Three life hacks to upgrade your Monday-Friday routine in the New Year
Three life hacks to upgrade your daily routine — that don’t cost a dime!
“The more disciplined your environment is, the less disciplined you need to be,” Atomic Habits author James Clear shared in a recent newsletter.
In addition to a Marie Kondo-like space purge and clearing your living space in the New Year, this also go me thinking about routines and how little hacks and tweaks to our daily schedule can make a big difference. I coach and work with Fortune 500 top leaders every day and the most successful ones have a solid Monday-Friday morning and evening routine.
So below are three easy and practical ideas to get you started with creating a morning and evening routine that you’ll love and best of all — it doesn’t cost a thing.
And here’s a pro tip I share with all of my clients: use these to get started and feel free to make each one your own!! Routines don’t have to be complicated, let them work for you! Cheers to you and a healthy, happy and cost-effective new year, new you routine!
- Bookend your days with routines that work for you. Commutes for many are gone. But regardless, continue to create, or start a new a morning and evening routine. This could be a morning workout from home, a walk around your neighborhood, or even morning meditation, followed by your beverage of choice (matcha tea, or coffee or just hot water with lemon). And wrapping up your day with an easy routine also matters.
This helps signal to our minds and bodies, it’s time to wind down. This could be a quick 5 minute walk around the neighborhood or to a park, cooking a light dinner and/or a few easier activities like stretching or yoga. Choose something that you enjoy that doesn’t require a ton of mental stimulation. Your routine should work for you. Keep it simple to start and then consider adding on, with “habit stacking” as you get yourself into a rhythm with your new routine.
Routines can help signal that it’s time to end one activity and start the next. And many remote workers reported it was harder to “turn off” their laptop. So create an intentional “break” from the screen — it’ll be there later, and move your body — small habits over time, can create bigger results later.
- Wrap your day with a list and gratitude. Capture three things (bonus points for more!) that you’re grateful for each day and jot down your “must-do’s” for the next day. By writing the to-do’s down; this allows the mental clutter to be removed from the mental “back-burner” of our brains. This allows us to let go a bit more in the evening, knowing that they are safely written down and gives us a bit more “presence” to be and stay present with our loved ones in the evening or with ourselves as we wind down the day.
- Unwind with something inspiring. Our brains are always processing, so be mindful of what you read or consume before bed. A few hours before bed — I like to read an uplifting or motivational book that fills up my soul cup. But be careful, don’t read anything too motivational — or you might find yourself wired at midnight (hand raised if you’ve been there!). To counteract the effects of reading something too stimulating, switch to more of an academic or duller article that allows you to relax and gently drift off to sleep.
Our routines and surroundings are critical to reaching our goals, so for the New Year — ask yourself:
What routines do I want to keep and what new ones would I like to try out?
And then give it a go for a solid 30 days. If you don’t do it ‘perfectly’ — let it go and keep at it the next day. Aim for consistency before switching it up and see what works best for you!
For more tips on routines and productivity hacks while working from home — check out this post on 8 productivity hacks to help overcome Zoom Fatigue.
Abby Norman is a millennial leadership strategist and certified career and leadership coach. With nearly 15 years in Corporate HR and trained in leadership, NLP, EFT tapping, yoga, pilates, and mindset hacking, she helps high-achieving professionals and leaders go from burned-out to aligned and thriving in their careers, leadership and life. Need a reset? Sign up for her weekly career confidence, leadership and mindset boosts: www.abbyleadershipcoaching.com.