With government’s last night announcements, you must be surely wondering what to do in next 21 days. Well, this is the right time to learn how to utilize your time better and nothing is better than free time while sitting at the luxury of your home.
Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients. It took his patients “a minimum of 21 days” to adjust to a new situation. Of course it can take more time too! But, let’s start somewhere. The time frame is short enough to be inspiring, but long enough to be believable.
So, pick a habit, something simple which will enable you to become "better" this year. Have been thinking to learn coding, or maybe painting, or losing weight. There are numerous things you can pic. How to start is always tough but with measurable period of time set for each goal you can keep a track and with first few goals easier to do, starting will be just easier. This makes it easier to measure; you either are or aren't doing something concrete. or even just start learning new hobbies, or simply being better at what you are doing now! All you need to first accept that you have to make it happen, if you think you may not be consistent ask your friends to work on their goals along with you. This is why we get cheap data packs! Video call or maybe better do conference calls, get your gang to make goals together. More the merrier.
Write down your new habit to make it more real and post it somewhere visible (like your bathroom mirror) as a constant reminder.
Other places to remind yourself of your new habit are:
· Ask your friend to call you up and remind you. Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t call!
· Put a note on your refrigerator or maybe on your water dispenser. (Also drink enough water!)
· Set an alert notification on your smartphone. (And don’t snooze the reminder while playing PUBG!)
· Send a daily email to yourself. (And that’s how you build a habit)
Here are few habits to get you started with.
1. Add at least one vegetable or fruit to every meal
2. Pay attention to your body- eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full
3. Hydrate! Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
4. Limit your caffeine, especially later in the day
5. Replace one of your regular sugary treats with something healthier- tea instead of soda, fruit instead of a cookie
6. Limit the number of alcoholic beverages you consume- either count your drinks or set a drink limit
Learning & Productivity
1. Pick a course online. There are so many online learning websites giving courses away for free!
2. Read the news from at least 3 different sources, learn about how to write. It helps when you might want to start a blog, or maybe write a memoir.
3. Make a “to do” list every day and stick to it. Give fixed time to every single item on the list.
4. Read books! Read! Read! Read! We can't emphasize enough.
5. Keep your desk & room organized so you won’t be distracted.
Relaxation, Reflection, Mindfulness
1. Get a full night’s sleep (at least 7-8 hours!)
2. Meditate in the morning. You can listen to some calming music while you are at it.
3. Spend 1 hour per day completely alone. Think about things which take priority in your life.
4. Do an activity each day that you enjoy- read for pleasure, knit, play an instrument.
5. Write in a journal. It is so satisfying to document your life. And who knows maybe someday everyone might want to see your biopic.
6. Write down 3 things you are grateful for.
1. Be aware of the waste you create- BYO mug, utensils, grocery bag, etc.
2. Make the effort to put waste in the correct bin.
3. Unplug devices when not in use
4. Drink tap water, not bottled water
5. Reduce your water usage- take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when not in use.
1. Make an effort to eat every meal without looking at your phone
2. Set a specific daily time limit for social media, or try giving it up entirely
3. Look up- put your phone away when you’re walking to/from places
4. Avoid phone & laptop screens for 30 minutes before bed
5. When you do a fun activity, just enjoy the moment and resist the urge to take & post a picture.