Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ways to Refresh Your Daily Routine

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Whatever the groundhog has to say about winter really doesn't register on my radar.  It's Chicago, it's a pretty long winter regardless of any shadows (and isn't that little guy wrong more times than he is right anyway?)  Groundhog day just always reminds me of the movie instead.  The one where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over again.  Because that can happen to most people this time of year - January and February are slow, no holidays to break things up, the cold weather keeps people indoors and not making plans.  It's pretty easy to stick to the wake up, go to work, come home, sleep routine.  If that kind of repetitiveness has you feeling as frustrated as Bill Murray, I have a few tips for you on how to (easily!) refresh your daily routine.

Finish Things the Night Before.  If you wake up to the sight of something you didn't finish the evening before, the whole day is off to a very rough, and repetitive, start.  Start making an effort to finish the day's task the evening before, so you aren't waking up to your own procrastination.  It seems like such a small thing, but it will change your whole outlook.  Looking at you, pile of clean laundry that still needs to be folded.

Move Furniture and Decor.  You don't need to buy new things to feel like your space has changed - just move what you already own.  Moving large pieces of furniture, like couches and beds, will change the way your entire house feels, while moving decor items like pictures and vases will refresh the way a room looks on a daily basis.  You'll get all the same energy boosts that buying something new would give you, without the hit to your wallet.

Check a Nagging Task Off Your To Do List.  Pick something that has been on your personal to do list for awhile and just tackle it, once and for all.  It might be the boxes of Christmas decor you still haven't put away, or a pile of paperwork you haven't felt like sorting and shredding.  Putting these things off always make them seem bigger than they are, so (a) you'll get it done faster than you think and (b) you'll feel immense relief once it's done.  You'll totally change your daily routine because you won't be thinking about that task ever again.  Taxes, anyone?

Change Your Diet.  I'm guilty of this one because I have the palette of a 5 year old and don't like very many foods.  But if you've been eating all the same things out of habit, you can branch out!  Winter lends itself to heavy comfort foods and we generally make those the same way we always have.  Try changing out just an ingredient or two, or make one entirely new dish each week that you haven't been eating the last 3 months.  If you want to get really crazy, make something with an ingredient you've never bought before.  I'm on a shopping ban, but if I wasn't, I'd also consider trying a new restaurant.

Change the Way You Dress.  I'm a big fan of signature styles so I don't recommend trashing your entire wardrobe.  But changing the way you wear what you already own can breathe new life into your clothing.  Most people wear the same shirt with the same pants with the same shoes, but if you take a minute to assess your closet contents as a whole, you'd see that the same shirt would work with a skirt you haven't work in awhile and a pair of boots.  Nothing new needs to be purchased!  Try pulling out a favorite item and an item you don't wear often.  Then see how many other things in your closet you could pair with each of those pieces, and reorganize your closet if it'll make you reach for different options.  In a similar vein, you can also try new hairstyles, accessories, and makeup looks.

Change What You Consume in a Day.  And I don't just mean the food.  I mean what you're reading, watching, following online, etc.  If you've been following the same type of accounts and shows and they just aren't inspiring you anymore, try adding totally different content.  If you're bored of the fitness buff accounts, search for healthy eating Instagramers instead.  If you feel like you're just reading the same financial advice over and over again, find a blog about frugal and sustainable living.  You'll probably still be interested in the topics since they're similar enough, but they're also different enough that you won't feel like you're look at the same things day after day.  Learning something new re-energizes your brain.

Personally, I do well with routine.  I can definitely understand how it can get monotonous though, and I do love finding new interests online and new blogs to read.  How do you feel about your daily routine?  Do you like the same old or do you need to change things up every now and then?

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