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30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

Do you ever feel like every day is a VCR rewind of the day before? Tying ourselves down to a daily schedule that never changes can suck all the fun out of living in a hurry. Combat boredom with these 30 ways to add fun to your daily routine.

1. Cut the Clutter

The more distractions cluttering up your life, the harder it will be to add fun to your routine. Clear your desk of clutter and eliminate unnecessary tasks that serve no purpose.

2. Laugh to Your Heart’s Content

If we wake up in a funk, it’s easy to find ourselves in a bummer of a mood that is hard to shake off. Start your day by reading funny comics in your newspaper or watching a quick video on YouTube that puts a smile on your face. Just in case you’re interested, here’s my feel-good-video-of-choice:

3. Change Your Morning Routine

Add a nice splash of variety to your life by switching up your morning routine. Do you usually eat breakfast at the table? Take your breakfast out to the porch and listen to the birds sing. Do you typically start your day by working out at the gym? Take your training outdoors by running sprints on a nature trail or track.

4. Dance Like No One’s Watching

Movement is a wonderful activity that you can enjoy any time for $0. Crank up your favorite 80’s jam and dance in your living room. You might feel silly, but I dare you to try this and tell me it wasn’t fun.

5. Sing in the Shower

Belt out a song from your favorite Broadway musical during your morning shower if you want to instantly feel better.

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6. Go People Watching

I often wonder why people are so interested in television, because I find real life much more fascinating. Pack up your lunch and take it to a bench downtown. Watch the bustling city life unfold and be happy in the fact that you are not alone.

7. Strike Up a Conversation

Talking to strangers might be intimidating but it is so very fulfilling. Strike up a chat with the woman serving you coffee, the family in front of you at the grocery store, or a new co-worker who seems a little shy.

8. Do Something Stupid

Go to the park and happily skip like no one’s watching. Lay down flat on your back in a crowded mall, wait for someone to come see if anything is the matter and explain, “I’m okay, I just felt like resting for a moment.” As silly as this might sound, it is purposeful because it will help you build confidence (plus the look on their face will be priceless!). 

9. Listen to Nature Sounds

Go outside and listen to the crickets chirping, birds singing and wind blowing. Focus really hard and be amazed by the beautiful nature sounds that you’ve been too busy to notice.

10. Join a Club

Are you a new mom, a pet-lover, a gaming enthusiast, or an artist? If so, I can almost guarantee there is a club of people just like you who would be so happy to have you in their life .

11. Reconnect with an Old Friend

When life gets busy, it’s easy to lose touch with even the best of friends. Scan through your contacts until you see a name that makes you think, “I wonder what happened to them?” Call them to re-connect, and if they are local, make plans for next weekend.

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12. Walk It Off

Instead of driving straight home from work, stop at a local park for a quick walk to burn some calories, clear your thoughts, catch some rays, and maybe even see cute ducks.

13. Challenge Yourself

What do you want to be remembered for? Answer that question and challenge yourself to make it happen.

14. Strike a Pose

It is uber important to love your body as it is. To encourage a healthy dose of self-love at the top of your day, go ahead and strike a pose while you’re in front of the mirror. Flex your muscles, pose, smile, and be happy in the wonderful vessel that is you.

15. Become an Expert

Choose a topic that fascinates you and read one article per day about that very thing. If repeated over weeks and months, you’ll be so well-versed in this topic that you could start a Facebook page or blog for the purpose of educating the masses. You will also have a fresh batch of conversation starters for parties and social outings.

16. Make a Difference

Animal shelters, children’s museums, and soup kitchens are always in need of volunteers. Choose an activity that connects with you and fill your time by making the world a better place.

17. Learn a Joke

The workplace can become a place of monotony, so learn a new joke if you want to supply your co-workers with a much-needed laugh during the daily grind. Rehearse your routine on the phone with a close friend if you want to perfect your timing and delivery before aiming for the funny bone in a public setting.

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18. Treat Yourself

To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. When is the last time you treated yourself to a glorious spa or relaxing massage?

19. Drive Away with No Destination in Mind

Have some time to kill? Get in the car and start driving. Explore the back roads that you’ve never ventured to in all the years you’ve been in your city. Go to a neighboring city you haven’t visited and stop at a random restaurant without researching a single thing about it.

20. Take a Class

Feeling active? Take up a yoga or spin class. Feeling artsy? Learn a new craft like stitching, pottery, or painting. If you’d like to increase your confidence and public speaking ability, join an acting class or audition for a community theater production. If you want to learn how to protect yourself, find a self-defense or martial-arts class.

21. Make a Collage

Search through the photos saved to your computer or Facebook account and make a collage with a specific theme in mind. You can doctor up your photos with enhancements and artistic touches for free at Pixlr.

22. Begin a Diary

Who says you ever get too old for a diary? I keep a journal to this day because expressing my thoughts in words helps me cherish my positive memories and deal with my negative ones.

23. Excite Your Palate

Do you eat the same stuff all the time? If so, your poor taste buds are probably bored to tears. Do you usually eat apples and bananas? Swap those out with something new and exciting like mangos, pears, peaches, or plums. Do you usually have plain scrambled eggs in the morning? Upgrade to an omelette that includes mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, and a veggie of your choice (diced tomatoes, chopped onions, and sliced spinach work well if you’re looking for suggestions). 

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24. Change Your Look

How long has your hair been in its current state? Tell your stylist you are ready for change and want to look like a whole new person. Ask them to help you dig through one of those big books of hair styles in the waiting room and suggest styles that would work well with your facial features.

25. Pretend to Be a Tourist

Ask yourself, “If I had a close friend coming into town to visit me and I had 24 hours to make sure they had a heck of a time, where would I take them?” Make a plan to answer that question and then go do all of those things yourself.

26. Explore Your Memory Bank

Take a moment to relax and think about past memories that brought you great joy. Are there any old stomping grounds where you had tons of fun that you haven’t visited in a very long time? If so, go visit those places. When you do, I bet you’ll be flooded with more positive memories that you forgot about until now.

27. Embrace Your Curiosity

A curious mind rarely experiences boredom. Aim to be fascinated by everything that surrounds you. If you can find beauty in the ordinary, you’ll never be bored again.

28. Shake-Up Your Surroundings

It’s easy to become stagnate if our surroundings never change. Try shaking up the layout of your living room to make it more fun and interesting. You could do something as simple as swapping the couch with the recliner, moving your kitchen table to a new angle, or adding some new decorations to your living room.

29. Adopt a Pet

Do you live alone and feel lonely? Adopt a dog from your local shelter if you’d like to have a new companion who will greet you with a burst of excitement every time you walk in the door. If a dog would require more attention than you can muster, a cat might be a better option since felines are as independent as they come.

30. Do Something Different

A person can only do the same exact thing so many times before they get bored. The best way to add fun to your daily routine is to do something different, no matter how big or small, as much as possible. A regular slice of variety will help you stay interested in the daily activity of living. Do you have any fun ideas that you would add to this list? If so, please comment below!

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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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