March begins in just an hour, now. How time flies! Precisely why we need to make full use of every moment we get–every single moment of every single day.
A new month also means new beginnings, although, you really don’t need to wait for a new month or a new year to make a new beginning. You can do it anytime you feel like you need to change.
Some months back, I decided to change my phone habits and a couple days back, my diet. It does feel wonderful, seeing how the changes are affecting my health and my life!
CHANGE IN DIET:
Earlier, my breakfast included a mug of chilled milk with a spoonful of Horlicks. It was something I looked forward to, the moment I woke up. However, it was also something that gave me gas. Yes, milk does that to me….Sigh.
So, to get relief from it, I switched to curd/yoghurt.
Now, curd+banana+raisins+oats (I know, I know..OATS!!?? But, hubby got it for me, so I have to finish the stock, right?) has been my breakfast, ever since.
I have also started having curd+rice for lunch, as opposed to no rice earlier. My lunch, which comprises of chapatis/ragi rotis, sabji, curd-rice, satiates me. No more hunger pangs within two hours of lunch!
The curd keeps me cool, helps with the digestion and I no longer feel like my tummy is a gas chamber!
The live bacteria (pro biotics) in the curd takes good care of my gut health. And, a healthy gut, is a happy me!
Its high protein content ensures I have enough energy to face a busy day.
I deducted rice from dinner, though, which now includes chapatis, sabji/dal, and a huge bowl of salad (cucumber+carrot+tomatoes). Makes me feel full, and yet, not uncomfortably full.
MORAL: It helps having a light dinner!
CHANGE IN PHONE HABITS:
I switch on my phone wifi in the morning at 8.00 to check messages/mail etc and switch it off within 10 minutes. I check it again for few minutes at 11.00 and then keep it switched off till 1.30 pm.
I use the Canva app on my phone to make images for Instagram and Pinterest after lunch for half an hour.
Evenings are usually spent working on laptop, or talking to friends on the phone. So, by 8.00 pm my phone wifi goes off to sleep.
The time I spend on social media has reduced substantially:
INSTAGRAM: 15 MINS. (Set the timer on Instagram and it will remind you when your time’s up).
FACEBOOK: 10 – 15 MINS.
WHATSAPP: 5 MINS. (I’d rather talk than text).
CANVA + PINTEREST: 30 MINS.
GMAIL: 2-3 MINS. (it’s also on my laptop, so makes no sense wasting time there).
Now, I have ample time to indulge in art, reading, blogging and planning.
Also, it saves my eyes from strain.
I have stopped watching TV during lunch time, too. I pay attention to the food in my plate and how good it tastes. TV viewing is for the evenings, for some time. That’s a lot less screen-time, right?
MORAL: Use the phone judiciously and you will have mastered the art of Time Management!
I keep an account of it all and intend to do a follow-up post on how well these changes help me in the long run.
How about you? Have you made any changes lately? How do you feel about it all?