Creating more structure

 

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More order and structure in your life will improve the quality of your life and you will have time to fit in quiet reflective time for you.

Deciding what time you will go to bed and what time you will get up is an important part of bringing more structure into your life. It’s all too easy to sit on in front of the TV flicking from one channel to another or continuing to watch some programme even though it’s not of real interest to you.

You get so much more relaxation and space from turning off the TV or deciding to have a TV-free evening. Listening to uplifting music has such a calming effect and while you do that you could read or journal, be more present in the moment. You could think about goals you want to set for yourself and how you will go about achieving them. This can be a good time to plan for the next day so that you are in charge and making time for what you want to get done and fitted in.

Planning for meals can be, not only a time saver, but also mean you prepare the kind of nutritious meals you want. When you have no plan or a vague one, you are more likely to fall back on the foods that are less nutritious just to fill the gap.

Making a clear choice about screen time is another matter to include as you aim to bring more order and structure into your day and week. Computers can eat time up and certainly don’t leave you rested and prepared for sleep. It’s good to decide on the time you will close down your screen for the evening and be very definite about this. It’s also good to decide how much time you will give to social media, surfing the net or emails.

Time can be eaten up with TV and other screens – with busy-ness generally, leaving no time for quiet and inner, reflective space.

One of the best decisions I ever made in creating more order in my life was to get up earlier and have a silent hour to start my day – including in that time, meditation, journaling and Spiritual reading.