Are there things in your life you never seem to have the time for? You wait until you have a day off to do them, but then, life seems to get in the way and the things you really enjoy get pushed to the wayside? That used to happen to me ALL. THE. TIME. Until I made them a priority.
I remember waking up one morning a couple years ago saying to myself: “there has to be more to life than this.” Then, I asked myself what I am passionate about. For me it was working out, learning Japanese, and writing. Especially writing. Any time I did manage to have a day off where I had time to write, I still never wrote anything because it was too big of a project. It just seemed so daunting! I remembered reading something about to get in the habit of writing, start with 10 mins a day. So, I took that and ran with it, applying it to the 2 other aforementioned things. I can honestly say that I HAVE FOUND SUCCESS with this method. Here is how I started:
I am a morning person (not like ass-crack-of-dawn morning, 90 minutes-2 hours before work), so the most logical time for me to be productive is when I wake up. I do these things no more than 5-10 mins every morning, in this order.
- Workout (I now work out 30 minutes every morning, but before my fitness level was up, I literally only worked out 10 mins a day)
- Study Japanese (I use an app called “Lingodeer” and do a lesson, then 5 min quiz)
- Write (this ends up only being a paragraph or so, but hey, I’ve gotten things written!)
I’ve also tried adding a 5-minute meditation with the app “Simple Habit” into my day. I was successful in the past, but I’ve gotten out of touch with it. Don’t get me wrong, I do have my moments where I do half of my routine or even skip it entirely, but knowing that I have a system in place to do things I look forward to, helps me to pick it up again the next day. There’s no need to punish yourself. Be kind to yourself and move forward.
You can start with just incorporating 1 thing into your day, see how it goes and then add more things as you feel ready. 🙂
Sincerely, we aren’t here to live other people’s lives. We are here for us- to enjoy life before it passes us by. Yes, there are certain things most of us have to do like work and pay bills, but that’s not all! If you don’t like your job, find a new one. If you don’t like your friends, find new ones OR become better acquainted with yourself. The things that are within your control can be changed to better suit and honor you for the person you truly are. So, what makes you happy?
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