Big changes are hard to tackle, so I wondered wheather fixing your routine and making small changes to your day can, in turn change your life.
I couldn’t tell you how many times a day I think to myself ‘I’d love to be able to do this or that’, like give up my beloved cups of coffee, but I never really stop and think about the changes I would like to make. Until now.
Here is my pledge, my early New Year Resolutions, my personal goals – call it what you like! Below is how I have begun to change my day.
Drink more water
I both dread the thought of giving up coffee and dream of being able to. Before I can even consider it I need to acknowledge the fact it is where I get the majority of my hydration during the day (at night it’s from wine, obvs).
I am sure that if I drank the right amount of water each day I would drink less coffee. It is clear to me that my thirst and subsequent lack of energy turns me to caffeine when it might not be needed.
To help me achieve this personal goal and change my life when it comes to my health, energy and even skin elasticity, I have purchased The Big Bottle. It contains 2.2 litres of water, the minimum you should drink each day. I hope by leaving it on my desk I will drink it at work and then any additional water outside of work is bonus juice!
Wake up earlier
I have to admit I’ve started this one already. I am fortunate enough that I don’t have to wake up too early for work – unless a big deadline is looming – but it is starting to feel like that extra shut eye is a huge waste of time.
On those days where I do have a big newspaper deadline I’ll be up by 6am and in work within the hour. Why not do this everyday? Think of all the writing, emailing, and social media development I could do if I woke up just one hour early, five days a week.
Work out more and differently
I usually manage to go to the gym two or three times a week. In an ideal world I would like to be there five times a week, so it’s time to start doing it.
I also need to mix up my routine bigtime. I go in and do the same exercises each time and after a while your body becomes used to things so what’s the point? If am going to dedicate so much time each week to something then I should at least do it efficiently.
This includes getting out of the gym! Two years ago I ran the London Marathon and now I can barely run for 20 minutes. I bought myself new running shoes at Christmas but haven’t taken this purchase/commitment seriously. As the next Christmas approaches those poor shows need to finally be worn, frequently!
In terms of working out differently, I have joined an amazing women’s only class in north London called Love Lift. It is run by the amazing Nicole Aristides and her fellow personal trainer Frankie Hassan, on Mondays at 7pm. It is a lot of hard work with resistance bands, but after just six weeks I have seen my body change.
Prepare the night before
A renowned way to have a more efficient day is to always wear the same thing so you don’t waste time thinking about your outfit – which, let’s face it, I’m not going to do for fear of being shamed – second best then, is to plan your outfit the night before.
I’m not going to stop there, I intend to pack my bag the night before and even prepare lunches.
Do more with my evenings
This does not relate to my previous pledge, this relates to how easy I find it to go home and watch mindless TV for hours while thinking that going and seeing friends for dinner is too much time to dedicate on a workday evening.
It doesn’t make sense does it? The latter is far more rewarding!
What changes would you like to make to your routine and in what big ways would you like to change your life? Let me know in the comments.