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5 Little Changes That Transformed My Life: the methods and routines that have made the biggest impact on my life.

We often feel like it’s the big, obvious, pivotal moments or drastic interventions that change our life — but I’m here to tell you that sometimes it’s the little things that can have the biggest impact.

I am always trying out new routines and habits, and over the years these have emerged as the five little changes that have had the biggest impact and helped me transform my life.

Proper Hydration

Did you know that 75% of us are living with chronic mild dehydration? Yikes. And contrary to what Instagram told you, chugging a gallon of water is not the cure.

I got really good at hydrating in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2018 that I read the book Quench and learned about proper hydration. Like the kind that gets deep down into your tissue and has not only physical benefits but cognitive benefits, too! Along with clearer skin and healthier hair/nails, the biggest cognitive changes I’ve experienced thanks to proper hydration are: Thinking faster and more clearly. Being more creative. Having way more energy. Being able to focus longer and more deeply. Having less mood swings.

All of this adds up to being happier and healthier — which is really the basis for any positive changes you want to make. All from a simple switch like hydrating properly.

LEARN MORE: I’d recommend reading the book Quench by Dr. Dana Cohen and Gina Bria. If you want a summary, you can check out my post/podcast, “Creating Hydrating Habits“.

Habit Stacking

Wanna journal every day? Workout 3 times per week? Be more intentional about spending time with your kids? Get better about meal planning?

Creating new habits as an adult is hard. And there’s a reason for that! In a nutshell: the tasks we perform regularly become well-worn ‘paths’ in our brain known as neural pathways. Doing things like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or commuting to work can begin to feel mundane and part of that is this neural pathway doing its job.

When we want to create a new habit or routine, our aging brain can have a hard time creating that new path. But fortunately, we can hack this system by connecting the new habit to an existing habit that is already in a designated spot on that neural superhighway. For example, if you want to journal for 5 minutes each day, try this: “I will journal by the kitchen table for 5 minutes each morning while the coffee brews.” You are already programmed to start making coffee when you walk into the kitchen, so now the coffee pot will become a visual cue to journal, and will be easier for your brain to remember and perform that new habit.

I’ve done this for everything from working out regularly to dry brushing or applying eyelash serum. It works like a charm!

LEARN MORE: I would highly recommend the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. If you want a summary, you can check out my post/podcast “How Habit Stacking Will Change Your Life”.

7 Minute Workouts

Did you know that a short workout can give you many of the same physical and mental benefits as a longer, more arduous workout? In fact, longer workouts can end up having diminishing returns or even stressing your body out.

My life was forever changed when I learned about 7 Minute Workouts — because who doesn’t have the time or stamina for 7 minutes of movement? I use a free app called 7M Workout, and I love the way it coaches you through each exercise. I combine 1 or 2 rounds of this with a short run or long walk for my daily exercise routine.

LEARN MORE: The book Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky has a great section about optimizing exercise. Otherwise, check out the 7M Workout app and you’ll be well on your way.

Cycle Syncing/Tracking

I’ve been Cycle Syncing for the past four or five years. In the simplest of terms: cycle syncing is the process of aligning what you eat, what type of exercise you do, and what type of work you are doing with the four phases of the menstrual cycle, which have an impact on your mood and energy. I couldn’t believe how much this improved my productivity and creativity, but it also had a profound impact on my relationship. Once I started paying closer attention to my cycle, my partner and I could both anticipate my various moods and preferences for everything from food to activities (or movies!).

LEARN MORE: Two of my favorite books on the topic are Womancode by Alissa Vitti and Moody Bitches by Julie Holland. They’ll give you a great intro to cycles and hormones. If you wanna jump right in check out my blog post and free cycle syncing printables.

Holistic Planning

Are you thinking, “What in the world is holistic planning?!” It’s probably not a term you’ve heard much about, but I promise you’ll understand the concept.

Holistic medicine is the practice of treating the whole body — of looking at the whole picture and getting to the root of the problem. Holistic planning is similar. Rather than just creating list after list of all the things you need to get done or accomplish, holistic planning encourages you to prioritize the things that actually make you more productive, motivated, creative, energized, and focused.

For example, you can organize that big project all you want — but if you aren’t hydrated or prioritizing your mental health, the project isn’t likely to succeed. Approaching my productivity from a holistic lens and using a planner that helps me prioritize wellness alongside my work has made a drastic difference in every aspect of my life.

LEARN MORE: Get started with holistic planning by using The Daily Page Planner. It helps organize your to-do list and schedule alongside vital aspects of wellness like hydration, nutrition, sleep, mental health, gratitude, self-care, and more. You can take 10% off your order with the code GETITDONE at checkout. If you’re new to holistic planning, I also recommend checking out my free 2-page guide that explains each section of a holistic planner and how to best utilize it.

Is there a little shift you’ve made that has been really transformational? A tool or method you can’t imagine living without?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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