Habits are something that we do to simplify our life or make it better. They are usually things that we enjoy doing but are sometimes things we need to do. Some of my simple habits are feeding the dogs after I make coffee or putting out books where I do my morning routine.
When we start to cultivate an intentionally peaceful life, we do have to be *excuse my double use here* intentional about our habits that we’re doing. Sometimes we need to ask, “Does xyz support my vision?” or “Is this really beneficial to my life?” If the answer is yes, then continue. However, if the answer is no, it is time to make some changes.
Here are 5 simple habits I’ve made that have made life easier, but also support the vision I have.
1. Morning & Evening Routines
I feel like I could talk all the time about having morning and evening routines and their benefit. These are habits I’ve curated and changed over time to fit my needs in my season. I have a slow morning; feeding the dogs, getting coffee, and drinking it without being on my phone. Depending on the day I’ll jump into work for the blog if I need to.
My evening routine has been one that I’ve added to lately, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Sometimes I will read, do the skincare/teeth care, journal, and sometimes read again. My phone goes into “do not disturb sleep” mode around 8pm. So after 8 pm, I don’t get any notifications distracting me and I’ve been trying to be off it by 8:30 pm because screen time up until bed does mess with your sleep.
Both of these habits get me ready to sleep and for the day to come. These habits don’t have to be long and drawn out like you might see online. My morning takes maybe 10-15 minutes, and my evening about 20.
2. Planning my Week & Day
This is the type-A in me coming out, but I’ve always loved planners and planning and having a plan. I have a few different tools that I use. One is new to me, and one I’ve used before. So first, on Sunday I’ve been using Jules Acree’s Life Hub Notion Template, but you could totally do this without it. I go into the weekly template, and brain dump all of the things I need to do at work, on the blog, at home, and towards my goals. I pick my top three focuses to get done that week and make any additional steps that I might need to get done, so I really flesh it out.
Then I grab my Hustle Sanely Planner by Jess Massey and fill in my week as much as possible. I go over when I work, when we are going to work out, and schedule in time to work on the blog. Honestly, if I don’t schedule time for the blog, I don’t usually get it done. I’ve been very intentional about how I am scheduling my time because I want to work on the blog and post on the gram, but I need to have that time scheduled, I can’t just do it.
Then every day in the morning I go over my day, make adjustments as needed, or fill it out in more detail if it is a fuller day or if I have a lot of flexibility in the day. I’ve noticed about myself that when I do have free time, if something isn’t scheduled in there, I will most likely just scroll.
3. Setting Phone Boundaries
I don’t know if this is considered a habit, but I feel like screen time is a habit sooo we’re just gonna go with it. And this one is going to be a long one with a few parts because phones allow you to do a lot of boundaries.
This is something new I’ve started in the last month or so. I’ve set app limits on my big-time killers (TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook). While I enjoy watching TikToks & consuming content… it’s a lot. I was spending too many hours scrolling instead of supporting my life vision.
I’ve given myself an hour on each app (which tbh, is still a lot of time). They do give you the option to ignore the time limit and keep scrolling which I use occasionally when I’m editing videos in the apps because creating content does support my life vision. But endless scrolling does not.
Like I talked about in the last habit, I have my phone go into do not disturb for sleep, I also have it go into it for work. So I’m only getting notifications from a few people, because the rest can wait. Not everything is as urgent as we make it.
The last thing I’ve done is modify what notifications I actually get on the screen and which are delivered silently. I really only get a handful of notifications a day which allows me to be more present in my work and time with people I love. I give myself a few minutes to go through all of the things I’ve missed and respond to what I need to.
4. Life Admin Days
This phrase has been going around a bit lately to “create your life admin day”. But really it is. a day or some hours where you just do all of the “adulting” things. Maybe it is weekly, biweekly, or once a month. But this is when you get all the things done. Make appointments, deep clean, declutter, etc. It is really just a a day or a set of time where you get to do all of the things that you’ve been putting off.
I keep a running list of things to do in my notion, but you could just have a journal where you write things that need to happen, but they aren’t urgent tasks. Then your life admin day is when you go through the lists it and make it happen. It is really going to help clear out some of the mental clutter that builds up. I always feel super productive after life admin days.
5. Inbox Zero
I hate having unread emails and emails just sitting there. Oh, and the notifications on my phone too, I have to get rid of them. Every day I go through my email and open, delete, or move all the emails.
Once a week I unsubscribe from emails. This part has been a lifesaver. For emails I want to unsubscribe from I move to a folder and go through that folder to complete the process. It takes about 5 minutes and saves me a lot of email clutter.
Those are my 5 simple habits to make your life easier, but really the habits you create in your life and going to push you to your life vision or take you away from it. It is up to us to decide which path we; ‘re going to follow.
What are some of your life hacks or which ones do you want to try? Let me know below!
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