As work load starts to pick up and life starts to shift back to some sort of slight normality, it’s easy to pick up where you left off... for some this may not be a healthy balance. For many of us we have used this time to hit reset and have an opportunity to build on a blank canvas. Here are a few tips to help build your routine and not get stuck in the same old rut:
1. Forecast: Work out the time you invest each day of the week in your family, work, training, yourself and other key areas of your life. No we're not saying to cut your work hours (that would be ideal), but maybe look at the time you commit to others in your life and the time required to commit to them? For example if there are ways to reduce your time committed to travel somewhere such as a certain gym, maybe don't go 7 days a week, train at home and cut that time down so you can commit more to yourself and maybe your family. Yes training is important to your health, but so is your family, stress and time to yourself.
2. Preparation: Use Sunday to prepare for your week! Do this by grabbing a pen and paper, write down your worries, your challenges, things you are excited for, things that may not go to plan... just get it all down on paper and give some clarity to your thoughts so you can handle whatever is thrown at you with full focus.
3. Variation: Variation is good to get us used to some sort of change in our life, not just to provide us with a challenge. Consistency is good, but being volatile to change is not.
4. Structure: Add certain activities to your day to build that little stroke to your big picture, here are a few:
- Do not look at your phone after 8pm (ideally 6pm) and have an hour after you wake up with no phone.
- Drink a full glass of water the moment you wake up, and never go to sleep with a glass that isn't empty next to your bed.
- Listen to calming music prior to bed for 5 mins and let your thoughts settle, have a pen and paper by your bed to write anything on your mind so it doesn't keep you up.
5. Have a hobby: A lot of us lose touch with hobbies as work takes over, but it's okay to make a hobby a priority in your life. When choosing a hobby, don't feel like you're restricted with what you want to do! Want to play games? Play games! Want to learn how to make coffee? Do it! These are two examples that just happen to be my recent hobbies picked up in isolation times :)
Give some of these a try and let us know how you get on. Always remember little changes will go a long way in this transition of going back to normality.