Lately I’ve been thinking about my daily routine, and trying to think of new things I can implement into it. I realized that I already have a lot of good habits that I’ve developed over time, so I’m still searching for new things I can add, but for now, here is a list of 10 things I do on a daily basis that I think everyone can benefit from!
1. Wake up at the same time every weekday
Yeah yeah I’m not saying the weekends, don’t worry you can still go be a psychopath until 4 am and sleep in until noon (gotta get that 8 hours of sleep). But on weekdays, it’s time to pull everything together and have a daily routine so that you can have a regular sleep schedule.
2. Drink fruit infused water immediately
This can be as boring or as fun as you want to make it, but lemon, cucumber, lime, apple, grapefruit, melon, pineapple etc. are all fun ways to spice up your water. Not to mention it’s super healthy and can speed up your metabolism. It’s also just such a nice aesthetic to put some water and fruit in a pitcher and let it sit overnight, and it’s a fun way to wake up.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast that excites you
Come up with options that you can cycle through based on your moods. I typically rotate through omelettes, scrambled egg whites with veggies, avocado toast, yogurt, and smoothies. It depends on my mood, but I have options so that I don’t get bored of eating healthy food. That’s the key–always make your healthy meals fun.
I tend to workout before lunch, so that I still have my breakfast fueling me, I have energy because I’ve been awake for a couple hours, and so that I can immediately replenish my body with nutrients when I’m done. Granted, this habit is much easier for students with flexible schedules. But it doesn’t matter what time of day you do it, just try to get some exercise every day, even if it’s simply going for a walk with your friends.
5. Pack at least one meal with tons of veggies
I turn everything into a salad. I’ll put burgers on a salad, eggs on a salad, quinoa and veggies on a salad, chicken, fruit, potatoes, anything. It might seem a little bizarre, but that’s just the Monte way. It’s how I jam-pack tons of veggies into every bite. I’m still figuring out which combinations taste the best–pro tip: avocado tastes good with EVERYTHING.
6. Make a To Do List of at least 3 productive things you want to accomplish that day, and do them!
Whether that’s a homework assignment or a load of laundry or calling your grandparents. All of those are productive options. Nothing is more gratifying than crossing off tasks on a To Do List. It also helps because at the end of the week you have a paper trail of all that you have accomplished, so you don’t have to feel like a total bum anymore.
7. Have a real conversation with a friend
Yeah, you know, you should always have someone to connect with. And it should be a real conversation, not just tagging them in some kind of meme on Facebook and calling it a day. Ask them how they’re doing, talk about a mutual experience you’ve had, make plans for the future. Always make sure you have someone important in your life that you can connect with. Support systems are EVERYTHING.
8. Get your creative juices flowing
I do this by playing an instrument (piano, ukulele), by singing, by blogging, or by drawing. Doing something like this is incredibly therapeutic, and helps me use different parts of my brain! Maybe you like to paint, knit, write, build, etc. Discover your thing and have fun doing it!
9. Have something fun planned that you can look forward to
I always have a movie/tv show in mind that I can watch, someone to hang out with, or someone to call on the phone that I know I will enjoy that day. Always keep yourself excited so that life doesn’t get dull. They can be simple things–maybe you just like taking long drives, or baking your favorite cookies. But if that’s your thing, plan it, make it happen.
10. Figure out what the world is doing these days
Whether it’s a crazy news story, a fun fact from a TED Talk, or something you paid attention to during class, you should always be learning things that are relevant to the world that you can use to connect with people. And also, it’s just important to be informed. If you integrate it into your daily routine, you’ll be able to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world.
The reason it’s so important for me to do these on a daily basis is because it allows me to look back at my day, my week, my month, and feel positively about myself. I get to be proud of who I am and what I accomplish on a daily basis, and I get to see what that leads to on the bigger scale. The way you view yourself is one of the most important aspects of your life. So I highly recommend these habits to anyone who needs a boost.
What habits would you add? What do you do on a daily basis that you think could change the world if everyone knew about it? 🙂