It’s all well and good having an entire month dedicated to getting yourself back on track, but the key to maintaining solid routines and achieving long term goals is the constant repetition of good habits. We wanted to share some of our top life habits which help you keep your life in order, through Junk Free June and beyond!
1. Maintain an automated shopping list!
Simplify the meal prep process by keeping a set shopping list on your phone of your common purchases and ingredient lists for meals you cook often. For example, I like to keep a list of ingredients for breakfast muffins on my phone just so I can add whatever ingredients I know I’ve run out of to my shopping list weekly.
Furthermore, shopping online with Countdown makes shopping super easy as you can just copy your shopping list directly from your device and it will help you find your preferred item for each thing on your list.
2. Have a Cleaning Schedule!
I haven’t met someone who genuinely enjoys cleaning, however, I have met plenty who love the feeling of walking into a clean home at the end of the day. From experience, I’ve found that I’m much more inspired to spend 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each day completing a few jobs around the house (or whatever my motivation levels allow) than spending a few hours once or twice a week. Check out this blog post here all about our Cleaning Checklist printable. It helps organise daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks and helps make the entire process a lot more manageable!
3. Streamline your Nutritional Choices:
Without wanting to lecture you on the positive impacts of meal prepping your food for the week, I do believe that there are some great ways to reduce the workload of eating healthy every night of the week. For our family, we’ve become pretty accustomed to our good and bad eating habits. I know that I’m often craving something sweet at 3 pm. So I’ll prepare smoothies full of frozen berries and banana in the freezer so I can quickly whip up a thick smoothie which makes me feel like I’m eating ice cream! It’s all about thinking ahead, being away of that future self and finding the holes in your eating habits. Each week, I like to sit down and review where my eating habits fell through, then I find solutions for each area whether that’s increasing my portions, stocking up on different foods or even just re-organising the pantry so the healthy food is closest. Try putting a little time of nutritional reflection into your week this week and see what you find!
4. Multi-Task Mundane Tasks:
Brushing my teeth is something I always rush through. I’m either far too excited to get to bed, or I’m running out the door in the morning. However, I know that if I make myself do 30 squats while I brush my teeth, I’m getting not only a little extra exercise but I’m also ensuring that I’m spending long enough on my dental hygiene. What mundane task do you like to avoid? Do you love watching Netflix but hate folding the washing? Do them at the same time!
5. Dedicate Phone Time:
This habit may have surprised you, but it has the best of intentions. These days, I feel like we’re all multi-tasking at the wrong times. If we’re doing something seemingly mindless like brushing our teeth, then why shouldn’t we squat while we do it. And yet when we’re driving our cars, we can’t help but pick up our cell phones and reply to that text. Rather than designating a time when you’re phone free, what if you dedicate time when you focus on getting through those emails and replying to those messages. This encourages you to be more present and mindful on how you spend your time with people and at work throughout the day. The wonderful things about our devices is that they don’t forget. We can leave that text until later, we don’t have to reply to that email instantly. We have the ability to control when we let it distract us. So take control. Give yourself time once the kids are in bed, or once you’ve completed your morning routine to check through your notifications and then only check or reply to things during the day if they’re honestly urgent. Let it go and let yourself focus on the people in your life right now.
BONUS: Implement the 5-second rule!
This productivity rule is about ensuring that you take action immediately. Get home and find the dishwasher full? Unload it. If you’re getting up to leave the room, take something from the room and put it away. Reducing the amount of mental effort tied to small tasks like this will make you feel significantly more on top of it all without draining you of energy!
Try to implement one of these habits this week and see how it treats you. If it doesn’t work, then move on to another one! There is no harm in trying and you might find something amazing!
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