Sometimes in life we get a little frazzled, and lose focus of our priorities. If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to constantly be putting out fires, and never feel like you’re making any real forward progress. This can be frustrating and stressful. It’s not good for your mental or physical health. The good news is there are lots of ways to get focused and develop a natural rhythm to stay happy and productive.
Little things add up over time. Most people have little things they let slide everyday, which start to become real obstacles. For example, if you’re always putting off doing the dishes, pretty soon your whole kitchen will be a mess, and you won’t be able to use it at all until you clean it up. It goes without saying that a completely clean kitchen is much easier to use, and much easier on the eyes. Whether it’s your kitchen, your workspace, or anywhere else, messy areas can be a huge hindrance in everyday life.
Try to develop a system of organization that prevents messes from accumulating. Make a rule that you will always clean your dishes after each meal, or maybe designate one or two times a day you will devote to cleaning dishes. That way, you won’t have to worry about the stress of chores left undone, and you can focus on more important things.
Make A Plan
Variety may be the spice of life, but routines are its foundation. Forming good habits and daily routines will help you succeed in your endeavours. If basic things like getting enough sleep, eating right, and keeping your space clean are habits you don’t even have to think about doing, you’ll have plenty of time and mental energy leftover for other things.
Try following a basic schedule every day to give yourself consistency and reliability. If that’s too straight-edged for you, simply try making a to-do list for the next day each night. With goals to aim for, you’ll be able to structure your day better and get more done.
Do Something You Love
What is your favorite hobby? As long as it is something fulfilling that satisfies you and keeps you active, make time for it in your life. Time spent on things you’re passionate about will keep you engaged and creative. As you develop and learn your hobby, you’ll grow and learn.
Picking up a hobby or getting back into an old one are perfect opportunities to improve your connection to your own mind and body in a fun and positive way.
It may seem cliche, but yoga is a fantastic way to get in tune with yourself. Not only will you be learning what your body can do while strengthening it, you’ll also learn to stay calm and focused in everything you do.
Think about signing up for a yoga class at a fitness studio before going out on your own to learn all the poses. Having the help of a professional trainer is extremely useful, especially when you’re not positive about your technique.
Keep A Journal
This may seem a little old-school, but it really works. Make a habit of journaling every day to clear your mind and write down any ideas you have. Everyone journals a little differently, and there is no right way. Maybe you want to write down all the crazy thoughts you had that day, or simply write down what you did. Some people journal using apps on their phones or computer, and others use pen and paper. It’s completely up to you. Personally, I use my journal to keep track of my goals and course-correct when necessary.
Develop A Regular Sleep Schedule
The importance of sleep cannot be overstated. Seriously. Many of us have bad habits about sleeping that lead to us getting not enough sleep or incredibly irregular sleep. One of the ways you can start getting better sleep is by setting a “bed time” for yourself. Start by setting that time just a little earlier than you usually go to bed (if you normally go to sleep around 2 A.M., try sleeping at 1:30 instead), and then pushing it back a little more each week until you’ve found a healthy rhythm. Sleeping at the same time every night is just as important as getting enough sleep, so establishing a regular schedule will go a long way toward being more productive person.