Even at 10 months old, my dog, Cody, is a creature of habit. Every day we take a morning stroll up the street. Every day he walks up the left side of the street and comes down on the right. Every day he goes the bathroom in the same yard and we come back home to get his breakfast which he sits and waits for expectantly. In the afternoon we take another walk – this time to the park. He knows we are going even before I tell him, and he waits patiently for me at the back door. When you think about it, it’s really incredible that he has established these routines and patterns at such a young age.
Then again, maybe it isn’t.
We are all creatures of habit. We all have established routines that we conduct every day. Think about the way you brush your teeth, the route you take to work or the way you get your table set for dinner. We have created patterns and rituals that help us get things done more efficiently and once they are ingrained in our mind, we don’t even think about them. We just do them.
The habits we have created tell alot about the kind of person we are, and also help to determine whether we are successful in our endeavors….or not. Successful people have different daily rituals than those who are not. Productive people have different daily rituals than those who are not. People who are content and happy in their lives have a different set of daily rituals than those who do not.
Consider the daily habits of a person who is overweight and unhealthy, for example. Don’t you think they have a different set of daily behaviors than someone who is fit, healthy and active?
This morning Cody reminded me of the importance of creating and maintaining daily rituals that allow you to live the life you want to lead. Let me share with you some of my best practices right now:
1. Meditate for 10-15 minutes every morning.
2.Spend 10-15 minutes stretching in the morning.
3. Write in my journal for 10-15 minutes a day (right now that is a gratitude journal)
4. Exercise for 30-45 minutes every day.
5. Have 1 hour of time in the evening where the kids and I turn off our phones.
6. Spend focused time with each of my 3 kids helping them with homework and talking with them each night.
7. Walk and play with my dog every morning and afternoon.
8. Get my work done in 25 minute segments to help me keep focused and on task.
These are some of my current best practices. What are yours? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
In the meantime, I am going to go and hug Cody and thank him for being my inspiration today! 🙂