This week I moved into my lovely new flat in Central London, after a whirlwind year of moving (three times!) and cheffing in over 20 different kitchens! It felt like a great time to reassess my current routines and habits, and see how I could improve them!
I love listening to podcasts, and one thing that many of the motivational speakers and business coaches who I listen to all have to say – is that building good habits is key when it comes to success.
Consistency = results and often we struggle to achieve our goals because our old habits aren’t aligned with where we’re heading – so in essence we are getting in the way of our own progress.
Another lesson commonly shared by very successful people, is that building new habits is a difficult process – so make it as easy for yourself as possible!
MAKE IT EASY TIP: If you want to workout in the morning, leave your gym clothes by the side of your bed. This is a great tip from Craig Ballantyne, who stresses huge importance on starting your day right.
If you start your day running late, skipping breakfast, bailing on your workout – you feel out of control right from the minute you wake up.
I thought I would just share with you a few of the habits I’m trying to build, to improve my day, that might help you too!
Eating a good breakfast
As a foodie, breakfast is something I really look forward to, and so thinking about simple, easy recipes that you can throw together in a matter of minutes is a really important place to start if you’re a notorious breakfast-dodger.
My go-to is Greek Yoghurt with berry compote and granola or toasted seeds (I love Munchy Seeds – so delicious!) and I make berry compote by warming up frozen berries on the hob while the kettle boils for my morning coffee.
You can even go one step further, and prepare your breakfast the night before. An omelette keeps really well in the fridge and you can always reheat it under the grill for a few minutes. More complex recipes like protein pancakes can be batch prepared when you have a spare fifteen minutes in the evening, and the simplest of all breakfasts (in my opinion) is overnight oats!
Simply combine 40-50g of oats in a container, add 2 tbsp of greek (or soy) yoghurt and top up with milk. Stir will and add any toppings like berries, nuts, nut butter etc. Leave in the fridge overnight and by the morning your oats will be soft, creamy and full of flavour.
MAKE IT EASY TIP: Get to grips with quick easy recipes, or prep the night before!
Using an alarm clock instead of my phone.
When my alarm goes off on my phone, I have a terrible habit of keeping my phone in my hand and scrolling through social media for 15-20 minutes. In my head, it’s better than snoozing, but ultimately it’s a waste of time and a terrible way to start the day.
Now, I am trying to use an alternative alarm and leave my phone in the living room so that I have to get up and ready before I check social media, or even worse – emails!
MAKE IT EASY TIP: Get an alarm clock and ditch your phone when you go to bed.
Going for a walk
There is countless support of the benefits of walking, and I find that starting my day with fresh air and space to reflect and think is so powerful. In my line of work, I am constantly in ‘service’ to others, and it’s so easy for me to get online and start solving problems or thinking about the food I need to prepare for a client.
Taking 15-20 minutes entirely to myself enables me to feel in control of my day, and like I’m giving myself the same attention as I give to my clients – putting myself first rather than last.
This tip actually came from my better half (and amazing personal trainer) Mike, who has gotten up early and gone for a walk first thing since I first met him. It works wonders for clarity of focus, self awareness and just a moment of calm in a fast-paced world!
MAKE IT EASY TIP: With Mike in mind – think about having an accountability partner. Whoever you usually message first in the morning, tell them your plan, so that when you message them they can check whether you’ve been for your walk yet!
On the subject of putting yourself first, don’t forget the importance of setting boundaries. I am TERRIBLE at this, and will say yes to everyone else and no to myself almost inevitably.
If somebody needs something ‘urgently’ I am the type of person to drop everything and get it done. It means I am great at keeping clients happy, and always go above and beyond, but I’m also terrible at completing things as I get sidetracked easily by ‘to-do’s’.
This also effects my personal life – whether its making more time for loved ones, or making time to go to the gym – its ensuring you have ‘non-negotiables’ in your life, to make sure you are giving yourself as much as you are giving to others.
My non-negotiables that I’m working on are cutting off work at 7:30pm, and going to the gym when I say I’m going to.
MAKE IT EASY TIP: The same as the last one (notice a theme!) accountability is key. Make sure your family/partner knows your boundaries and cut-off times so they can help you stay on track.
I could go on for an awfully long time on the subject of self improvement and building good habits, but I’ll leave it there for now and hopefully you have some food for thought over the weekend.
Let me know what habits you’re going to work on implementing into your life!
Miss FF xx