Updated: Mar 31
I was one of those people who pretty much live their life without a care for the next day. I used to wake up everyday, barely manage to get my shit done, and go back off to sleep. I had no routine, no systems in place, and no discipline whatsoever.
Back when I was a student, this worked out great. But over time, as I grew older and got myself a job, a home to take care of, and all things adult, I instantly knew that I was in big trouble. I started being perpetually tired, and I almost always had zero energy. That’s when it hit me. Maybe it was a time for some change.
But this is where the problem was. Being a chronic procrastinator, I kept postponing it for the day after. Eventually, I decided to start small. One small thing at a time. Take it slow. Baby steps. Yes. That would do. And surprise- it did!
In my post today, I am going to talk about 5 personal habits that really changed my life and why they'll pretty much change yours too!
1. Planning my days in the morning:
I know it sounds like something that most people already do. But, if you’re someone who isn’t doing this, take my word for it and start doing it for a week. You’ll see instant results. Back when I started planning my days, the whole process seemed like a drag. But, I trusted the management gurus and kept doing it for a couple more days. And very soon, I saw results. VISIBLE results. I started having time to get so much more done. I started realising how much I wasted my time everyday doing absolutely nothing. I even started noticing how my days just got longer.
If you’re an absolute beginner at this and don't have a clue on how to start, just follow this simple three step process.
Step 1- Make a to-do list in the morning.
Step 2- Try your best to stick to it all day long.
Step 3- Review it in the night and reward yourself for ticking off all the items listed on it.
Your whole life will change, no matter which job you have in the world.
2. Being active:
I know, I know. DUH! But in all my experience of meeting so many people from all over the world, only a handful have really had the habit of being active DELIBERATELY and REGULARLY. Notice that I’ve written these two words in all caps. What I mean by being active here is actually doing something over and above your daily routine to give yourselves a little workout, and keep doing it repeatedly over a consistently long period of time. If I, someone who never moved an inch from my bed all my college life can do this, so can you. It’s not that tough once you get the hang of it. Start with a light walk in the mornings/evenings. Gradually move to more intense workouts like playing a sport, or dancing, or going to a gym. The rush you’ll get once you get into this routine, you won’t trade it for anything else in the world.
3. Getting a hobby:
We all have hobbies as kids. And then somewhere, somehow, life happens and we leave these hobbies far behind. At least that’s what happens with most people.
As a kid, I used to dance, run, act, make clay models, collect coins, write poems, review movies.. and do so much more. As I grew up, I realised wasn’t doing even one of these things.
Often times, in the rush to beat the crowd, we tend to forget things that truly make us happy. Just a few months back, I got back to 3 of my old hobbies. I started with dancing, then opened my blog to get back to writing, and eventually, got back to writing poems as well. I almost forgot the feeling of pure happiness that I got from doing these things that I loved the most. No matter busy you are, always take some time out to pursue your hobbies. They’ll give you the much needed break, and will relax you in ways you didn’t think was possible. Trust me on this.
4. Dressing well:
Superficial much? Well, both yes and no. Yes, because why should your dressing and appearance make any difference to others? Can’t agree more. But also no. Because it does make a whole lot of difference to how YOU feel about yourself. I am someone who loves her PJs.. I can literally live in them. And ever since I’ve started working for myself from home, it’s gotten even more difficult to get me to ditch my PJs.
If you’re like me, there’s really nothing wrong with you. You absolutely should do what you like doing. But lately, I’ve realized that everyday when I wake up and put on some presentable clothes, and make my hair look decent at the very least, I instantly feel so much more excited to give my best. How you define dressing up is upto you. You can barely get out of your PJs and call that dressing up, or deck up like a barbie doll to suit your liking. I am sure you’ll instantly feel the rush to do something awesome and make the most of the day. Out of all the things in this list, this has made the most difference in my life.
5. Detoxing once a week:
My food habits are not that great, and I really don’t feel bad admitting it. I try my best to always eat healthy, and I really do all that I can to stick to a decent meal plan. But, every now then, something comes up and food is the first thing that suffers. With erratic eating habits come a lot of unwanted toxins and there’s not much we can do about them. Except detoxing. Yes, the same old thing that our moms and grand moms have been doing for years in the same of ‘weekly fasts’. Now, I don’t fast for religious reasons, but I do see merit and taking a day off once a week and doing all that I can bring back the balance. For that, every Wednesday, I’ve started doing a detox routine wherein I only eat clean fruits and vegetables in raw form; fresh juices and smoothies; and vegetable based whole food soups. If it’s not something you’ve done so far, give it a try. You’ll see a lot of value in it in no time.
So there you go. These are the 5 simple things that have truly changed my life for better. I didn’t start doing all of these in one go. Any kind of change takes time. Remember, start small. One small thing at a time. Take it slow. Baby steps. And I am sure, you’ll get there too.
Are there some things that changed your life too? Let me know in the comments below. :)