Quote of the Day: “The fresh start isn’t a new place, it’s a mindset.”
Happy New Year! We made it… 2020 is officially in the past. I’m so ready for a fresh start and ready to make this year fabulous regardless of whether we’re stuck at home or not. Here are helpful habits that I’ve started in 2021 (the 3 days of it) and hope to continue all throughout.
- Sleep Cycle App
I’ve been using the Sleep Cycle app for over 6 months now and it’s become a huge part of my night and morning routine. This app not only tracks your sleep, but also tracks the stages of your sleep: awake, sleep, and deep sleep. The thing that I really love about it is that there are two alarm settings. The first one is just your classic alarm. You set it to whatever time you want to wake up and that’s when it goes off. The second option allows you to set a range. The alarm will go off when you’re in your lightest sleep in that range and it helps prevent you from waking up and feeling groggy. I personally like setting my alarm from 6:50-7:20 am.
- App Limits
Did you know you can set app limits on your iPhone? I recently just found this out and think it is so great for productivity and if you’re trying to go on social media less. Go to Settings > Screen Time > App Limits and choose whatever apps you want to spend less time on. I set a 50 minute limit on Instagram, so once I hit that 50 minutes, I’m not able to use it for the rest of the day. I don’t always hit the 50 minute limit, but you know I have those days where I get distracted by reels.
This app is AMAZING. It is such a life-changer if you’re into digital organization. It’s described as “the all-in-one workspace for you and your team.” I would definitely say that is an accurate description of the app. You can create calendars, to-do lists, travel plans, projects, trackers, everything on this app! I recently created a recipe page and am obsessed with it. I love organization and this app allows me to organize everything.
This kind of goes along with the app limits, but Downtime is a great way to stop using apps when you want to. You can set a schedule for when you want all (or most) of your apps to stop working. You basically set a schedule for time you want away from the screen. However, you are able to set certain apps to be allowed during that downtime such as calls and texts. My downtime is set from 10:30pm-8:00am. I think this is also a great way to prevent you from scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning.
- Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro technique is a way to increase productivity. It breaks down work into intervals with break time in between. The official technique calls for 25 minutes of work time and 5-10 minutes of break time. You can accomplish anything in 25 minutes and this helps you not get burnt out. You can use this method for any tasks such as homework, job hunting, projects, work, cleaning, etc. Just make sure the 25 minutes are actually focused!
- Large First
Tackle the largest, most intimidating task first. Everyone has that one daunting task they just don’t want to do. Do it first! Then it’s out of the way and you can get on with the day. I know I typically procrastinate the big tasks because I know they’re the hardest or most time-consuming, but I really want to change that habit and knock them down first!
There you have it. Some habits that I’m starting in 2021. So far it’s going pretty well. What are some of your healthy habits?