7 New Habits to Start this Spring
Yesterday officially marked the first day of spring! Ooh I just love this time of year. Daylight sticks around a little longer, making it possible for us to take extra long evening walks; the weather is getting warmer, but it’s not that hot, humid air yet; and all the plants decide to wake up from their winter nap. Even though flowers started blooming a few weeks ago here in North Carolina, the first day of spring is something special. It’s another reminder that fresh starts happen constantly throughout the year…not just at the very beginning!
If you’ve been struggling to get motivated so far this year, this is your friendly reminder that you are doing just fine! Running a small business alone is no small feat, so give yourself some grace. But, if you’re ready to buckle down and start getting back into the swing of things, then you’re going to love this post today!
They say it takes 40 days to start a habit, so let’s take the next 40 days to implement some really great habits that will help you get into a good routine and to stay productive.
1. Wake Up the Same Time Every Morning
Yes, this even includes the weekends. This one can be a struggle, especially if you have young kids, but if you can really stick with it, it is going to be an amazing game changer for you. Waking up around the same time everyday has a lot of great benefits. Not only are you sticking to a consistent schedule, but waking up at the same time helps you to feel more rested and energetic throughout the day. More energy means your productivity will improve drastically. It also provides a lot of physical health benefits, such as helping you to sleep better throughout the night, reduces your caffeine dependence, and it reinforces your circadian rhythm (leading to better digestive health). Waking up the same time everyday will help you feel more refreshed, more productive, and will overall help you to have a better day!
2. Spend 5-10 minutes cleaning one room of your house each day
Tell me if you relate to this: you have dozens of tiny messes piled up in your house, things need to get wiped down, and you can’t even remember the last time you took a mop to the floors in your kitchen. Maintaining a clean house on top of running a business, taking care of your kids, and running errands all day is terribly overwhelming. Your house sits on the back burner until you can finally find some time to get it picked up, and by then, you’re so exhausted you tell yourself it can wait until tomorrow. We’ve all been there, and the truth is that tomorrow never comes.
If you’re anything like me, tiny messes around the house can give you serious anxiety. When you feel anxious about your house, you can’t focus properly on your work. You spend the day with a million things bouncing around in your head and you barely scratch anything off that “To-Do” list. By breaking down the cleaning tasks and cleaning just one room in your house each day, you keep your house clean without getting too overwhelmed.
3. Take 5 Minutes and Plan Your Week’s Worth of Pinterest Content
This is one of the easiest habits you can start on this list! Pinterest is an incredible tool that can help increase traffic to your website. If it’s used effectively, it can end up being your top website referrer (I know it is for me!). Part of effectively using Pinterest is getting your pins out into the world for others to share and consistently pinning other people’s content.
I currently have my Pinterest content planned out and scheduled for the next two weeks, and it only took me about 5 minutes to do it (yes, seriously!). Using the Tailwind app, I am able to consistently pin during peak times throughout the day and get more visibility for my pins. Using this app has been a game changer for my business, and you should definitely give it a try! If you use my special link, you can get one month FREE of Tailwind!
4. Do One Load of Laundry Every Day
In my opinion, this is one of the BEST habits to start on this list. Laundry is overwhelming and can end up being pretty paralyzing if it’s not kept up with. This is especially true if there are multiple people in your house. By committing to one load of laundry every day (or every other day), you will keep that laundry pile down and prevent it from becoming paralyzing. This includes washing, drying AND folding it! Leaving it in the dryer for a week does not count and will only add more to your stress! (Clearly that’s NEVER been done at the Moore household before…) Take it from me: complete one full load of laundry once a day and you will be SO thankful you started this habit!
5. Double Check your Bookkeeping Once a Week
This is an excellent habit to start this spring! Pick one day a week (I recommend a Friday or Monday) to go over your finances and make sure that every income and expense is recorded. If you start double checking your weekly spending for your business, then there’s a good chance you’ll be able to spot inconsistencies or issues. If you wait to do, you’ll be more likely to miss important deductions or income that you made. It only takes a few minutes to check, and you will be SO happy you started this habit!
6. Take 10 minutes a Day to Write a Blog Post (Or part of a blog post)
Blogging is hard work. Blogging consistently is even harder. If you’re wanting to blog more, but struggling to find the time, this is one habit you can start TODAY and get back to blogging consistently once a week.
Every day, give up some social media scrolling in order to take just 10 minutes to sit down and focus on writing a blog post. You can take that time to brainstorm post ideas, title names, come up with a list (like this blog post), use Blogstomp to get pictures from your photo sessions blog-ready, or write a paragraph. If you commit to doing this every day, by the end of the week, you’ll have a ready-to-go blog post, and it won’t feel like you HAD to find time somewhere in your day to write it!
Don’t believe there’s enough time to do this? Turn on your phone’s screen time updates and you’ll realize just how much time a week you are spending scrolling through social media! Trust me, you have the time somewhere (even if you break it into two 5-minute sessions per day), so just commit to it and you’ll be back to consistently blogging in no time!
If you head to this post here, you can find some great blogging ideas that will keep your audience coming back for more!
7. Write Tomorrow’s Instagram/Facebook Content Today
If you don’t have enough time in your day to write out all of your Instagram content for an entire week, try this new habit that is going to save you a lot of frustration! One of the best times to post is in the morning when people are on their way to work, so instead of trying to write that Instagram post while driving your kids on the way to school, go ahead and take 3 minutes to write it the day before. Figure out which image you want to post with your content, and then plug it into a scheduler.
I use Planoly to schedule posts. It’s a free app you can download on your phone. If you want to upgrade to be able to schedule more content, you can pay a small fee, but the free version works just fine and allows up to 30 posts per month.
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