Feel like you’re in a rut?
Feel lost and don’t know what to do with yourself?
Time for some self-reflection.
Here’s a list of 23 things I am trying to do in order to improve myself as a person. I’m happy to say that I’m not on top of most of these although there is still some way to go before I complete the whole list. Hopefully it will inspire you to write your own list 🙂
- Develop a regular sleep routine – this significantly improves the quality of your sleep and can help you overcome insomnia. I now sleep between 1030 and 0630 every day and feel much better for it. See Tackling Insomnia: The Importance of Creating a Bedtime Routine.
- Start rising earlier – I’ve taken to getting up at 0630 which gives me time to get ready calmly before leaving for work. I also get up at 0615 some days to do a short run before work.
- Set a daily to-do list – I try and write a to-do list as soon as I get into work, before I start my clinic. This includes things I need to do at work, in order of importance, and then things I need to do at home. I need to work at actually ticking everything off by the end of the day, still not managing that all the time.
- Take up a regular reading habit – managing 15-20 minutes of reading before bed each night which I never did before. This is great as I’m getting through books quite quickly and getting better sleep because of it. I’m also attending a monthly book club.
- Declutter your email inbox – I haven’t got around to this yet. My inbox is screaming at me to sort it out. There’s literally thousands of messages in there that need either deleting or filing.
- Start aÂ cash-flowÂ spreadsheetÂ – I really need to keep track of my spending in order to save for a house deposit. I have no idea where my money goes and I really need to keep and eye on it.
- Contact your family at least once a week – I’m pretty good at this one although my sister has been living in away from home for some time and I realise that I’m pretty bad at updating her on what’s going on in my life.
- Take up regular exercise – On Sunday I have a 10km run which I’ve managed to train for pretty regularly. I’m planning to keep the running up after the event too. See my guide to creating a running habit.
- Achieve 10,000 steps a day – working on this one as it’s a bit hit and miss. I’ve purchased a Fitbit to keep track of my steps. I’m also going for a walk in my lunch break at work.
- Limit your internet consumption – I really need to sort this out. I spend so much time online. Whether it’s watching catch-up TV, emails, blogging or social media, I end up spending most of the day on my phone and on the computer.
- Take up yoga – I know how to do it and I’m pretty able, I just never make the time for it. If you’re interested in getting started then here’s my guide to starting your yoga journey.
- Cook a meal from scratch on a regular basis – I’m still living at home and get back from work at 7pm. My parents have usually cooked the dinner by this time. I really need to be cooking for them at least one night a week.
- Go a month without alcohol – I don’t drink all that much but I do probably drink more than I should. It’ll help me lose weight and improve my running if I can keep it to the minimum. I need to give my liver a rest.
- Drink 2 litres of water a day – I’m currently in the process of doing a 30-day water challenge. Will post on this next month!
- Reduce your television/Netflix watching – I’ve managed to limit y TV consumption to about 5 x 1 hour shows a week, which fortunately are not on at the same time of the year. I think I average about an hour a day of television at the moment. I find I have so much more time for the other things in life now.
- Start writingÂ – I’ve always loved writing. I’m so proud of this blog as I feel it’s helped me greatly. I hope t’s also helped other people. I’m now also writing a local events blog for my home city, Bristol. See www.welovebristol.net
- Have one vegetarian day a week – both my mum and my sister are vegetarian so there’s plenty of opportunity for veggie meals at home. It’s healthier and cheaper than eating meat. Plus, go veggie one day a week helps the environment.
- Teaching someone something – I’m currently holding a series of medical teaching sessions for local groups of first aiders. They are very enthusiastic as they have chosen to be present rather than being forced like at school!
- Clear out your wardrobe – I managed to get rid of a whole bin bag full of clothes and shoes and sent them to the local charity shop. There’s still so much clutter in my room though, will need to make time for round two soon.
- Narrow down your circle of friends – I’ve always been one to have a close group of friends rather than a large group of acquaintances. I find I prefer to live my life this way. I have multiple people I could go to in a crisis. Plus I have very few friends I would feel awkward spending time alone with.
- Volunteer – I would like to volunteer on a regular basis but I am struggling to find the time. I know this is something I should make time for. As above I’m doing some ad-hoc teaching sessions with the local first aid groups.
- Eat your greens –I’ve started taking salad to work every day which is a great improvement on all the bread I was consuming through sandwiches. I’m pretty good with fruits too, just need to sort out the vegetable aspect of my diet.
- Meditate regularly – when I was unwell I was meditating 5/6 times a week. Now I’m well and busier, I’m struggling to manage it twice a week. I want to get to a point where I’m meditating for 15 minutes three times a week. As mentioned in my previous posts, using the Calm App has helped me tremendously.
So these are my current goals, think it’s going pretty well at the moment!
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