If I were to ask, ‘what’s important to you?’, I think most of us would have no trouble naming at least a few things – ‘family’, ‘friends’ and ‘wellbeing’ are probably right up there.
But in between the big things, the significant moments, is everyday life. And moments still matter, even when you’re just going about your day.
But of course, when we’re busy, we’re just getting on with it. Sometimes so much so that we’re not really living at all. In fact, research from M&S shows 96% of us Brits feel like we spend our lives on autopilot. Something’s got to change.
M&S has launched the #SpendItWell campaign to encourage everyone to appreciate the everyday, to stop living on autopilot and actually live in the moment.
This is such a simple, positive and actionable message. As you know, I’m a big believer in mindfulness, so I love how the campaign sets up to bring a positive consciousness into our lives.
So what’s my role in all this? Well, positive habits don’t form over night, so I’m here to help inspire you to start living in the moment with a series of little tips to help change the rules of your routine.
What we’ll be embarking on won’t be impossible challenges, this campaign isn’t about the big moments, it’s about the little ones. And so the tips I’m sharing are micro tweaks, ways to change the small things we do every day so we have more time for what matters most.
5 little changes
Are you ready to step out of autopilot and start making the most of everyday life? Let’s go…
Give good things an official spot in your routine
Keeping a schedule for chores is very useful, keeping a schedule things you love doing is even better.
Take reading a bedtime story for example, which we do every night with my youngest to the point it’s practically set in stone. It’s a fantastic way to reinforce that those kind of moments happen every day.
Switch off to wake up
If autopilot for you means always staring at your screen, turn off the phone!
Choose somewhere in your life that you’d love to make more time for, be it after dinner or once you’re in bed, then make sure that phones and tablets are banned during that time.
It’s so easy to gravitate towards your phone at the first hint of boredom or because you haven’t had your hourly news fix, but if it’s not there it can give you the nudge and reminder you need to live in the moment and appreciate what’s around you.
Embrace time-saving hacks
Quicker ways of doing routine tasks are all the rage on social media for a reason – if we can get the boring stuff done quicker, we can spend more time enjoying ourselves.
Always be on the look out for ways to save time on things you do a lot, a few minutes here and there really starts to mount up. You can actively search for new ways too. Time saving tips are available online for almost anything, from doing laundry to speeding up the time it takes to get ready for school.
Make a list of the greatest time-sinks in your routine and get researching.
Find joy in everything
Part of being on autopilot means always looking ahead. “Lunch is in two hours.”…”Our holiday is in 2 weeks.”…”We’re moving next year.” We look forward to the things we know make us happy, and do our best to plough through the bits in between.
What if we could find a way to enjoy the moment we’re in? Next time you hear yourself thinking, “just two more hours”, stop and think, how can I enjoy the next two hours? Maybe you’ll put some music on while you work, maybe you’ll stand up and move your task to somewhere else, somewhere fresh.
Break the routine – life is for living.
Say what you mean and mean what you say! We say yes four times a day when we don’t mean it, and the opposite can be just as true.
Next time someone asks something of you and you’re not sure how you want to reply just take even a second of time and a deep breath. Remind yourself what’s important to you and try to align your answers with that.
Live the life you want to live.
Make It Matter Day
I hope you’re feeling excited about this call to #SpendItWell.
It’s going to culminate on Make It Matter Day (1st June) – a national day that aims to help the whole UK focus on what matters most in life.
Check out A Mummy Too on Facebook over the coming weeks for more information about the campaign, and if you’ve recognised something that’s important to you, or have any tips/advice on your own everyday wins then why not leave it in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
Remember to check out @marksandspencer and search for #SpendItWell for more great suggestions and advice.
This is a commissioned post for Marks & Spencer.