Routine is an often overlooked, but vital inclusion when it comes to creating your best possible life. Stay on top of the important things, manage the unexpected and relieve stress and pressure that can be caused by the “unknown” by planning. Believe it or not, routines are an excellent de-stresser.

That’s not to say you have to stick to a regimented daily plan that is unshakable; not at all. Here’s the bottom line; simply ensuring that your daily or weekly routine incorporates these four elements, is guaranteed to ensure you see and feel the change in your life.

Get (and stay) Organised

Getting organised sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many women get bogged down in time-sapping jobs that would be completely destroyed by a little planning and know-how. Being organised with your time and your things, is the key.

Time management is simply the process of applying a diary or planning system that you use and stick to. Grabbing a diary is all well and good, but leaving it at home to collect dust isn’t going to help you. Use it every single day to record everything from appointments to birthdays, from jobs that need to be completed, to when other people are doing things. Setting and recording deadlines for yourself and others is a massive productivity booster and you’ll soon see the time adding up.

The same goes for the organising of “things”. You would be amazed at the hours you waste throughout the year looking for stuff! If you do not know instantly where the following items are in your house, then you need to declutter, get organised and keep it that way:

  • your passport/drivers license
  • your home insurance documents
  • spare batteries
  • window keys

So what’s my point? These are just a few random examples of things that we actively spend our time looking for; along with keys and particular items of clothes that seem to grow legs and walk away! But the time you spend looking for items is better spent elsewhere, and simply getting organised not only reduced the time you’re wasting, it also reduces stress and worry. Once you have invested initial time in getting organised with all the things, scheduling time each day to plan and stay tidy is simple. The benefits will speak for themselves, I guarantee it!

Self Care

Ahh this old chestnut again. But, for all it’s current hype, self-care is an often neglected point that has impact far beyond the visible. I have finally understood that prioritising yourself; both mind and body, results in a more driven and effective you.

Toffler at Pick the Brain explains self care best “The idea of self-care is much broader; encompassing body, mind, emotions, and spirit, being both preventative and proactive. Self-care is developing the awareness of and then honoring what you really—on every level—and the rituals and practices that ensure you’re looking after your total well-being every single day. It includes habits that make you healthier, happier, and help you to feel more connected.” 

“The benefits of self-care are truly enormous and shouldn’t be ignored.”

Pick the Brain

From implementing small, daily activities to scheduling whole days for yourself, you can find great peace, clarity and health through simple self care. If you’re struggling for ideas, you can grab our Reset Guide, for just 99p, with 40 self care ideas for you to get started with today.

Head Space

Meditation is often viewed as a new age enigma and is ignored as a fad of hippy types. This is not true! Giving yourself true headspace is miraculous in its benefits. Kristine Crane recently published 8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life on the Huffington Post and it says it all. Citing reduced stress, increased concentration and increased happiness as some of the many benefits, even 5 to 15 minutes a day can have a noticeable effect on your overall wellbeing and outlook.

Take five minutes to follow this simple exercise:

  • find a peaceful space, sit or lye down
  • set a timer for your preferred length of time (5 to 15 minutes is usual)
  • relax as best you can, either closing your eyes or focusing on one spot
  • breathe deeply and concentrate on your breating
  • relax your shoulders and slowly think about relaxing other areas of your body
  • focus on your breathing. Think about how it feels to breathe in and out.
  • If you find yourself thinking of something else, acknowledge the thought and push it aside (I pretend to put things in imaginary filing cabinets and close the drawers!)

Self Improvement

Once upon a time, the self help section of the book store was a sad and lonely place where you dare not venture for fear of reprimand. Here’s the big secret; self help books do actually help you! Shock horror! We’re not in the 80’s anymore and being seen to improve yourself is a good thing, not something to be frowned upon. Picking the right books though is key. If you’re just starting out, my top recommendations are:

It’s amazing how life changes when you do it better, and learning to do it better is the only way out of your current routine. Tell me this, what is your current routine actually achieving for you?