As summer comes to an end, it’s time to get back into your normal routine. Here are some tips to make the grind a little bit easier!
As summer comes to an end, it’s time to oil up the engine and get back to the grind! The kids are back in school, it’s the busiest time of the year at work, and the holidays are on the horizon. It might just help to find a routine that helps the day transpire as smoothly as possible. After a few vacations and a ton of fun, it can be difficult to get back into that routine, so we’ve put together some tips to make it a little bit easier!
- Keep a Schedule
The best way to stay on track on a day-to-day basis is to keep a schedule. That doesn’t mean you need to make a schedule. That means making it, devoting yourself to it and making slight adjustments whenever they may be needed. A schedule can give you a sense of purpose, from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed. As an added bonus, the longer you maintain your routine, the easier it gets to follow.
- Wake Up Early and Go to Bed Early
One of the most difficult parts of the day is the beginning. Dragging yourself out of bed after a restful night and a perfect dream can be brutal. But have you ever noticed how happy “morning people” seem to be? Getting up and embracing the day is a great way to be productive from the moment your alarm clock goes off, even if it takes a few sips of coffee to get you going. Going to bed early can also ensure that you’re ready to tackle those early mornings, and your body will thank you for getting eight hours of sleep.
- Eat Breakfast
This goes-hand-in hand with waking up early. It’s important to remember that food is fuel. Sure, it can bring pleasure, but starting the day with a hearty, nutritious meal is one of the best ways to jumpstart your morning. Some great breakfast options can include fruit, oatmeal, whole-grain toast, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs and more. A healthy grain and a protein can take you from morning mush to energy and efficiency!
Exercise is good for both your mind and your body, and it can be the perfect constant for a daily routine. Adding just 60 minutes of exercise to your day can boost your energy, your metabolism and your sleep, all at the same time. You can even turn exercise into a social outlet, whether you’re spending time at the gym or with friends, a significant other, or pets. It can be the perfect way to begin your day, or it can help you wind down after a long day of work, tending to your kids and running your household. You might be surprised at the difference it can make, and it only gets easier as you continue to do it.
- Cut Out One Vice
Vices often set us back, both in our daily lives and in our overall goals, and they can be a major waste of time. As human beings, we’re constantly in pursuit of betterment, so we won’t ask you to cut all of your vices. We will, however, ask you to attempt to cut one. Whatever habit you may have that doesn’t contribute to your overall success could be taking up more time, energy and money than you realize, making it even more difficult to pursue a healthy lifestyle. By removing just one unhealthy factor from your daily routine, you can increase productivity, improve your relationships, build focus, lose weight, save money and more. Better yet, replace it with a healthy alternative, like exercising or pursing a passion project!