Create better habits!
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
How often do you make the decision to take control of your life by implementing better habits like exercise and eating better, staying on top of the laundry and cleaning, or even getting to those holiday cards on time this year, only to find months have passed and you have not followed through, again?
You are not alone. Procrastination leads to paralyzation which leads to beating ourselves up with guilt and shame, and the circle can be a vicious one. Taking on too many changes at once can be a recipe for disaster, so the key is to do one thing at a time, daily, which leads to forming a habit....before you tackle another 'to do', that is key! Forming a habit. Now, it may sound old-fashion, but a messy house is a messy life, and the opposite holds true as well! Becoming the Lady Boss of your own Life requires a bit of organization, so here are some little tips to start you on the right foot!
1. Decide to make your bed daily. It may be small, but studies have shown that it not only produces feelings of accomplishment, but peace and calm every time you walk into your bedroom.
2. Do your dishes after you eat. It is easy to put them in the sink for later, but when you clean up after your meal, it allows your brain to release that "to do task" and enjoy the rest of your day or evening. The bonus being when you walk into the kitchen, there is a sense of satisfaction you can only get from a clean kitchen.
3. Shop on Sunday. Starting your week off knowing your fridge is full for the week allows you to prepare. In fact, Sunday night you can make a list of the meals you will be having each day, so you are prepared and have a game plan the night before. If you are really ambitious, prepare veggies and snacks on Sunday as well, so your healthy choices are always available!
4. Keep a running list. Let's face it, our brains get on over-load with all of the to-do lists in a day, and the ball can often get dropped! Keeping a list on your fridge or desk of things you need to accomplish allows you to go back to it and check things off as they are done. Win win!
5. Make exercise a priority. Carving out 15 to 30 minutes either in the morning first thing, or evening after dinner, is imperative! When we exercise our serotonin levels increase, which is the 'happy drug' we naturally produce, so be sure to include exercise as part of your daily regime and watch how your mood will elevate because of this healthy habit.
6. Learn to say No. We don't have to say yes to everything, in fact, putting yourself last, or stretching yourself too thin is a sure fire way to put yourself into overwhelm and procrastination!
Learn to put your needs at the top of the list, and be selective of the things you say yes to, my golden rule is to follow these few questions when making the decision:
1. Does it make me happy to do this
2. Will something else get put on the back burner if I do this
3. Does it move me forward towards my goals
4. Is it a distraction
Put yourself first and watch everything else fall into place!
~ Monika xo