You set goals like “I should exercise more” or “I’d like to learn the piano” or “I should really organize the hall closet” and you plan and plan and plan….. and never do. All this thinking about stuff you should do can be very stressful and in most cases its not productive at all. So I’ve compiled an easy acronym for a productive non-stressful day. Whether you power through all of these in half an hour or spread them out throughout the day, you should feel more accomplished if you can allot time (no matter how small) to each category.
S – Spiritual Mindfulness
Spiritual self reflection and meditation reduces stress, improves sleep, increases positive thinking, and clears the mind. So why don’t we do it? Probably because it’s not a habit nor the priority it should be. Let’s start including it in our daily routine. Just 5 minutes can make a world of difference.
Some examples: mediate, journal, read the Bible (or your religious book of choice), do some yoga, pray, listen to calming music, etc.
P – Productive Projects
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Spend 5-20 minutes simply tackling a project you’ve been meaning to get to.
Some examples: Organize the junk drawer in the kitchen, fix that leaky faucet, download all those pictures off your phone, write a couple pages of that book you’re working on, go weed the garden, knock one thing off your to-do list, etc.
E – Exercise & Stretching
Exercise can reduce stress, improve health, and prevent injury. So why don’t we do it everyday? Try to spend 5-30 minutes everyday moving. Surely you can find 5 minutes. If you’re sore from a previous workout, spend your 5-15 minutes stretching those sore muscles.
Some examples: Go for a walk, try a workout DVD, do some yoga, play a dance video game, follow along to a zumba routine on youtube, see how many situps and pushups you can do in a given time limit, etc.
L – Learn Something
Though we’re past school age, we should continue to learn and use our mind! There are many skills that we would like to hone, but feel like there isn’t the time. Pick one or two skills you would like to develop and tackle them a little bit everyday. If you spend 5 minutes a day on them, that’s over 30 hours a year!
Some examples: learn a new language, learn how to play an instrument, learn how to draw, learn how to code, etc.
Helpful smartphone apps: MindSnacks (for languages), Rosetta Stone (for languages), Udemy (for code), Lightbot (for code), Drawing Desk (for practicing drawing), Beginner Guitar Songs (for learning guitar), Peak (general brain training)
L – Live, Laugh, Love
Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Joy, laughter, and friendship is some of the best medicine when your day is stressing you out.
Some examples: play a game, laugh, hang out with friends, call your bff, hug someone, watch silly internet videos, read a good book, etc.
So there you go! Try everyday this week to S.P.E.L.L. then let me know how it worked for you! Do you have any smartphone apps you would suggest for these categories? If you post about it on social media, include the hashtag #spelleveryday.
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