So I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been on a major self-improvement kick since the start of the year. There’s something about a new year that makes me feel like getting shit done and making changes! So as per usual, ya girl is back with yet another list! Because who doesn’t love a good list, right? Sometimes I find that is the little things that make the biggest impact. Somewhat like a butterfly effect, changing or creating new small habits tend to offer a major improvement on quality of life and efficiency. I’m not going to bore you with a novel of an introduction because we all hate that! So here are five small habits to start today that will actually stick!
Stop Stepping Over Trash on The Floor
this one is most definitely targeted at myself! I don’t know why I’m Like this, but I’ll pretend as if I don’t notice a shirt on the floor or the over flowing trash far more often than I’d like to admit. I’ve justified this terrible habit by insisting I’d pick it up on my designated “cleaning day” but that’s kinda silly! When you see something out of place, put it away! This cuts down on time needed to clean overall and who wouldn’t like to always come home to a tidy space!
Wake Up Earlier
As much as I hate to admit it, Setting the alarm a bit earlier is just one of those tried and true tips that just make sense. Now, before you hop on YouTube to search up how to wake up earlier, honestly the only way to do it is to just do it! Yes I know not the best advice ever, but the fact of the matter is, waking up just sucks. Period. No matter how early you go to sleep, how much yoga you do, it’s still gonna suck. But the benefits are hard to pass up. Imagine clearing that to-do list before noon. Or working on that side project you keep putting off because you literally have no time to do it. Setting the clock back an extra hour or two gives you that time! A pro tip I will give you, however, is to give yourself something to look forward to when you wake up. A steamy cup of coffee or an episode of that show on Netflix before you get to business is a sure way to get those eyes open!
Cook a Great Meal Every Week
As easy as it is to fall into lifestyle habits, it is just as easy to fall into the same old eating habits. when Life gets hectic, we go for the easy meals that we already know how to make or pic up something quick on the way home. Tonight, try something new! find a recipe on pinterest and pick up some fresh ingredients. Hitting the grocery store and creating a new dish to enjoy can be relaxing and a great way to break away from same ole’ same ole’.
Retry an Old Habit
Long ago when I worked the grave yard shift as an overnight manager at a gym, I had a routine of listening to jazz on my way home, cooking myself a healthy breakfast before heading to bed. simple, I know. However, something about the memory of listening to jazz as the sun rose makes me feel nostalgic and want to go back to that simple time. Now, I just listen to jazz on my way to work after breakfast. Your old habit could be brushing your teeth thrice a day or maybe meditating before bed. You may have fell off for one reason or another, but if it brought you joy, why not have another go at it?
Do That One Thing You’ve Been Meaning To Do
You know that one thing. We all have one. whether its calling your mom or finally sorting through that pile of mail (talking to myself with that one) you probably have a small task you’ve been putting off for far too long. This is your sign to go do it now! I promise it will feel nice to finally check it of your to-do list, even if its a petty task.
What changes would you like to make? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @rasberryxdreams on twitter!
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