Writers, creatives, artists, students! Want to have a better week? Incorporate these simple steps into your routine:
- Go to bed free of distraction so you that you can wake up with intention. Yes. Early. No excuses. No ifs, ands, or buts. A better week starts with a better day, so make the most of it!
- Eat breakfast! No coffee doesn’t count. Get some grains and fruits in your body! Don’t have the time to make something? Too bad! You should have woken up earlier. Haha!
- Don’t overwork yourself. Sometimes you will be tempted to take on more than you can handle. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Pay attention to what your mind and body is telling you. What you do is enough. There is always tomorrow.
- Plan ahead. What are the most important things you need to get done? Don’t just think in terms of tasks, but actual goals. For example, do you want to create some new designs? Do you need to set time aside to write your book? When you plan your success, you are also planning for failure. Success is not possible without the latter, so give yourself some room to grow.
- Make time for your passions. Integrate more activity into your life. Once you free your mind with new or neglected interests, you can begin to tap into your creativity. That 9-5 is keeping a roof over your head, but is it feeding your soul? Don’t neglect your hobbies and first loves! Walk around the park. Indulge in your poetry. Go to yoga. Play in a band. Just because you need to make a living, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel alive.
- Relieve the stress. I suggest exercise, sports, or music. Physical activity may not seem like the obvious choice but it truly makes all the difference. I like to skateboard with my brother in law when my day has been long or even hit the gym. It is totally exhilarating!
- Self care is the best care. Shower yourself with love and positivity. Perhaps that means taking time to be alone or maybe you prefer to be in the company of your loved ones. It is up to you! Just remember that you come first.
- Try something new. Yeah! Mix it up! Make a new dish. Watch a new movie. Attempt to learn something out of the ordinary. The new challenge will stimulate your mind and result in even more creativity and experiences.
- Spend time with the people you care about. As a writer, I am easily consumed with my work. That is why I need to remind myself to log off my computer, otherwise hours and hours will pass. Our careers are important but not at the expense of our family.
- Learn when to say no and when to say yes. Don’t feel any pressure to succumb to the needs and pressures of others. There will opportunities presented to you that do not always have your best interest at heart. On the other hand, there may be times when you hear the word no and feel discouraged as a result of that. But do not feel defeated, bounce back! After all there are seven days in the week and fifty two weeks in a year! You will have your moment!
Keep hustling friends!
(And set your alarm clock!)