Habits can be really powerful, taking small but regular actions each day can make massive changes when carried out consistently. Sometimes though we just need to shake things up a bit and do something different. That may be because we need to make things a bit more fun and less boring, it may be that the change of pace will have a bigger impact or it could be because the actions we are taking aren’t actually working for us.
This has happened for me recently without conscious choice. After reading the book, The Nutrient Hunter by The Food Pharmacy, I have been eating differently and without making a conscious effort I’ve lost a few pounds in weight. Just three over the last month but it still counts and it wasn’t the reason for taking action. I attribute it in part to the type of food that I’m now eating but also because my system has had a bit of a shake up.
Prior to reading the book we were in a bit of a food rut. Eating the same foods or types of food week in and week out. Getting this inspiration has changed the foods that I’m using in the kitchen and my system has had a bit of a jolt, luckily back into action. Doing something different is definitely paying off.
I’ve given things in the office a bit of a shake as well as I found that my days were getting too quiet between clients. Now playing a bit of music or putting the radio on for a while as I do my admin has been a huge help in keeping me focused and making the tasks more pleasant.
I often change venue for working when I need to change things as well. The joys of being able to work on a laptop with wifi. I can take my work to another room, occasionally out into the garden or to a local cafe. A change of scene is a great way to shake things up for me.
It can be easy to get into too much of a routine and then the things we enjoy can become repetitive and a little boring but a small tweak here and there can make all the difference.
If you are dieting you may find that you are eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, try having something completely different.
Going to the gym and finding that you aren’t enjoying it as much as when you first signed up? Is there a piece of equipment that you’ve not used yet? Could you go to one of the classes instead of using the machines?
Are you a walker who always takes the same route? Time to look at the map and see what alternatives there are.
How can you shake life up a bit over the coming week? It’s time to do something different. If you aren’t sure what you could do my Introduction to…. personal workshops can be used to get some ideas or a coaching session could help you brainstorm and think outside the box.