Life is a bit complicated isn’t it? When you multiply the million things that need doing with the million things you want to do, you end up with a trillion things that don’t get done.
In the last month or so, my life has been filled with deadlines and stress, leaving very little time to do anything but work. However amongst all of the sleepless nights and less than healthy convenience dinners, there are a few things I’ve been making sure I do daily to make life that little bit simpler.
These probably seem like the easiest tasks in the world, but they’re often the ones that get left behind when life gets a bit fraught.
Make Your Bed
If I know I need to be out of the house because I have plans, I have no problem getting up and out of bed. But on those days where I know I’m just going to be getting work done from home, it’s really easy to just slip back in after breakfast and sloth about until midday. Making your bed is the simplest barrier that tells your head you’re not getting back in now until bedtime.
Bad skin? Drink water. Get headaches? Drink water. Trying not to eat everything in sight? Drink water. I often get headaches but find that I can keep them at bay by drinking enough water every day. It also feels like an accomplishment to have drunk enough on the days where you haven’t managed to get anything else done.
I (try to) exercise every single day. By this I definitely don’t mean going to the gym or for a run. Most days it’s yoga or pilates but on my off days it’s as simple as doing some stretching. Yes, getting your heart rate up is really good for you but if you’re aiming to exercise every day, you probably don’t have time for a half hour run.
Do something for me
My least favourite days are the days when you’re so busy you don’t have time to do a thing for yourself. I love me time and when I don’t get it, I get pretty irritated. I love stretching myself so each day I either practice guitar or keyboard, listen to a podcast or improve my German or Dutch. I always feel so much better at the end of the day if I’ve made the effort to improve myself.
Reading is a habit that I can now proudly say I do every day without fail. My favourite time to read is mid afternoon with a cup of coffee but that’s realistic for everyday so I make sure that I read at least one chapter at bedtime. I find that reading really clears my mind of real life and helps me to stay imaginative and creative.
Take a break
Lunchtime is my sacred time. Whether I’m at home or out of the house, that half hour (admittedly when I’m at home, sometimes an hour and a half, nobody’s perfect), is for eating and doing nothing else. However busy you are find at least half an hour to switch off, whether it’s for meditation, just sitting quietly or going for a walk.
What are your daily to dos? Let me know in the comments!