Put away the screens. If Covid-19 isolation has increased any one thing, it is the time we’ve all spent facing computer, tablet and phone screens (another Zoom meeting, anyone?). With those photons and visual stimulants hitting your eyes and brains, it’s very easy for your senses and neural pathways to get overloaded. Instead of just hoping time away happens, actually schedule no-screen time into your day. Before the workday starts and after a certain time at night (say, 9 p.m.), determine to turn off those screens. You’ll sleep better, and you will give your eyes a much-needed rest.
Schedule more rest. Speaking of rest, you still need it. So, schedule times of rest, especially on the weekends. Set a bedtime for your phone. Don’t eat after 8 p.m. Schedule weekend naps. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier to better match your circadian rhythm to the sun. And make sure all of this is written down somewhere.
Cut the waste. This applies to many areas of life, but going back to that screen time, instead of checking social media for the 25th time today, put a book you’ve been meaning to read on your desk. Each time you’re tempted to pick up your phone for no reason, purpose to read one or two pages of that book. During coffee or lunch breaks, read five to 10 pages. Your brain will love you for it, because instead of pumping in other people’s thoughts and opinions, the book will help you systematically develop some of your own.
And remember, it takes 21 straight days of doing something to develop a true habit. But just a tweak or two to your daily habits, repeated for three weeks, can make a huge difference in your life.