Since the lockdown, my routine has gone flying out of the window. In response to that I have since incorporated habits into my daily routine that would allow me some sense of structure and help me achieve some thing positive each day.
Here are some of the habits I have steadily included in my day:
Drinking water at the start of every day
Doing some form of exercise each day (Running, cycling or full body at home) for at least 20 minutes with one rest day a week.
Going for a walk each day
Eating food and vegetables and cooking most of what I eat from scratch.
Doing some form of creating – time span ranges from half an hour to 8 hours depending on my day.
Writing an article each day
Reading for at least half an hour a day
Allocating specific times to check social media, news feeds, emails etc.
With the exception of creating, which is essentially my vocation, everything listed above are small and incremental. Most things are half an hour long in duration. I can confidently say that these have really helped me maintain a positive outlook during what is an otherwise uncertain time.
* I really recommend ‘Zen Habits’ by Leo Babauta. It is a great little book that offers great insight into making positive transformations. One of the reasons so many people cannot commit to their resolutions at the start of every year is that they are expecting too much change in too short a period of time. What we should be instead looking for is small incremental changes gradually over time.