Do you ever feel a bit stuck in a rut? We’re all busy and it can be easy to fall into a quite limited routine – the same few things, everyday, just to keep all your plates spinning.
But a little shake up can do us the world of good, and it doesn’t need to be time consuming, nor interrupt the best bits of our finely honed routines.
Spotting the bits of your life you can vary is easy once you get started, and then you can grab the chance to try something new as part of your everyday routine.
Here are some ideas.
Dinner with a difference
Try adding a twist to food at dinner to change things up with minimal effort.
And there’s no need to rush out to the supermarket. It’s likely you already have everything you need to make hundreds of interesting new dishes – it’s all about playing with the combinations.
For example, try adding chopped herbs to your mashed potatoes. serve rice where you’d usually have pasta, or how about adding some jalapeños to your favourite dish. Easy!
School run surprise
The school run is generally the same all term, right? Now’s the time to give it a breath of fresh air.
Try taking a different route home from school and see what you can find. You might stumble across a new park, some pretty parts of your home town you haven’t seen before, or little corner shops you never existed.
We did this recently and discovered a little soft play centre just yards up the road beyond where we’d usually venture to. The kids couldn’t have been more delighted.
Tech free time
It’s perfectly normal for everyone to want to veg out after a long day of nursery/school/work/housework, but it can get boring.
Dare you shake things up by going an evening with your family without screens or technology? What would you do if the TV, consoles, tablets and phones weren’t an option. Get out some cards, some board games, some old photos – grab whatever you fancy and see where it takes you.
Story switch up
If you’re anything like our family, the bedtime routine always includes bedtime stories. It’s a gorgeous part of the day and we all love it.
So how could it be shaken up? Tonight, how about having your child read to YOU at bedtime? Pick a book suitable for their reading level and listen patiently as they work through the text.
We did this last night and absolutely loved it. Miss J tried really hard and put so much intonation and emphasis into the story, it was just beautiful and we’ll definitely be doing it again.
Menu mix up
Visiting a restaurant is usually a bit special in itself, but do you find you’ve started to play it safe and always order the same one or two dishes?
How about making a pact with yourself that the next time you eat out, you’re going to order something off the menu that you’ve either never eaten before, or would never normally eat. Your tastebuds will thank you!
If you had success with your tech-free evening, why not try another evening shake up?
This time, TV is allowed, but you can’t watch any shows or movies made after the eldest member of the household was born.
This might be your chance to show the kids a seventies classic! There might be some resistance, but it will make a great chance from yet another cartoon boxset on repeat!
This one is so obvious, and yet so easy to forget when we’re rushing here and there.
For this little change, try picking a mode of transport you wouldn’t normally take. Use the bus instead of the car, or cycle instead of walk.
I often cab when I need to get to the train station for work, but I caught the bus the other day and ran into a lovely friend I hadn’t seen in months. Good things happen when you step outside the routine just a touch!
On the clock clear out
Another type of rut I regularly fall into is the endless gathering of clutter. It’s often a mystery where it all comes from, and yet I’m often reluctant to part with any of it!
Here’s a little routine tweak you can try to freshen up your home. Set a ten minute timer and find 10 things to either bin or take to the charity shop. You must have 10 items by the time the timer goes off – no ifs, ands or buts!
Just a few minutes could totally refresh your home and make you take the plunge on getting rid of things you’ve been dithering over.
If your shopping trolley tends to look the same week after week, try buying a spice or ingredient from the supermarket you’ve never tried before.
Peer into another shopper’s basket for inspiration if you’re stuck, or wonder into the “world foods” section to see what new tastes you might be able to discover.
Workspace wake up
If you work at a desk all day, chances are you could visualise it with your eyes closed and know where everything is, right down to the very last detail.
Next time you sit down to work, try giving yourself 5-10 minutes to re-organise your desk bits and pieces.
Reposition the monitor, move your stationery pot, reposition your chair, take the glut of pens you’ve acquired back to the stationery cupboard.
Just a few minutes is all you need to refresh your workspace.
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Will you try Emily Crisps? Which multipack are you most looking forward to trying?
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