“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.”
– Dan Sullivan
Add Routine Movement Into Your Day
Not a fan of the gym? No worries. “People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms,” says Quartz.
“Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it.” Want some examples?
- Start a garden (and tend to it regularly 👨🌾✂️🌳)
- Walk to walk (or anywhere you can!)
- Park a bit further away
- Periodically stand up at your desk or take movement breaks at work
- Get cooking (add music for a kitchen dance party 🕺- bonus!)
How else might you add natural movement into your day? Tell us your tips!
Make a Morning “To-Be” List
Those endless to-do lists are great and all, but have you ever tried writing a to-be list? Instead of listing what you need to do, define how you want to do it. What qualities do you want to have? How can you be your best?
Says Catherine Warrilow, who gave us this week’s routine breakdown: “Because I largely know what tasks I need to prioritize or what new areas I need to explore, a to-be list is really helpful. It’s a reminder of how I want to show up that day.”
Your list could include things like being present on calls, being bold and challenging yourself at a task, or being curious, confident, or focused.
Here’s a post with more details. Give it a try and tell us how to-be lists work out for you.
Catherine Warrilow, Managing Director of daysout.com
As a busy executive and mom of two, Catherine Warrilow uses her mornings to get into the right headspace. She:
- Gets up at 6.30 am and gets the kids ready for school.
- After the school run, goes straight to the park for a walk. “I use my walk as a digital detox before a day of mainly being online… I avoid checking emails or Teams messages before this point otherwise my mind starts whirring!”
- Lets her mind wander while walking. “I only use my phone to make notes but I try to let my mind wander and see where it goes.”
- Writes a quick “to-be” list.
Why it works:
- Walking in nature is a double boost for physical and mental health.
- Mind-wandering helps us solve problems, makes us more creative, and more.
- To-be lists help us tap into our deeper sense of purpose and guide us toward being our best.
What do you think of Catherine’s routine? Are there any elements you’re willing to try in your own? Let us know!