It’s almost like going on autopilot mode.
Like showering after brushing your teeth.
We do it almost automatically without using much of our brainpower.
We don’t have to decide and think about what to do next when we have a fixed routine every day.
And that’s good.
We become more efficient.
We save time.
We’re more likely to achieve our goals too.
Routines free up decision-making and conserve our brainpower for more important things in life.
For a start, you can make a routine of things to do when you wake up in the morning.
A simple example would be:
Make bed -> Drink water -> Shower -> Brush teeth
If you have time in the morning and you want to take your morning routine to the next level, you can expand it to include other beneficial activities which might look something like this:
Make bed -> Drink water -> Meditate -> Exercise -> Read -> Journal -> Shower -> Brush teeth
Build good routines that make you a better person.
If you’re feeling inadequate, overwhelmed or unhappy.
Repeat this in your mind or out loud.
“I am enough.”
“I am complete.”
“There is nothing more I need to be happy.”
Stop thinking about the past.
Stop thinking about the future.
Stop thinking about what you don’t have.
You are enough.
You are complete.
And you don’t need anything more to be happy in life.
There’s perhaps no greater time you can have than the time you spend with the people you’re close with.
Whether it’s your close friends, siblings, parents, co-workers, or anyone at all that you share a genuine connection with.
Spend more time with them.
Having a healthy amount of social stimulation has been strongly associated with better mental and physical health.
Sure we have social media and technology to connect.
But there’s nothing like good and meaningful interactions in person.
Connect with the ones you love.
Some days you’re more energetic.
Some days you’re more sluggish.
Some days you’ll go slower.
Some days you’ll go faster.
That’s just the rhythm of life.
Let it happen as it should.
We all experience not-so-desirable moments in our lives that we wished would be different.
Instead of wishing you were more productive when you’re feeling sluggish and lazy, let it happen without judgement.
We judge ourselves a lot harsher than we judge anything else anyway.
Remind yourself that “this too shall pass”.
Try this simple experiment for a day and see how you feel.
All you have to do is repeat the following phrase in your mind.
“Here and now”.
When you’re doing the dishes.
When you’re working on a project.
When you’re playing video games.
Anything at all.
Go about your day repeating that phrase in your mind as much as you can, reminding yourself to live fully in the present moment.
Research has shown that repeating phrases silently such as this can have a profound impact on calming the mind and alleviating anxiety/stress.
A calmer mind means lesser mental noise.
Lesser mental noise means better productivity, clarity, and overall quality of life.
“Here and now”.
Baby steps in the right direction is all you need.
That’s how you achieve your goals.
Do it regularly.
The moment you stop is the moment it gets harder to keep going.
Learn to enjoy and focus on the process than the outcome.
When you’re about to lose motivation, remind yourself that all you have to do is show up.
Keep showing up and the rest will take care of itself.
If you want to finish writing a book.
If you want to program an app.
If you want to do anything.
Don’t overthink it.
Just show up.
Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
The more you think about it, the less likely you are to take action.