5 Simple tips for a more organised and balanced life
Everything we do starts with an intention – from making a cup of coffee through to how we choose to spend our time. With the new year having just begun, there is no better time to take a small step back and become clear on what the ‘why’ is behind everything you do.
Take some time to set a few intentions for the person you want to be, for the employer or employee you wish to be and for the family member you wish to be. Write them down so you can see them daily. Connect with these intentions every day, and you will quickly discover a deeper sense of focus, motivation and purpose behind everything you do.
A positive morning routine
It is said by all of the world’s top performers that how you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day and ultimately life. Take a moment to reflect on how you generally tend to start your day. If you would like to integrate a positive morning routine into your life. Here is a quick and easy morning routine to energise your body, mind and spirit.
As you wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed, close your eyes and spend 1 – 3 minutes thinking of everything you are grateful for. Connect to your personal and professional intentions and set an intention for your day ahead.
Once you get out of bed, find a space in your room where you can do a few simple exercises that you enjoy. If you are not sure what you can do, here are a few examples:
- Take 5 – 10 long deep breaths to energise your body
- Do a few slow neck rolls in both directions
- Stretch your arms above your head and bend down to touch your toes (you can repeat this a few times)
- Do a few jumps up and down to get the blood flowing and increase your heart rate
- You can also do a few sit ups and/or push ups if you’d like to
This morning movement does not have to take more than 5 – 10 minutes.
Before putting anything into your body, make yourself a cup of warm water and squeeze a quarter of a lemon into it and drink it. This helps to cleanse your digestive system and naturally energise your body. Afterwards you can then have your cup of tea or coffee.
Have a healthy breakfast such as oats, health toast, muesli, fruit or plain yogurt to provide your body with the energy and nutrients it needs for the day.
Daily and weekly goals
With clear intention comes easeful manifestation. When you are unclear about what you want, it is easy to feel frustrated as you don’t know where you are going or what you are trying to achieve. But when you have concise, clear and focused goals, it is easy to break those goals down into actions that lead you to achieving that goal.
Take some time to gain clarity on your long term and short term goals, and prioritise your goals from the most to least important. Set completion dates for your goals that are realistic, and then break them down into practical daily and weekly actions.
This will help you to stay focused and take consistent action that will undoubtedly lead you to the achievement of your goals.
Working in your natural rhythm
Slowly but surely the paradigm of working 9 – 5 is falling away as people begin to realise that we are not machines, and that each person has their own natural rhythm. Some people are far more productive in the mornings while other people love to work in the evenings. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get something done when you are simply not in the right headspace. A simple task that would usually take a few minutes can end up taking triple the time.
If you can, aim to create your schedule around your natural rhythm. If you know that you are naturally more active in the morning, rather do your exercise and work then instead of in the afternoon when you may tend to be more tired. If you know that you get a creative burst after dinner time, use this time to work on your creative projects. If you notice that around 3pm you tend to need a little rest – rest or take this time to do more relaxing tasks.
By working in your natural rhythm you will find that your energy levels and productivity naturally increase as you are not forcing things to happen but rather doing activities in the time that is best suited to you.
Managing your schedule
Find a practical way of managing your schedule that works best for you. Using a physical diary and writing in all your appointments and to-do’s may be the way for you. Making daily notes and checklists on your phone is easier for others who live on-the-go, or maybe you like to have everything laid out in your email calendar.
It is absolutely essential to write down all your daily and weekly appointments and tasks so that you do not get overwhelmed and/or drop the ball. Managing your schedule is also a great help with time management, as you can see all your daily and weekly commitments laid out. Being able to see your daily, weekly and monthly commitments is a great measure to check if you have over committed.
A well-planned schedule allows for a clear view, a clear head and less pressure for last-minute commitments – just remember to schedule leisure activities and rest periods too.
The Importance of Creating Habits and Routine | Katherine R. Arlinghaus, MS, RD and Craig A. Johnston, PhD | Am J Lifestyle Med. 2019 Mar-Apr; 13(2): 142–144. | Published online 2018 Dec 29. doi: 10.1177/1559827618818044 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6378489/