The changing of the seasons is a natural time for our bodies, minds, and brains to make changes as our physical world starts to change. Right now, we are preparing for fall, which happens to be my favorite season. And also, is a prime time to start making those changes you’ve been putting off!
The air is getting cooler, days are getting shorter, kids are returning to school, and our routines also need to shift, matching the changing weather and time commitments in our lives.
As your physical world starts shifting with seasonal changes you can make the most of this opportunity to align the natural seasonal changes with changes you’d like to make in your life.
The habits and routines you developed during the lazy days of summer (if there really is such a thing) have to change because it’s colder, there are less hours of daylight, and your schedule may shift due to other time commitments. Getting the kids to school and their extracurricular activities; work commitments; finding time for family and friends; and simply spending your time doing more things inside. So, as you move into fall creating new habits and routines, why not do so in an intentional way?
This shift in seasons may seems overwhelming. But seasonal changes don’t have to be a bad thing even though they can feel like it. In fact, they are the perfect opportunity for change and self-improvement in your life. Using the season’s natural flow of time to create new habits that will align with how you want your life to look during this changing season, and beyond is quite easy and very effective.
Below are three key ways you can begin to make changes in your life, aligned with the upcoming season that, are easy and sustainable.
We are creatures of habit, and our habits are what make or break our day to day lives and influence how far we get in meeting our goals. So, as you begin to look towards fall it will be very useful to think about your goals as well as habits you’d like to change. Then create a plan for developing new habits that support your meeting goals that help you create your best life.
Create goals. Each season I like to look at my long term and short-term goals. I have goals for my work, my family, my health, and my finances. Some goals are long term (5-10 years) and some are shorter (6 months to a year). For more on how I do this, check out this past blog post.
While it may seem overwhelming to create long term goals, it’s essential because your goals are rooted in what you truly value and the direction you want your life to go now and in the future.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
Without goals, you spend your days moving through time without a sense of purpose. Lack of purpose leads to lack of motivation and commitment. Having a solid idea of your long-term goals keeps things in perspective for you and keeps you motivated to move forward.
Make your goals manageable. Develop a plan for how you are going to work on your long term and short-term goals, each week. To see the system I designed, feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly share it with you.
At the beginning of each week, I review my weekly plan which shows what my goals are and how much time I devoted to each in the previous week. This helps me see patterns in how I spent my time and make adjustments to my goals (updating them as needed) and from there-I move into my new weekly plan. Then it’s on to my calendar.
Schedule How You Spend Your Time. You want your days to reflect who you are, what you value and to be focused on your goals-so you’re creating your best life possible. The only way I have found to do this, is to be intentional in how I spend my time each day.
Every Saturday or Sunday, I look at the week ahead and block out time to make sure I’m focused and spending my time on the things that are most important to me reaching my short-term and long-term goals. Time blocking ensures that I’m incorporating selfcare into my days so I feel refreshed and have the energy to get through very busy days! It also ensures that I’m doing the most important things each and every day. I always make sure to get one thing done on my to do list (the one I least want to do) before the sun comes up!
Create a Morning Routine. There are more times than not when we are excited about creating new habits in our life that will no doubt lead to us having the best life possible! Yet, study after study shows how it is incredibly hard to sustain a new habit when the excitement and newness of it has worn off. This is where routines come in and they are lifesavers!
Your morning sets up the rest of the day for you. How you start your morning influences the rest of your day. Are your mornings calm and relaxing? Or do you wake up ten minutes late and spend the rest of the day trying to catch up on texts, emails, and calls?
Starting your day with time to reflect, move your body, and learn something new has amazing benefits to your day and entire life! In order to do this, you need to make time in the morning where you can do these things in an intentional and un-rushed way.
Creating a morning routine that is aligned with your goals where you have adequate time to yourself before your day begins is absolutely essential.
Routines of any kind (including morning routines) are so great, because when we lose motivation and don’t want to do things that we have committed to, we can turn to our routines to keep us grounded and moving forward. Having a morning routine that you do without thought-because you have done it day in and day out, keeps you motivated. For more information on how to set up a morning routine, visit my blog post here.
The seasonal changes that are occurring in nature mirror the natural rhythms inside our bodies and brains as well. The feelings we get from seasonal changes can be both physical (like feeling more energetic or lethargic) but also mental too. Taking advantage of the change in your routines and habits to create new ones outlined here will help you create new habits and routines that are sustainable.
The change of seasons from summer to fall is the perfect time to start creating your best life. Make this fall and every season after, your best season yet!