self improvement

8 things I want to turn into habits.

5 thingsSometimes I do things. Those things make me feel good. They make me feel happy, organised, productive and uplifted.

I’d love to do those things every day or week, but making things a habit requires practice so I thought I’d create a post about the things I’m working on to do to make life a little easier for me. Or to just make me feel good.

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1. Spend 5-10 minutes a day putting things away before work.

I usually have a bit of spare time while getting ready for work. I use that time to refresh social media, e-mail and do nothing at all productive.

It’s usually the point where I’m basically ready to go to work, but I don’t want to brush my teeth yet because I’ve not finished my coffee.

I’d like to spend this time making my bed, putting away any clothes, towels or make-up and cleaning my desk.

It’s so nice to come home to a room that’s tidy, so I can just switch my computer on and get straight to working on blog posts without feeling that I’m fighting my way through dirty cups, makeup brushes and hair products sprawled all over my desk.

2. A face mask once a week.

I did get into the habit of doing a face mask every Sunday evening before showering and washing my hair – but for some reason, I’ve not done it over the past few weeks.

I’d like to get back into the routine of doing a face mask every week to help my skin. I find it best to apply the mask right before I get into the shower and wash it off in the shower.

Washing face masks off in the sink really bothers me. I hate it when water rolls down my arms and up my sleeves.

3. Use my travel time well.

It takes me 45 minutes to get to work and can take up to an hour and 15 minutes to get home in rush hour traffic.

While I do enjoy rocking out to music in the car – I’ve been finding audiobooks and podcasts are a much better way of passing the time.

I specifically like audiobooks that focus on development and how to be more productive or be a better leader. While some of them can be a bit of common sense, or things we already know, I think reminding ourselves of the importance and impact of things can really help to make them part of our natural behaviour.

I’m a bit of a worrier, so my next book is going to be How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie, the author of the famous book How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Woo.

You can also read about another book I listened to, read and loved here: The Power of Habit.

4. Drink a green tea once a day.

I’m a massive coffee and tea addict.

Green tea is known for being great for you. It has many benefits including boosting your metabolism and decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. I’ve been working hard at drinking a cup a day. Sometimes it’s harder than others – I usually have a cup after a workout, but I often skip this if I’m working!

I’ve been trying out some new flavours lately and I’m particularly loving Twining’s range of Green tea. The have one with ginger, a salted caramel one and a caramelised apple flavour. Yum.

5. Put my clothes away straight away.

I’m terrible at being tidy in general. I have so much stuff and I actually think that if I had all my clothes washed and cleaned, there wouldn’t be a enough places to put them away.

I’ve been having a few clear outs lately. On New Years eve, I got rid of two big bin bags of clothes. This was reduced to one big bag after my housemate and her sister had a look through them. It was all pretty decent stuff, I just never wore it.

When I wash my clothes, I want to be able to put them away when they’re dry straight away rather than leaving them in piles on my floor.

This only takes about 10 minutes, I don’t know why it seems like such a massive task!

6. Burn scented candles. 

I’ve never really bought into the whole scented candle thing. I viewed candles as a waste of money. But after buying one over Christmas while getting into the Christmas spirit, there’s nothing cuter than having a candle burning on your desk while you’re drinking tea and blogging.

It just puts me in a good mood.

7. Get dressed on days off.

I’m not great at getting dressed if I’m not going out. If best, I’ll put workout clothes on, then shower after working out, then put more PJs on.

I’d really like to get into the habit of getting my workout done and then have a shower and get dressed if I’m not working, rather then lounging around until the afternoon.

I just have this massive internal battle about feeling like there’s no point wearing out my clothes if I’m not going anywhere!

8. Look after my eyebrows.

I’m terrible at plucking my eyebrows. I just hate it so much.

Every little tickle or irritation causes me to sneeze, so plucking my eyebrows just turns into a massive, ticklish, painful sneeze-fest. I only pluck my eyebrows if I’m doing blog post photos with pictures of my face in, or if there’s a special occasions.

I’m going to leave my tweezers on the shelf above my sink to remind myself to keep on top of them.

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I think that’s enough habit making for now – what things would you like to make into habits?

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