POSITIVE HABITS THAT CREATE MORE TIME FOR YOU

 

 

We all need to input into our own selves, whether that’s establishing a self-care routine or saying no to an invite every once in a while, creating time to do what suits us is essential. And finally, we’re starting to realise that.

Today I wanted to chat about some positive habits that you could incorporate into your life if it’s something you’re after, and this might give you the inspiration to make a positive change.

 

have a wind-down routine

Lately, I’ve started a different bedtime routine. I used to have a bath around 8pm (lets be honest it was more about 6pm), laze around in my pyjama’s and then retire to bed at about 10pm to read and watch Youtube videos.

Now, I change into loungewear when I get home, but have a bath before bed around 10pm, apply some Sleepy body lotion by Lush, and read before going to sleep instead of scrolling on my phone. I might have a quick scroll before I start my book but that’s it! I’m really enjoying it and it seems to be a calming routine that’s working for me.

posting less but enjoying it more

Due to personal reasons, I had to stop posting every other day on the blog and twice a day on Instagram. I’m still sharing and writing, but at a more slower pace which feels a lot less pressure.

I probably spend a little bit more time offline, but I’ve noticed when I have the chance to log on, I enjoy it SO much more. I am more active and actually WANT to be there, instead of just going on as a force of habit. I’ve realised that you don’t have to stick to anyone else’s timetable or routine, but adapt with what works for you, it doesn’t have to be regimented.

 ditching the to-do list

I know this is kind of taboo, and I get it because I am a fellow list lover too, but sometimes there ain’t anything as stressful as seeing a massive to-do list of things you are telling yourself you *have* to get done in one day. Lets be honest, they verge on ridiculous.

If you don’t want to go the whole hog of scrapping a list all together because you thrive on routine and being organised (like me), then only put two or three things on your daily agenda that you really need to do and are urgent, leave the rest for another day when you aren’t as busy. This way it feels so much more manageable and you end up getting even more done, as you feel less pressured that you don’t have a massive mountain to climb.

Will you be adopting any of these habits?

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  • I positively LOVE reading before bed, and taking a break from my phone really helps me fall asleep faster!

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

    • It helps me so much! And it means I’m reading lots more too which is good 🙂 xx

  • Thanks so much for sharing these positive habits, will definitely try and adopt a few.

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

  • Yes to a wind-down routine! I look forward to it so much!

  • Sometimes on a bad mental health day a massive to do list can be so overwhelming! Instead I try to think about the things I would like to do rather than what I feel like I have to x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • That’s SUCH a good idea, I’ve never thought of it like that before! Thanks for the tip lovely 🙂 definitely going to give that a try x

  • Amy Eade

    I use your two item to do list habit already during the week (although it has to get bigger on a weekend otherwise I’d never get all my DIY done haha but I have more time then anyway). I’ve tried to take the pressure off posting – if I feel like having a day off Instagram I’ll have one! I end up feeling so much more refreshed for it,
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • I can’t believe I used to post twice a day for so long, now I love chatting more on the posts and interacting with other people, I don’t have to post every day if I don’t feel like it! xx

  • I totally agree about long to do lists. Sometimes they can be so stressful! A wind-down routine is such a good idea too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • Sini

    This post really inspirated me! Scrolling my phone before sleeping really made me well bad, so I stopped it. Now I sleep a lot more and feel good!

    • Aw yay! That makes me happy so thank you for the comment Sini x

  • I loved reading this post!! I can completely relate to the forced habit of going online all the time – once you actually sit back and think about it, you realize it’s not going to kill you to take a step back for a little while 🙂
    xxx Lauren

    http://www.laurencarmen.com

    • It’s crazy how much time we spend online! I got one of those apps that measure it but it made me feel so bad I delete it after one day haha x

  • I think taking sometime offline is a great way to make more time for yourself. You could literally spend hours scrolling aimlessy through your phone when you could have been doing something nice for yourself instead! x

    Sinéad | Sinéad Kathryn

    • It’s so easy to fall down a hole with scrolling isn’t it? xx

  • Shannon

    I definitely need to work on my winding down and getting ready for bed routine, I used to be so good when I had to work early in the morning, but somehow fell out of the habit when I got a new job.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • I really would suggest creating a wind down routine that works for you, it’s one of my favourite parts of the day now that I look forward to x

  • Diana Maria

    Yes to being online less and enjoying it more! That has really changed so much for me too, it doesn’t feel like a chore anymore. These are all great tips Natalie, thank you! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • It’s so refreshing isn’t it? It’s great for it to feel fun again! x

  • Love the idea of prioritising the to do list tasks! I also find I sleep better when I don’t scroll through my phone before bed. I’ve also been posting less on Instagram as I was disheartened by the slow growth and sometimes it is nice to have a bit of space from it so that my posts are stronger rather than focusing on quantity.

    • I’m enjoying Instagram so much more now, it feels like less of a chore to post twice everyday and now I just post when I feel like it, it feels so much more genuine x