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Possessions control our behavior. Behaviors displays character. It is very important to understand the dynamics of possessions and its effects in our life. Possessions change from time to time, but we can classify them into three major aspects  human possessions – possession over certain person(a strong sense of attachment), habitual possessions – possession over few habits or practices(a source of hobby, addiction or passion), and finally material possession – attachment over things (drawing pleasure out of materiel consumption).

People do not address their way of living in terms of these three categories. If you are try to improve your lifestyle and get over a few things to up the experience, a vivid perception over your possessions is necessary.

Human

This is an interesting subject to think about. You can consider the people you already are in relationship with or someone who you want to get close with. Whoever it may be they certainly do have a large influence on how you behave when they are around or not. Honestly, if you feel the person you are trying to establish a connection with is forcing you to alter your natural flow, it might not be the right possession and sub consciously you are forcing yourself to becoming someone else apart form you in order to attain your goal.

Habit

Naturally we are after pleasure of any kind. It is really rare or nearly impossible to find some one who intentionally is after pain. Habits we develop, comes in handy to drive us towards the pleasures. In course we develop good habits, bad habits, hobbies, rituals etc. Categorizing the habits and thoroughly examining if it is progressive or not is essential to decide what is good and not good for your situation.

Material

Material possession influences the way we behave too. If not the term “rich behavior” wont make any sense. Being conscious on your needs and wants is important. Consuming excessively only makes you lost in the unclear thoughts through distraction. Minimalism is something I insist people to follow in order to get started with taking control over their material possessions. Read more on minimalism.

It was way too hard for me to manage to get a decent 6 hours of sleep everyday to make this experiment possible. I had to push myself at work in order to be back at home in my bed at 10.30 pm sharp for my 6 hours sleep cycle. Waking up at 4.30 am bought me 4 hours additional time over what I usually had. I did the above for one week continuously and have shared my results below.

Here are some things that I managed to note down from my daily activity as I woke up really early in the morning:

More time added to the routine –

The obvious fact is that you get to add more hours to you active awake time. This give you a advantage over others, since you have more time naturally you tend perform better and produce more results than others.

It gives you a psychological edge –

You are already awake and engaged in some kind of activity early in the morning while others are sleeping. This, psychologically had an impact in me i.e, I felt like I am already ahead of others.

You can plan your days better

I am a sort of person who would want to plan my days the previous day before I go to sleep. But waking up early helped me finish those personal (blog/exercise/books) tasks at hand very soon and plan for the other tasks efficiently and quickly.

You have more active hours than usual throughout the day-

The days I woke up early were not only long but very much alive. The energy level was very high. I was fresh enough to give an aptitude test before I slept and still managed to score well in it. Really, I am not kidding, I tested this out one day out of curiosity.

You can set a healthy morning routine – 

Of all the perks that I could get, this will definitely be the favorite. As a busy person stuck with so much to do back at work, I usually find it hard to spend an hour in the gym. Waking up early got me this precious time to set my own morning ritual. This was essential for Project 1200. I exercise by going to gym + books (3 hours) and cycling 60km (3 hours) on alternate days.

Arrive office before colleagues do – 

This one is a valuable hack. I get an hour of absolute calmness in my office and can patiently look at the tasks at hand to plan my day better. In fact the preparation part of my work takes some time. The execution is often a streamlined process. I work as a data scientist, and deal with a lot of coding, this quite hour helps me plan my tasks and helps me tackle the challenges well.

Conclusion:

I feel more energetic, smart and alive on days in which I wake up really early.

I have decided to plan my days accordingly that I get 6 hours of sleep from previous night. The time I wake up in the morning depends on the time go to sleep for the previous night.

Following these simple steps weren’t really hard and worked for me well.

What to Do When You Get Up

First, things not to do with your newfound early-morning time: don’t check email, news, social media, blogs. Don’t waste this new time doing the same thing you always do.

