Updated: Apr 25
Many of us have extra time on our hands during this Covid-19 pandemic, and our everyday lives may look quite a bit different from what we’re used to. No matter what your days look like right now, do you realize that you are forming habits, even if you haven’t made plans to do so?
A habit is formed by repeating something over and over. Wikipedia defines it as “a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously”. It’s difficult to form good habits when we are frantically busy, running here and there, never the same place at the same time. But it may be equally as difficult to form good habits when we have more time on our hands than usual. Staying in bed late, wearing pj's all day, no schedule or to-do list, or kids home all the time, these can all pull us away from routines and good habits. So, since habits are not easily broken, it's always a great idea to form some constructive, planned habits that will help us get our lives back on track when the world starts to speed up again.
Here are some simple ways we can all improve our daily lives and get more done, even while waiting for more normal days ahead. Just choose one or two new habits to work on at a time. Developing any behavior that occurs without thinking will take about 21 days. So don’t get discouraged if you aren’t doing something automatically in just a couple of days.
(As an extra perk, I've included some links that pertain to that type of habit)
A daily bathroom “quick clean” (2 minutes or less - just the essentials)
Calling someone on the phone just to chat
A morning routine
Playing with the kids
Taking a daily walk outside
A cleaning routine (get a great cleaning routine (here)
Getting the right amount of sleep
Planning your day the evening before
A place for everything and everything in its place (blog post on organizing steps)
Picking up your clothes after wearing them
An exercise routine
Teaching the dog a new, good habit
Writing notes or cards (to someone in your household or mailing to someone else)
Staying caught up on the laundry (find my easy laundry plan here)
Keeping your desk cleared off (my three-folders method to a clean desk)
Watching for the beauty all around
Tracking your spending/budgeting (this is my favorite and it's free)
Making lists instead of trying to keep everything in your head
Drink enough water for your body weight.
Taking your vitamins
Wiping the kitchen sink after dinner each night
Being still just to think or daydream
And, do you know what? Looking over this list just gave me some ideas to expand on in future blog posts and printable resources!
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