Start of a new month is a great time to plan and incorporate changes in our routine. This October, it’s all about making the most out of our time and building positive habits that are rewarding. A good routine is key to feeling healthier, happier and being more productive, so start this month’s 30 Day Challenge with the following few resolutions and stick to them till they change from conscious efforts to subconscious routine.
Wake Up Early and Eat a Healthy Breakfast
30 minutes is all it takes to make a world of difference. Whether you want to workout or invest more time in getting ready and looking your best, waking up early will make mornings a lot more pleasant and productive. Also, use the extra time to eat a nourishing breakfast that will keep you energized for the whole day. And if you love eating good, planning a good breakfast will also help you get of out bed early as there would be something exciting to look forward to!
Answer Pending Mail/Make Phone Calls
We all have that email that we keep delaying or that phone call that we have been avoiding for ages. It’s best to stop thinking of more excuses and just get over with it right away. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” So knowing that the dread is over leaves you with a day that you can fully enjoy, without the thoughts of a pending task nagging you constantly.
Make a Healthy Meal Plan for the Week
Sometimes, thinking of what to cook can be a task more tedious than cooking itself. And it doesn’t help when you finally come up with an idea, only to find out you don’t have all the ingredients to make that food. To avoid the headache, keep a planner and take your time making the meal plan for the whole week and then shop your groceries accordingly.
De-clutter and Organize
Everyone has at least one part of the house that is drowning in clutter and screaming for help. It maybe your craft’s room or a chair in the bedroom covered in clothes. A messy place is bound to decrease your efficiency. Whatever that place is, tackle the mess; throw away things you don’t need and organize the rest in cabinets and boxes with labels. And if you think it is more than a couple of days’ task, follow a thirty day declutter routine.
Get Rid of Laundry
If you’re like me, you wash clothes on the weekend that you think you’d be needing during the week, and there are always at least a few things left in the laundry basket. Stop doing that. Put some music on, change into comfy pajamas, and get rid of every-single-item in your laundry basket. Go ahead and wash the basket itself! The relief you’d feel afterwards is just out of the world!
Write a Journal
It could be a beautiful notebook or a digital app. Writing about your life is a good way to stay anchored and be mindful of what is going on around you. Maybe you’d write about your day and it will help you reflect or maybe it is a gratitude journal that brings happiness and a habit of appreciation into your life. Writing a journal with colored sharpies and scribbling drawings is a fun process itself!
If journaling is not your thing, at least make a to-do list. Write down everything you need to do and set up daily, weekly and monthly goals. It is easier to do things when you actually know what you’re supposed to do.
Pay All Bills
It’s boring, yes. But think of this, once you’re done with this labor, you can be sure that you’re free to spend the remaining money without worrying about due payments!
Make a fall/winter reading list and read lots of books. The cold temperature limits outdoor activities and reading is a great way to spend time indoors. Not only is reading so much better than scrolling through digital screens, it is also intellectually stimulating and leaves you with a new take on so many topics. Taking part in a book exchange can also be a very great idea