Evaluating Routines

After my post the other week about how my routines have become disorganized since I’ve started working more, I’ve made some improvements. I feel like I’m balancing what I’d like to get done much better along with my physical health. Check out the recent changes I’ve made that could help you as well!  

Exercising

Problem: A few months ago I decided to increase the intensity of my workouts, and I eventually fell off doing them. Before that, I had been exercising both first thing in the morning and before bed in the evening. Simple things like push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks for about 10 minutes.

Solution: I went back to exercising for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. It was easy to maintain, and provided the results that I needed.

Learned: Bigger is not always better – and you don’t always need to increase things. Sometimes, things are perfect how they are. Entertain yourself in other ways.

 

Zen|Meditation

Problem: I kept pushing off going to the Zen Center and also increased my meditation time to 15-20 minutes in the morning and at night. Both the Zen Center and meditation became non-existent in my life.

Solution: I went back to my usual Wednesday and Sunday schedule and stayed committed. I also reverted back to my preferred 10-minute meditation time.

Learned: Again, you don’t always have to race to the top. I’ve done longer sitting at the Zen Center, but I learned at home it’s not the place for me to do that. Everything is trial and error, and it’s okay to go back to what you were doing.

 

Eating Habits

Problem: I attempted cooking fresh meals, buying all organic, and even having a meal plan I followed. Overall, I’d end up with food rotting and sitting in my fridge. I tried to convince myself to cook but that didn’t work out well. Great idea, but it just wasn’t working for me. At least not now in my life.

Solution: I now purchase frozen meals and heat them up. I just have to make sure the ingredients are healthy and not doused in sodium.

Learned: Some ideas are great in theory, but it’s okay if I’m not following the crowd. Turns out, some frozen meals are almost as good as fresh.

 

Organizing my day|ToDos

Problem: I’m always trying ways to make sure I focus on what needs to be done yet not overburden myself. I have yet to find a real way. Either I end up with many sticky notes or everything gets lost digitally.

Solution: I’ve started using the calendar app on my phone to only put meetings or specific times of things. So I look at that to see my day planned. For my daily to-dos like paying my bills, I put a reminder in my phone in the reminders app. For business and projects, I use Asana as a project management tool.

Learned: In my mind, everything has a separate type of use. A to-do is far different than a project so I shouldn’t mix them. I also need to be able to see my day. I’ve tried one of those calendars that combine everything, but it feels so cluttered on the phone and iPad.

 

So here’s something to think about: The higher standards you’re holding yourself to, are they necessary or are you simply entertaining yourself instead of really “growing?”

I often talk about having a vision and moving towards it. Filling in the details as you move along. This is me filling in the details and learning myself better. What’s strides are you making as you create a vision for the life you would like and want to move towards?