BECOMING A CREATURE OF HABIT - PART 1
WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT. SOME HABITS YOU NEED TO DITCH
It's Sunday and the last thing you want to do is list the all things you have to do next week. However, it is the first day of a new month and a new week of life looms ahead. I promise that after taking even a little bit of the advice below you will thank yourself by next Sunday. Which brings me to my next point...
I love lists; the smugness that ensues after ticking off even the smallest task is so great! Make a list of longterm or short term goals, time scale them (now we are getting into Gan Charts) and set some goals. Log them into your diary - electronic or on paper - and set reminders. As I mentioned before planning is 'the one' and you will thank yourself and be proud of your self later on.
Make the week meaningful.
Managing your time is important, just list a few things you need to get done. Even if it's your washing, mending something, visiting somewhere new with your lover or just trying a new recipe. Log it in and stick to it.
Breathing - Pranayama.
Sounds weird and hard, it isn't. Apparently most people don't breathe properly, unless you are a yogi, triathlete or meditate regularly. Pranayama is a super easy way to focus your mind, increase brain activity and can lower your stress levels on a permanent basis if you practise it regularly and properly. Give it a go before you go to bed.
Even after extensive years at boarding school I found routine a problem, I have learnt that I can also integrate a routine too. Start with three things you need to do in the morning and stick to doing them at the same time. We have this thing called a pre-frontal cortex, it's where all our habits are embedded...you need to slowly rewire that part of your brain and input a few new positive habits.
1 - Alarm clock - get an alarm clock. Muji have a super cheap inoffensive one. Apparently sleeping with a phone next to your head can seriously effect our sleep patterns.
2 - Make your bed. What did your mama always say..?
3 - Wash your face / shower straight away.
4 - EAT - food is so important and NO a cereal bar and even worse nothing just doesn't cut it. It takes all of 12 minutes to make poached or scrambled eggs on toast.
Remember that everyone is fighting a battle in some area of their lives and that everyone is different.
I can't stress how important remembering this is. Just breathe and think before you speak, firstly it might strengthen your argument (unless you are a goldfish and forget what you are about to say) and you may have avoided unnecessary conflict. It also works vice versa. I bet that in your office there is one person who always loves a fight, mitigate this by not retaliating. Remember that weak people seek revenge, strong people forgive and intelligent people ignore. Who do you want to be?
Have a great week Nomads x