Do you know that every big change in your life starts from small action accumulated day by day? So, if you want to make a big difference but don't know where to start, take tiny steps by changing your small daily habits from now on can create a big change in the long run.
Everyone used to have a hard time dealing with life, so do I. There is no sudden event or magical power that can solve all your problems at once, but yourself.
Just like you, I am an average girl, getting lost quite frequently from time to time in a life full of suffering. And I have been trying to make it easier by applying a "structure" to my day-to-day routine I would like to share with you today.
- Get up early
And get up at a certain time every day. It can be 5:00 or 7:00, depending on your own schedule.
Early morning gives you more time before rushing into a busy day with works, people, and stress. It’s the only time that you are not bothered by anyone or anything else.
The most precious time of the day.
Don't underestimate the power of a qualified early morning with the best sunlight, fresh air, and birdsongs which will bring you so much energy and positive vibes for a productive and joyful day.
It’s not hard at all to be an early bird. After around 7 to 10 consecutive days, your body will get used to it and even rise and shine without an alarm.
2. Have your own morning routine
After a certain time of self - tracking, I realize that maintaining a daily morning routine is crucial to hold my mood from falling down for the rest of the day.
I get up at around 6 am - 6:15 am every working day and about 30 minutes later during the
I open the door soon after the wakening, breath the pure air, get as much sunlight as I can, go downstair to prepare my breakfast and my lunch for about 30 - 45 mins, take a cold shower, read some pages for 15 mins, practice ukulele for another 15 mins and listen to some nice music while putting on a nice outfit for the day, like this:
I leave for work at around 8:45 and reach the office at around 9:30. So every day, I have 2,5 hours, alone and silent, without any distraction.
3. Take 5 to 15 - minute nap
If the job doesn’t require you to go out for lunch with customers or meetings, take a 5 to 15 mins nap during lunch break. It’s really important to get your system some rest and re-charge for the remaining half day.
To me, a 5 to 15 minute - nap is the best, not more or less. When taking nap, trying your best to find a place where your body can lay down totally, stay away from the light and the phone, close your eyes, and think about nothing else.
It doesn't matter if you can fall into sleep during that time or not, but it does matter that you let it rest completely.
4. Write a diary
Write everything from your mind down. It doesn't have to be in good form or order, just write down anything, your thoughts, your emotions, your sparkle moments,….
In my own diary, I sometimes write things like: “I feel so angry, angry, angry………….” and sometimes draw a picture that even me now cannot understand.
Writing and rereading the diary helps me a lot, especially when I feel lost and depressed. Because those words give the best understanding about myself - the person I thought I know the most but I don’t, in every aspect of life.
Sound’s old - fashion, right?
You think that you’re too busy to prepare food on your own. But it doesn’t take that much time.
Currently, I stay with my sister and my brother. It takes me around 30 - 60 mins, from 6:00 to 7:00, to prepare breakfast for me, lunch for me and my siblings. See.
My priority is having my own food, not eating out. So, I think, create, and choose the simplest way I could invent to prepare the most possible nutritious dishes.
It becomes my habit now. I cook simple things during weekdays and a bit more complicated stuff during weekends.
There were times when I extremely hated reading books. I used to write this answer explaining why I see that is it bad to read exceedingly. So, I didn't read anything during those days.
Recently, I couldn't focus on anything. I started that habit again, discovering that reading to a certain level can give me concentration.
I just read 15 mins every morning but it already makes a difference - before and after.
7. Learn a new thing
Again, I use my 15 - minute rule. Currently, I am learning the ukulele and the Korean language. I am, kind of, a bit lazy. So, I force myself to study at a certain time of the day until it becomes a can-not-missing part of my day.
It means that no matter how I feel, what happened to me that day, my mind and my body automatically put into the study mood when it’s time. I practice ukulele from 7:45 to 8. I study Korean from 12:30 to 12:45 and from 22:30 to 22:45, every single day.
Now, every time I want to learn a new thing, I just pick a certain time, push my body and mind into the study mood then things happen.
Your body is made to move, not to stand still. Find every possible way to move your body as much as you can during the day.
And find time to walk, run, gym, yoga, or any kind of movement frequently. You can be never too busy to take a 20 - min walk. And your body will thank you later.
9. Talk to people
I easily fall into sadness and negativity, especially for the past several months. I thought I should not meet anyone when I feel down but it turns out that I always feel better after each meetup.
It gives me energy, inspiration, and positive thoughts to be able to start or continue what I have been or am going to do.
10. Go to bed early
If you are not super busy with tons of works, there is no need to stay late, watching tons of Tiktok or Youtube videos.
It’s okay if you're already familiar with sleeping at 2 or 3. You can practice by trying those tips I wrote not long ago.
These are 10 habits I try to maintain every day that I thought I should share because they improve my life a lot.
I hope you can get some ideas to create and form your own new go good habits.