Is it time to change up your routines at work or at home? I’ve been thinking about and acting on, my daily habits. Maybe it’s due to the promise of spring and new growth, but I like to think it’s also focused thought.
Habits are just routines that we have put into place. Decisions made either consciously or unconsciously.
I have known for some time that getting out of my home office and moving a little more would benefit me physically and mentally. It wasn’t until I spent some time with a friend who also works from home, that I could see how to painlessly incorporate more movement into my day.
Her impetus to move is as part of a recovery from a major car accident. Mine thankfully, isn’t as traumatic, unless you count an upcoming high school reunion traumatic. I don’t, but it does give me some motivation to get more fit.
Routines are simply decisions made into habits
It all begins with how we start our day. For years, I have begun my day with journal writing to clear my head and get focused. My start time wasn’t consistent, because my work as a coordinator of volunteers meant shifting work hours. Now that I’m self employed, I am choosing my own work hours and setting the alarm for a consistent start.
Since I usually don’t see anyone for hours, my wardrobe selection is easy. Breakfast is likewise a predictable effort. A protein smoothie. Easy, healthy and quick to consume. That’s part of the success routine too. Remove as many decisions as possible, making other tasks that require more thought and willpower, easier to accomplish.
Then, what I “slid in” to the schedule, is a 15 to 30-minute walk before I go to my office. That simple practice has made it easier for me to likewise schedule additional movement breaks.
Movement routines are motivating
Rather than the “big” commitment of the gym a few times a week, now I am on my feet and moving three times a day. It doesn’t mean that I won’t get to the gym, but now I have a more consistent schedule which motivates me to keep moving.
Beyond the obvious benefits to my body for that future reunion, I am also re-discovering the joy of being out on a spring day. Re-connecting with the natural world and getting to know my neighbourhood.
Now that the health consequences are showing up due to our sedentary work and life styles, you may want to consider ways to change some of your work routines. Consider replacing a coffee break with a walking break, or maybe a 10-minute pre-lunch walk. If you’re in a management role, is it possible to create a movement meeting?
The best thing about routines, is that we can change them. Just because that’s the way “it’s always been done” doesn’t mean you can’t decide to do something new. Like anything else in leadership, personal or otherwise, it’s about decision making and follow through. You set the tone, you can also set the pace. Will you?
If you are unsure how to start making some of those changes or transitions, contact me for a free 20 minute consult. I can help you re-think obstacles and turn them into opportunities.