Need Ideas to Pass Time? Spend It Creating New Habits

These days, it’s getting harder to find things to do with any extra time we have in a day. And, there’s only so much Netflix you can watch until you feel like you need to be more productive.

After reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business, it sparked an idea. Perhaps, now is a good time to start redefining old habits you want to get rid of? Or, perhaps it’s time to implement new habits you’ve always wanted to adopt, but didn’t because of lack of time?

Charles Duhigg’s book talks about why habits are formed and how they can be changed. We won’t go into the process of how to change old habits. However, with time saved commuting to work and going out, right now seems like a perfect time to implement new habits. Here are a few examples to spark some ideas.

Have you always wanted to create a Morning Routine?

While you’re working from home, now is a great time to start practicing the implementation of a morning routine. What does a morning routine look like? Anything that can help you start your day on a good note. For example, don’t look at your phone for the first hour of waking up. Take a look outside before diving into emails, social media or the news.

You can also mediate, exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, or drink your morning coffee or tea in peace and quiet. Of course, you will have to create a plan of what your morning routine will look like. Once you figure out your plan, adjust the time you wake up in the morning to accommodate this new schedule.

Do you want to read more?

Many people say they don’t have time to read. While staying at home, try to find time in your schedule (that’s not during working hours) to fit it in. A goal of mine is to read at least one book a month. It’s possible for me because I find time to read at least one chapter a day. If a chapter a day seems like it will take a lot of time, try reading 10 pages a day.

Remember, reading isn’t a race, it’s a marathon. Reading in smaller chunks doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but you will still finish the book. Maybe reading time can be incorporated into your morning routine? The point is, if you want to read, find the time to make it happen now and create a habit you can’t break!

Looking to create healthier eating habits?

Depending on how you look at it, it can be a curse or a blessing to have to make food every day. Me, I love to cook! But, I realize not many people love to cook, or know how. No matter your skill level, while you’re staying at home, now is a great time to learn, and start implementing healthier eating habits.

First, if you don’t know how to cook, now is a great time to research recipes, and teach yourself. Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Pinterest
  • Food Network Kitchen App (search “Food Network Kitchen” in your phone’s app store)
    • If you purchase the premium version, there are step-by-step tutorials and LIVE cooking classes
  • AllRecipes App (Apple or, Android)
  • Instagram (search #food or #newrecipes)

If you know how to cook, maybe you’ve always wanted to try a new recipe. Use the resources above or choose a recipe you have stored in your phone and try it!

If you have always wanted to learn how to meal prep, start practicing now. When you get back to work, you can skip out on going out every day and eat a healthier, homemade lunch.

If you start to create healthy eating habits now, you might be surprised what habits you keep when the stay at home order is lifted.

If you come up with new habits during this time, the idea is to stick to them once we “get back to it”. Implementing habits around your work schedule now, whether you’re currently working from home or not, will help you keep newfound habits you’ve always wanted to have!


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