These are some very strange times we’re living in, there is no denying it. The fact that you’ve landed on this article tells me that you’re ready to invite some change into your life for the better.
Throughout this article I’ll be giving you tips and ideas of productive things you can do – in the next 5-10 minutes – that can improve your life today. Keep in mind while you’re reading, the smallest of changes can lead to the biggest of outcomes. The key to change and improvement lies in your daily habits.
If you’re ready to simplify and improve your life today, here are some manageable ways to refocus and realign your daily habits so you can feel better about today, tomorrow, and the days to come.
Make Your Bed
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”William H McRaven
It takes less than two minutes to start your day on a productive note. The simple act of making your bed can set the tone for the rest of your day. It’s such a small, simple thing that can have a huge, positive impact on your mood. Plus, crawling into your freshly made bed at the end of the day feels amazing and has been proven to provide a sense of contentment, resulting in a better nights sleep.
Develop a Schedule or Routine
If your days don’t have any structure, things are bound to get messy and chaotic. Organize your day by setting up a simple yet effective routine. When you know what is supposed to be done when, you will feel less lost and more productive. Setting up a block schedule has worked really well in our house. If you’re new to block scheduling, take a look at this post from the organization guru Jordan Page @ FunCheapOrFree.com.
Move Your Body
This is a big one. With every passing day make sure your body is becoming better and stronger. Just 10-15 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your life. I know I don’t have to preach to you about how great exercise is for your body so I won’t do that. However, I would like to remind you that this is also one of the best things you can do for your stress and anxiety levels. Just 10 minutes a day. I know you can do it!
No gym. No equipment. Nothing. Warm up a little and start with 20 push-ups, squats, sit ups or any other body weight exercises and feel the responses in your body and mind. You’re 100% guaranteed to feel better after even the quickest of workouts.
If you need an idea of where to start, check out Tone It Up. I use their app daily and LOVE it! They have beginner level workouts and all of them can be done from home. You can also search by time if you want to get a shorter workout in. The app even provides meal plan and nutrition options! Which basically leaves you with no excuses.
Pick Up a Book Instead of Your Phone
Indeed, reading is one of the fastest methods to learn, improve, and grow in in a million different areas. Which obviously puts it at the top of the list of ways to improve your life in the most general sense. There are some amazing books that have the potential to change your perspective and will leave you much wiser than before. Or if you choose to get lost in a romance novel, that’s good for the mind too. 😉
Start with just 10 minutes a day if it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book.
Engaging with one story or idea, rather than bouncing between hundreds of little pieces of trivial, often irrelevant news on your social media accounts, helps your mind to stay calm, focused, and present. Don’t burden yourself with the drama or opinions of others. There is such a thing as information overload!
5 Minute Kitchen Clean Up
In just five minutes, you can take out the trash, wipe down your counters, sweep, and throw away any expired items in your fridge. If you have 10 minutes to spare, go ahead and load or unload the dishwasher. The more you accomplish now, the less you’ll have on your plate (so to speak) later.
Having a tidy, organized kitchen space will make your lunch or dinner prep a breeze. Set a timer and see what all you can accomplish in the amount of time you’ve given yourself.
Also worth noting: studies have shown that keeping your kitchen tidy can actually reduce stress-eating and result in weight loss.
Write Down Your Goals
Invest in a small journal or pretty notepad to record your ideas and dreams about your future. Don’t censor yourself. Simply write down whatever feels exciting and interesting to you—your dream vacation to Thailand, that exciting career that you think might be out of your reach, or your hope to have a large family one day. Whatever your’s is, write it down.
Taking the time to put ink to paper and explore what you really want in your life, many of which may have only existed in your mind, is an enlightening and empowering process. This is a small but mighty step in manifesting your best life.
Bonus: studies have shown that putting your big goals and dreams on paper can make them feel less intimidating and more attainable.
Learn a New Recipe
There’s no better time than now to try out something new! I know those 3-4 staple recipes you usually have in your meal plan line-up are probably beginning to get old. Look on Pinterest for new recipes to try with the items you already have in your pantry.
Or you could get a little fancy and look up the “copycat” recipes from your favorite restaurants. Order grocery pickup if you don’t have all the ingredients you need on hand and plan a night to make it after you pick up your order. It’ll give you a great sense of pride knowing you can make those amazing dishes on your own at home.
In order to avoid things getting too stuffy at the house, make it a point to get outside and enjoy the fresh air at least a few times a day. Spending time in nature does wonders for your health, both physically and mentally. Being outside has also been proven to reduce anxiety and stress levels which I think we could all use these days.
Take a walk, start a garden, sit outside with a good book, plan a backyard picnic for lunch one day, or check out a new hiking trail nearby. Spending at least an hour outside each day will help you feel rejuvenated and give your mind a soft reset.
I hope these tips will help you make the most of the coming days and weeks at home and will set you up for better daily habits moving forward.
Thanks so much for sticking with me til the end on this one! If you have any other suggestions please let me know, I’d love to hear a few new ideas.