Mindset & Motivation

15 Daily Habits: Kick Start Your Plan for Change

At Compound Dreams we are firm believers in creating good habits that will help to propel us into the people we want to be. Daily habits are often small, easy to create/start and are things we can actively work on. The great thing about daily habits is that you can start them NOW. No waiting, no excuses. Start these changes today.

Change is HARD! We all know that.

Especially when we are trying to change parts of ourselves that have been engraved in us since a very early age. When we are unsuccessful on the big changes, it is extremely discouraging and all too easy to give up, and give in. We fall back into our old selves and our old ways, accepting defeat.

So, start small and work your way to the bigger things.

The success we experience with creating good daily habits will give us the push and motivation we need to keep on changing. Most of all, it gives us the CONFIDENCE because we know that we CAN change.

15 DAILY HABITS TO HELP US WITH CHANGE

  1. Get up Early
  2. Drink Water
  3. Exercise
  4. Set an Intention, Make a Plan
  5. Practice Mindfulness
  6. Practice Gratitude and Appreciation
  7. Complete a Task
  8. Read
  9. Eat Well
  10. Meditate with an Affirmation
  11. Get Outside
  12. Write down your Goals
  13. Check your Finances
  14. Listen to a Podcast
  15. Establish a Bedtime Routine

Here are a list of 15 habits that I worked on making a part of my daily life. I find them all useful and motivating to keep working on change, so I am hoping they will help you too!

  1. Get up Early
    This one wasn’t hard for me to implement because I am naturally an early bird. I am most productive in the morning and almost always wake up with a burst of energy. This wasn’t so much the case when my son was still waking up 3-4 times a night during his first 6 months – but that is a post for another day.

    When you get up early you add an extra few hours in your day. At 2+ hours a day, 14+ hours a week, 56+ hours a month. Think of all you can accomplish in that time? I know this can be a hard one to change and you definitely won’t be able to do it overnight, so start small. Start setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each week until you reach your goal wake time.

  2. Drink 1L of Water in the Morning
    I love to have a big glass of water and lemon first thing in the morning. It feels so good to hydrate. Plus if I reach the goal of 1L first thing, that means I am already half way to my daily goal of 2L (at least 8 glasses). This habit sets the intention of more water throughout the day, and will hopefully lead you to healthier eating as well.

  3. Exercise
    Part of my weight loss plan after having my son included some form of exercise each day – 7 days a week. I have mainly been doing Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. I love her short morning yoga routines, and I always feel amazing when it is done. She also takes the time to help you feel more grounded and set your intention for the day. Which leads me to #4.

  4. Set an Intention, Make a Plan
    Each day, no matter how busy or how uneventful MUST have a plan. Even a lazy Sunday deserves some sort of intention or plan. When you start your day early with a plan in mind, you take control over what you do with your time. Each day is yours to seize. Don’t waste it away.

  5. Practice Mindfulness
    These next two (#5 and #6) are my favourite daily habits, but are the ones that are so often easy to break. You can forget to practice mindfulness so easily as the day goes by, and without it I truly believe we are missing out on experiencing each day as we should be.

    A trick to mindfulness is to literally break down my focus to whatever task I am doing in each moment. If I am washing dishes the thought in my mind is “I am washing dishes. I am putting some soap on the dish scrubber and now I am rinsing the dishes”. Or another example is making the bed. “I am fluffing the pillows, and now I am tucking in the fitted sheet and finishing with the duvet”.

    To be able to experience each moment fully and live in that particular moment, you literally have to only think about what is happening in that present moment. By doing this it controls the thoughts that go through your mind and really keeps you in the present moment. It may sound silly but trust me. It is not always easy, and when you start doing it you really observe how many thoughts go through our minds in any given minute.

    Try it and you will not be disappointed. Now remind yourself to do it continuously throughout the day. It is a tough one, but so effective.

  6. Practice Gratitude & Appreciation
    Gratitude should be a common word in everyones vocabulary. Without it we are unable to open ourselves up to receiving more, and we will never be content with what we have. Gratitude is so powerful, it can completely shift our mindset. It can take us from sad to happy, down to up, disappointment to contentment.

