During the first half of the year this year, we have been working through many challenges of life. We have faced these challenges with empathy, positivity and hope. Through our learning, we have come to think about what we can organize now and do now to make our home and our community a better place. For me, I work on one small thing at at time. That small thing compounds to make a big difference. Here is my list of what to organize now for a sense of well being and productivity.
Take one small step to build a routine
I am hearing from people with ADHD how much they want to build a routine. That routine usually means how to start the day. Start with one small addition to existing routines or one general habit that will be a foundation for establishing a routine. The first, best choice is to set a bed time. It is a difficult first choice and worthy of that difficulty. Strategize what time to get ready for bed, how to decrease blue light and device use, and what sets you up for getting a good night’s rest. Track your success to help you know your return on time investment.
Take one step to better health
We’re learning the importance of general good health. One small step to better health will help you feel better physically and emotionally. That might be adding exercise daily, even in the smallest increment, to your schedule. Walk 15 minutes a day, take the stairs, park farther away to walk more or eat more veggies daily are all small ways to a path of better health. There are many small ways to improve your physical and mental well being.
Take time to connect daily
Our busy lives can prevent us from true connection with friends, colleagues and family. We must intentionally schedule time to talk on the phone, write a note or text. This small step brings us immeasurable joy. I’ve shared many conversations with long time friends where we laughed and processed this crazy mixed up time. Give yourself that joy too!
We are literally bombarded with information that is “useful and helpful.” Curate your trusted sources to help you stay balanced and informed. Keep the big picture in mind as you learn new information and process how to use this. I find epidemiologists and virologists to be amazing resources currently and follow them on social media. Determine what is “enough” information and move onto another activity when you feel anxious.
Create an environment of joy
What surrounds you lifts you up. Now is the time to level up your space. That is decluttering first, then using color and decor to bring you joy. There is a lot of home renovation happening, including painting, landscaping and interior decorating. Creating something beautiful when there is discord keeps you engaged and away from all the extra “noise.”
You can make a difference in a special way. It is in thanking a shop person after a purchase, listening to a stranger who had a rough day, talking kindly with customer service when something went wrong or sharing a meal with others. There are many ways to give back. It is in our power to respectfully work with others.
We’re in times of great change. What we can organize now is our spaces, our time and our thoughts. Set yourself up for great positive connections, more productivity and better self care with the Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.