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From Daily Routines to Daily Habits - Change Your Life with these Little Ideas

You may all get the doubt that, what is the difference between a Routine and a Habit?

A habit is something doing unconsciously, brush your teeth, you drive the car, all these are handled without great effort, but a routine takes a serious effort to make it happen.

Initially, we all should start our routines and then it should change to habits.

 

What is your asset to heritage it ?

The biggest asset you can heritage to your kids is a 'healthy life style'.

As you cannot heritage what you cannot have, in the same way, one should develop a healthy habits to lend down the habits to your kids.


I did some research and got this idea of 4-5-6 formula for a routine to turn to habit..

4 - How to make unfailing habits? 4 steps guide to make a long-lasting habit.

5 - How much time do you really have per day and how to utilize it? On an average, we all have 5 hours per day. Read it below.

6 - Where you need to invest your time? 6 areas you need to get knowledge.


This post only deals with how much time do you have and how to use it?

But I suggest to read this post first - 4-5-6 formula


5 life hours to manage your day:

Everyone has only 24 hours of time. Lets break up into this into ideal case.

We spend 9 hours in office work

We spend 8 hours for sleep

The remaining hours left is 7 hours.

lifehours

Out of which, if we take 2 hours for the mundane tasks, still we left with 5 hours.

I call these 5 hours as LIFE HOURS[May be that is the reason, they say PANCHAPRANA[Pancha - 5. Prana - Life].

Because these 5 hours will change one's life on how you spend it.

My Suggestion to you to Spend your 5 life hours as follows:


These are basic for everyone.

1 hour for Health & Fitness

2 hours for Career & Learning

2 hours for Relationships


Let's start with the 1 hour daily routines/habits for Health & Fitness:


Let's start your day by the following stack of habits [as the first thing after you woke up]

  • Rub your hands -  1m
  • A Small Walk - 5m
  • Stretching Exercises - 5m
  • Surya Namaskar/Gym - 20m
  • Brush your Teeth - 5m
  • Drink 2 glasses of water - 2m
  • Meditation - 10m
If you count the total minutes, it sums up nearly 1 hour.

Why these has been designed in this way?


Rub your hands: After the long sleep, the body and mind still continues in the same state, by rubbing your hands you can ignite your mind.

A Small Walk : This makes the body to energize for the next step.

Stretching Exercises: This makes the blood flow to all the body parts you stretched.

List of Stretching Exercises:
  1. Rotate the head
  2. Stretch the hands to the front, up and keep it down. Repeat
  3. Bend the arm to the shoulder and rotate
  4. Swing the hands to the left and right
  5. Bend down and touch the left and right feet.
  6. Swirl the waist
  7. Bend the leg elbow to the back
  8. Bend the leg and rotate the feet.
If you observe this has touched each of your body part from head to the toes.

Surya Namaskar:
Surya Namaskar will be an extended version for your body. This should align with the first rays of the sun, but not in the intense heat.

Or 

It's Ok to go for Gym or any exercise. you would like to do too.

2 Glasses of Water:
From the whole night, the body didn't get any liquids, so, we need to hydrate the body to function the organs properly.

Visit this link to make a good habit on drinking water.

Since the next steps is little bit involves the heat, it requires to hydrate your body.

Meditation:
After 1 hour of the sun rise, where the sun starts it dense rays, a 10 min meditation under sun will help to take a heat breathes and also you body gets sweat, the way of cleansing the toxins within the body.

2 hours for Career/ & Learning:

1 hour for Career:

With the advent of IT technology, we need to upgrade ourselves.

So, spending 1 hour for your career helps to long live in the field of IT.

Another 1 hour set for your liking.

How not to procrastinate?

Schedule your learning for career at the start of your work. Let's say, spend your first 1 hour of work, on career building.

I suggest to break this 1 hour into small blocks.

15 min for 'upgrade your current skill'
15-30 min for 'to learn the management skills.
15 min for ideas generation. 

If you divide your learning into blocks, you will never procrastinate.

1 hour for personal learning:

I like reading books, learning new things.

I hope 1 hour is very minimal in a day. But be a REAL learner.

REAL - "Read Everyday a Little" to become a learner.

What to Learn?

You should ask yourself a question, what are your interests?
I did like money, health and people. So, I did research daily to know more about it.

Some Tips for learning:
1. Have a separate books on what subjects interest you. Eg., Health, Sleep, Food, Brain etc., Then allocate 10-15 min daily to research on the subject.
2. Reading Books is a hobby, now you have so many ways to read. Spend 15 min daily on listening audible books.
3. Speak and Educate your kids and friends and tell them what you have learnt.
4. If you are a writer, update your statuses or start a blog on what you read.

Simply Spread the Knowledge.

To make it as a Habit:

  • Allot your best time in a day. It may be a early morning or an evening.
  • Find how much you want to spend in learning. From 15 mins to 1 hours.
  • Know what you want to learn[I suggest to break down into subjects].
Now you are ready to make it a habit.

Here is my time allotment for the learning:

Learning Time Allotment


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Read more about,
Foods/Nutrition - Click here
Health, Meditation, Sleep - Click here

2 hours for Relationships:

I hope, in your life, there are very few important people in our life.

Parents
Family 
Friends

Do help your parents, if they are staying with you. 

I will say, how you treat your parents now, the same way your kids will treat you in the future.

Caregiving Tips to your parents:
  • Try to call your parents every day.
  • Allow your kids to speak with them weekly.
  • Yearly do a full body health check up.
  • Engage them in their interested activities.

Spend a quality time with your Family.

Parenting Tips:
The world will change when you become a parent.

I am a parent of two daughters, indeed, I learn from them a lot, how to change myself.

These are some tips I do being a parent,
  • Ask them how it went today?
  • Tell them stories at night.
  • Kids always learn from parents. If you want them to do something, first you should change.
Many tips have added here to be a good parent. Click here - Parenting Tips

Friendly Relationships:
  • Invite them to your home for a lunch/dinner.
  • Shop together.
A call to your friend, once a week. If you have time, visit in-person. A friend is to share.

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment here. A friendly comment will boost me too.

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