    All of these changes come from a simple practice of gratitude. When we give thanks and appreciation for all that we have, we truly open ourselves up to abundance. The connection between gratitude and mindset is so strong, you don’t want to miss out on all it can do for you.

    Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily HERE

  7. Complete a Task
    We all have that To-Do list of things that need to be done around the house. Organize a drawer, clean the bathroom, organize the fridge, clean the stove. (or maybe this is just my ongoing list. Ha!) Make a point each day to tackle one of theses tasks. Let’s get that big To-Do list done, so you can use your free time for something more productive, like investing your time in learning something new!

  8. Read
    Books, magazines, blogs, online articles, news. Whatever your preference, just make a point to read something each day. Reading will enrich the mind and keep the learning going.

  9. Eat Well
    This one ties in with the exercise. I really do believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mindset. Eat well so you feel better! Just feeling better will help to energize you throughout the day. Don’t get me wrong I have my indulgences (chocolate is my biggest treat) but I make a point to balance my meals through the day. It has been the number one focus through my post pregnancy weight loss plan.

  10. Meditate with an Affirmation
    Take 10-15 minutes in your day to embrace the quiet & calm. Focus on some deep breathing and try hard to clear your mind. It will be challenging especially in a small amount of time, but a small bit of meditation can make a world of a difference. It can really help you recharge throughout the day. I find choosing an affirmation (or a few) to repeat in my mind during the meditation really helps me to reduce my thoughts and improve my focus.


  11. Get Outside
    I know this is not always easy with work schedules and weather, but the fresh air does wonders. It was one thing I re-learned when I first had my son. Fresh air is so helpful for babies. I made a point to get him outside everyday that the weather permitted (sun or snow). A walk helped me to recharge and it helped him to take that last catnap of the day.

  12. Write down your Goals
    If you don’t already have your 1, 3, 5 and 10 year goals list started, get to it! If you already have one, re-visit it EACH DAY. Doing it at the same time each day will make sure it’s a part of your daily routine and you wont forget about it.

    I like to do mine first thing in the morning and at night before bed. I know I am going to be on my phone anyway, so I go into my list and re-draft, add, remove or edit. Seeing that list each day is what motivates me to keep going and working toward becoming the person I need to become. The person who will achieve ALL those written goals, and more.

  13. Check your Finances
    On my journey to Financial Freedom, there are plenty of changes happening with my finances. I need to see my debt going down, my savings going up, my income coming in etc. I like to check my accounts daily so I can stay motivated and focused by the changes happening. I also like to see what promotional offers I can take advantage of to lower interest, or do some investing. I still look to my partner Stan for a lot of financial advice, but as I learn each day I am able to take charge and come up with new ways of investing.

  14. Listen to a Podcast
    I have always enjoyed podcasts on my walks, commute to work or while I am driving. There are so many topics to choose from, but mostly I listen to podcasts that motivate or inspire me. Right now my favourite podcast is “The Life Coach School” by Brooke Castillo. I have listened to almost every episode, twice over. I am a huge fan and her podcast has had a major impact on my life and how I am working toward compounding my dreams.

  15. Establish a Bedtime Routine
    When I began sleep training my son I learned a lot about bedtime routines and how beneficial they are for babies. A form of wind down to cue the brain that bedtime is coming. Some calm and soothing activities will help prepare the baby for sleep. Similarly, we as adults could benefit from a routine before bedtime, to mentally prepare our bodies to rest.

    Check out this great article on establishing a proper bedtime routine! https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/sleep-hygiene/bedtime-routine-for-adults/
    (A few tips include reading & meditation. Two daily habits that are suggested on this blog!)


























6 comments on “15 Daily Habits: Kick Start Your Plan for Change

  1. Stanley Bernard

    Great post Alia, new follower here but I like what you are putting out!

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  3. Great tips thanks, I love the idea of drinking the water straight away and yoga each day. I really have to do the planning and goals stuff 😊

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    • Thank you Kellie. Even a 10 minute yoga session in the morning really helps me start the day in a better way! I look forward to checking out more of your posts. Mindfulness is something that I would love to make a part of my day, but so often need to be reminded of πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you, it’s a bit like that with everything, we need reminders! I think I’ll start the water thing tomorrow, love it πŸ‘Œ

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