your day. I like to write in my morning journal. Related post: This book changes lives
- Make time to have fresh air
Ideally, this would be in some green space. Maybe you can walk through a park or sit outside to have your lunch. There’s evidence that shows how being outdoors has a big impact on well-being.
- Do one thing at a time
With modern devices, multi-tasking has become a part of daily life. However, our brains really can only manage one thing at a time. When you focus on one thing you can be more effective, whatever you are doing. Related post: One thing at a time
Try to do nothing sometimes. Give yourself permission to allow your mind to wander. If you think of something you need to do, don’t automatically reach for your phone. Make a note on paper, or simply trust that if it’s important, it will come back to you later.
- Make time for flow
When you are completely involved in doing something you enjoy, you are naturally in a state of flow. This could be cooking, reading or another hobby.
- Spend time with friends and loved ones
Long work schedules and screen time can be a barrier to real-life connections. Phone calls can seem quite old-school but are a nice way to stay in touch without messaging.
- Wind down in the evening
Our quality of sleep is dependent on our pineal gland, which is sensitive to light, especially from screens. This is why it’s helpful to have something to do for a couple of hours to help you prepare for sleep. Try to build a routine for yourself, whether it’s reading, drinking tea, having a bath, or listening to music.
- Sleep is the foundation of good health and well-being.
Sleep helps you respond to stress, strengthens your immune system and keeps your hormones in balance. Try to aim for seven and a half hours (sleep generally happens in 90-minute cycles). Related post: The Gift of Circadian Rhythms
I know most of these things might sound quite obvious, and hopefully you are doing quite a few of them already.
Tick off the ones you already have in place, and then pick another one or two to build some habits around.