SpringThe beginning of Spring always comes with a renewed sense of hope and a desire for positive change. But usually after a few weeks, you’re back to the same ol’, same ol’. Do something different this time! Stick to all those productive, awesome habits you set up for yourself.

I’ve written before about my extreme granola-ism. Like, I burn incense on a regular basis, the lady at the local juice bar knows “my drink” and I have a meditation gong. My granola game is trill. I know a thing or two about getting to a happy place. So, here are three tips from my very own arsenal of hippy dippyness to get your Spring poppin’ like a real G:

Set goals each week along with reasonable daily to-dos.
I started doing this a few years ago and my stress level and productivity level have an awesome inverse relationship because of it. Each Sunday, I write down my goals for the week. I actually write them down in a notebook. Then each night I map out my to-dos for the next day. For my to-dos I use a beautiful iPhone app called Sooner. (Seriously, it’s gorgeous.) My to-dos all relate to my goals. I slice up my weekly goals into bite-sized actions that I sprinkle throughout the week. I have a stamp that says “Completed” that I use on my weekly goal list if I finish everything. Sounds corny (and it is), but that little stuff helps. Try this next week and see how it feels for you.

Slow down in the morning.
Are you one of those people who is constantly rushing in the morning and by the time you get to your desk at work, you’re a frazzled, furrowed brow mess? Stop being that person. When you start your day like that, you’re setting yourself up to be on the giving and receiving end of more chaotic energy. So how do you slow down in the morning? Probably getting up a little earlier. That might sound like a terrible idea to you right now, but in the long run, it’s very much worth it. If getting up 30 minutes earlier means you can calmly eat breakfast and have a quiet moment to meditate and start your day with purpose, then that’s the move. The point here is to begin your day immersed in creative, productive, purposeful energy. Put it out there. You’ll get it right back to you.

Study your sleeping habits and adjust them accordingly.
Sleep is a beautiful thing. To think that as children we used cry at the thought of it. Man, we were stupid. Anyway, a lack of quality sleep will impact every area of your life. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting too much sleep? (That’s a real thing too, especially if you’re depressed.) Is your mattress properly supporting you? Study all of this like it’s your job. Well, actually it is your job to take of yourself, so yeah. Figure out your optimal sleep situation and make it happen. I am a freak of nature who sleeps in shifts. I like those wee hours of the morning (really late/really early). It’s quiet and peaceful and I feel like those are my peak creative hours. So, I generally go to bed really late, get up a few hours later, like around 6 am and then take a nap in the afternoon. It sounds a bit crazy, but it works for me. Figure out what works for you.
I’m not a doctor, expert or anything like that, just a chick with some ideas. So take my words as mere suggestions. I’d love to hear your ideas though and if you do act on any of these suggestions, I want to hear about it! Holla at me in the comments.

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.

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  • Fit_MissC

    These are some really great suggestions–nice read. Sleep is soooo important. Last year I made it my resolution to get at least 7 hours. I’m now well aware of the optimal time for me to go to bed in order to meet this goal. I’ve even cut off people during phone conversations to tell them I need to go to bed because it’s just that important. Crazy but the results are amazing.

  • Good read. I especially enjoyed the unnecessary hoodness, lol.
    Granola game is trill? Alright then! :-D

  • I love this post. Ugh, I need to work on all three!! I beat myself up everyday because I’m a lazy procrastinator. I swear I still don’t have boobs because my body procrastinating on that too. I read this yesterday and it stuck with me, I need to print it out and post it on my bathroom mirror.

    2 days in a row last month I woke up at 5am, went to the gym, went through my to-do list, and had the best days ever. Then I fell off quick. Life is so much better when you wake up early and get shit done! Everything seems to flow better and you are happier. I tend to wake up late and have to rush, eat breakfast at my desk, the to-do list never gets put off for weeks, I sleep too long. I’m a mess, but I’m trying. Somethings gotta give.

    Thanks!