This post was inspired by William H. McRaven.
This year, since moving out from my family home I’ve been focusing on healthy habits. My goal was to be able to do those everyday tasks that our brains automatically think ‘I can’t be bothered’ and instead turn them into tasks that don’t require much effort, where my brain doesn’t really need do much thinking at all. I realised to tackle this goal I would need to start by actually having a routine (which to be honest, I suck at) so here we go.
Here are a few healthy habits that after 3 months of everyday practice, no longer feel like a chore. Not only that, but I no longer dread doing them. I just do it. My brain has been trained and I couldn’t be happier with my progress!
Put your clothes away tidy.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when you’ve had a long day all you want to do is throw your clothes onto the nearest chair/table available in your room and crawl into bed. I was in this bad habit for years, sometimes my clothes from last week would still be on my bedroom floor a few days and even a week later.
Now, as soon as I change out of my clothes for the day, I put them where they need to be. Whether that’s hanging them up in my wardrobe, neatly folding them in my draws or putting them in the wash basket.
If I have a yoga class in the morning, I like to fold my sportswear and place it on top of my draws all ready for the morning.
Make your bed.
I never was bothered about making my bed. To be honest, when I lived in my parents home I never really saw the point in it. Nobody was going to see my unmade bed. However, since living in a flat I haven’t gone a day without making my bed. Not only that, but I am in a strict routine that I make my bed the second I get up and out of it. I think this habit came about for two reasons.
1.) visitors in my flat have to walk through my bedroom to get to the toilet
2.) William H. McRaven’s speech inspired me so much and gave me a whole new reason why making your bed is a healthy habit, which is the starting point for a successful and productive day
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed… If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”
Wash up your dishes.
I work as a chef so the whole ‘clean as you go’ becomes pretty natural to me. When I’m cooking a roast dinner at home, I’m constantly washing up as I go along to decrease the amount I have to do when I’ve finished cooking.
So far there hasn’t been one day that I have left dirty dishes over night. I think when you do leave last night’s mess, it’s a simple task that you drag into the next day. The way I see it is if I leave it, the next morning I have to spend time on yesterday’s task when I could be doing a completely new and more productive task with my time instead. Leave yesterday as yesterday. Don’t bring it into today.
I’ve been a member at David Lloyd gym for as long as I can remember, literally since I was around 7 years old. However, my gym pass in recent years just hasn’t been used. I would go a couple of times a month if that. I’ve now got myself into such a good routine, where I only miss a day or two depending on how I’m feeling. The best way to get yourself to the gym I found is to book yourself into gym classes. I’m lucky that my gym offers a load of free classes with my membership, such as yoga, Pilates, bodypump, legs bums & tums, etc. I started by doing yoga every Monday morning around 3 months ago – and now I never miss a class.
Then when you are used to going every Monday to a class you enjoy, you can increase to a second class. My second class I decided to do was Pilates. On the days I do these classes, I try and get a workout before or after. On my yoga days I tend just to have a gentle swim afterwards. There really is no easy way to get into a routine to go unless YOU really want it. You have to work for it.
I feel more organised and energetic simply by making my bed, exercising more and being more tidy.
What healthy habits do you have?