September is almost here! Where did the summer go? I don't ever remember summer feeling like it went this quickly, but here we are, with September starting at the end of the week.
It's also bizarre for me because this is the first transition for me from summer to fall where I am not going back to school. In my innate biorhythm that I seem to have for the school year, I feel so weird not going back to school. I should already be back in Baltimore, but - not this year. I'm still in Massachusetts, and I will be for a while.
In a stroke of awesome luck, I finally found a job! I start in the first week of September, which for me is perfect. It'll feel just like I'm going back to school, in a way. I guess the universe worked out that I needed one last summer before the rest of my life started. For that, I'm grateful.
But! Now that I have a job, I need to get myself into great habits to maximize my time. This is the first full-time job that I've ever had, and I want to make sure that I am taking care of myself as I make this transition to ~adult~ life.
September is going to be my experimental habit-forming month. In the past, I've tried to radically change my life to the point where I can't keep up with the changes I'm trying to create and maintain. Instead of taking the maximal approach to life changes, I'm simplifying, editing down the habits I'm trying to create to three.
I. Establish Night Routine
I have to get up early. Like 5:15 am early. To some, that might seem like nothing, but I've been enjoying summer and my ability to sleep in until 8:30 or 9:00 (I can't sleep much later than that anymore #adulthood). The three-hour time jump means that I need to establish a great pre-sleeping routine to ensure that I'm sleeping enough. I know that I need about 7.5 hours of sleep to function like a person the next day, which means that creating the best day for myself means starting the night before. I'm committing myself to organize my things for the next day and to get into bed by 10 pm. I know that by getting everything in order the night before, starting my day will get a whole lot easier.
II. Establish Morning Routine
Like I said, I have to get up at 5:15 am. Well. I don't actually have to get up at 5:15 am. I could get up later. I'm choosing to get up a little earlier to give myself some time to wake up slowly and ease myself into the day. By waking up about 20 minutes earlier, I'm giving myself time to do some yoga to center myself for the day and to spend some time journaling. These are two habits that are kind of non-negotiables for me. I've been establishing this habit of waking up my body and getting in touch with my spirit all summer, even with my later wake-up time. I know how long it takes me to do these exercises (about 20-25 minutes) and so I adjusted my wake-up time for work accordingly. Having this time to myself will help keep me calm and ready to tackle my day, and sacrificing a little bit of sleep (though hopefully not, if my night routine works!) is worth it to me.
III. Eat Three Meals a Day (and Drink More Water)
This might sound odd, but I spent the summer eating the strangest I ever have in my life, and I've done some weird diets. I think I maybe ate one real meal every day and snacked so much. I want to focus on eating three healthy meals every day since my days are going to be long (my commute involves three separate modes of transportation to and from work). I know I'm going to need to fuel myself with more than a random assortment of snacks that I eat over the course of 7 hours. So my last goal for September is to eat healthfully and to eat enough to keep me going over the whole day. A section of this goal, Goal 3.5 if you will, is to drink enough water. I used to be really good at this, but I've let myself slack off. My body doesn't know what slacking off is, so I've just been dehydrated all summer. Life is better when I eat well and drink enough water.
Those are my habits to create in September! Yes, they are complex, and each goal has a couple moving parts, but I think these are the keystone changes that I need to make to maximize my life in the coming month. Are you trying to make any changes in your life for the coming school year or the coming month? Let me know - I would love to talk about it!