Here are some other things that are better, in my experience:

  1. Drink a glass of water. You’re dehydrated from not drinking any water all night. Drink a full glass of water if you can. It’ll make you feel more awake.
  2. Meditate. Even just for 3 minutes. It’s such a great way to start your day — doing nothing, just sitting, and practicing mindful focus.
  3. Write. Or do some other kind of creating.
  4. Exercise. Go for a walk or a run, or do a home workout.
  5. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Either one of these makes the morning better.

Sleeping Earlier – Learning

You can’t just wake up earlier and not sleep earlier. You’ll eventually crash. So here are some tips for getting to sleep earlier:

  1. Set a bedtime of 7-8.5 hours before you want to wake up. So if you’re waking up at 5.30 a.m., go to bed between 10:30-11 p.m. Where you are in that time frame depends on how much sleep you need. Most people need about 7.5-8 hours of sleep, though there are lots of variations. I tend to get about 6.
  2. Create a bedtime ritual. I like to  clean up a little (it’s nice to wake up to a clean house). Then I read myself to sleep.
  3. No computers in bed. That means no laptop, no tablets, no mobile phones. Kindles are OK. No TV either. Just reading.
  4. Exercise helps a lot earlier in the day. It gets your body nice and tired, so you’ll sleep better. Don’t exercise an hour or less before bed, or you’ll be pumped up.
  5. Try this method if you have trouble sleeping: close your eyes and get comfortable, then think of the first thing you did that morning — the very first thing, like turning off your alarm. Then think of the next thing, and so on, replaying your morning in as much detail as possible. I never get to mid-morning.
NOURISHMENT IS BEYOND NUTRITION

Being nourished includes everything that surrounds us and how we connect with nature through our food choices and the exercise we do. It is how we care for it while we cook and eat that makes a difference in how we experience food and other physical activity.

EATING FOR NOURISHMENT

Why are we eating? When we are eating to lose weight, we tend to eat from counting calories perspective and we don’t consider nourishment. What is it about the mindset of losing weight that seems like it should be hard and painful?

The food culture these days is all about pleasure, people get blinded by entertainment over nourishment, but we forget that pleasure is more than what pleases our taste-buds.  We are unique individuals with different bodies. To embrace that is what nourishes us from a life-style perspective.

Instead of eating from the dieting mentality of what I cannot have and should/should not eat, I eat based on what nourishes my body, which is more about how food makes me feel, and for that matter how my mind and soul feel, as well.

HERE SOME SIMPLE HACKS I FOLLOWED TO SHIFT TO NOURISHMENT:
  1. Get your sleep. If there is one thing we know by now about health, it is that sleep is one of the most important factors for anything from inflammation, hormonal balances, weight issues, cravings, and erratic eating habits.
  2. Start the morning with water. Hot water with raw honey is very soothing in the winter and helps boost your immune system, but also gives you that sweetness that we often look for in our breakfast meals. Sweetness also opens up the liver in the morning, which is when you want to “activate” your liver energy, which helps you feels ready for the day instead of sluggish. Most want that cup of coffee to get started, but try water. You might be surprised. Wait to have your caffeine until after you eat.
  3. Eat a good lunch and choose foods that are substantial. For example, if you pick up your lunch and normally get a salad, then change it up with a “salad” that is based on vegetables and with good fats/ proteins from chicken, not just greens. You need a lot of good fiber and fat to feel full. Many under eat at lunch and go for the snacks by 4pm.
  4. Think real food for snacks. One of my favorites is to have egg white or a sandwich, instead of a cookie and tea.
  5. Keep it simple for dinner when you are not at a dinner party. Protein and something green, like vegetables. Dinner is when you want to eat light (half stomach full) so you can get your body ready for sleep and allow your system to recover overnight instead of digesting.
  6. If you cannot get to your normal exercise routines, get outside for walks, cycling. Some fresh air, big breathing and simple movements can hold you over without turning into a sluggish couch-potato.

I additionally learned to resist the impulse to eat fast food when I head out with friends. This keeps me away from taking in too much bad fat/ unwanted calories. These habits came in very handy with my weight cutting diet for Project 1200km.

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