Some call it practice, some call it strategies, and others call it habits. I call it rituals. However it is that you live your life and define it, the foundation of your daily experience is based much in your every day rituals. Essentially your life experience is a culmination of how you think, act and feel from moment to moment.
I think we could all do better with the rituals in our life. By the way, by ritual I don't necessarily mean meditation or anything spiritual. Rituals are simply the things we do every day. For example, the first thing you do or think when you wake up, or how quickly you eat your food or the way you engage in your relationships, these are all rituals. Think about your typical day from beginning to end and you will see that it is composed of a lot of mini rituals.
Is it your ritual to drink coffee in the morning?
Or to call your mother every evening?
Or to go on facebook for 3 hours a day?
Or to workout every morning at 6am?
Or are you too busy to even think about doing anything but watch TV and zone out when you get home...well all of those things are your rituals. They are neither good or bad, but they are defining your life.
To simplify or change your life in small (and big) ways think about your daily rituals
and how you could shift one or two of them to bring about changes you want to see. Experiment with
different areas of your life.
Here are a few things you can try to get started:
1. Start by doing less. Limit your daily to-do list to only 3 things you
must absolutely get done that day. If you accomplish more things in that day it's
just a bonus. This may seem daunting, but it's a great way to prioritize most important tasks..
2. Drink a big glass of water in the morning before consuming anything else. This is a
great cleanse for your organs and also a good reminder to drink more water.
3. Go for a walk at lunch. If you are trying to get more active in your life this is a great way to automate more activity into your day. Make it so easy that you can't say no.
4. Limit screen time. Setting boundaries around social media time and computer time can force you to be more productive and present. When you go online, try focusing on one task at at time (aka one tab at a time). This practice can free up a lot of time that seems to just "disappear" when you mindlessly scroll through feeds.
We won't know that another strategy is better unless we switch things up every once in a while. Try a new ritual for a week and see how you feel. The point is to stay energized, excited and inspired by life no matter what direction you are trying to go.
What are some of your favorite rituals?
What rituals would you like to change?
Leave your comments below.