The ability to create space in your day can have massive impact on your quality of life.
I can only share this from a place of experience. I used to be the type of person who had a packed schedule with very little “free time.” There was always something to do, someone to see, or another experience to have. I thought having space in my day meant I needed to fill it.
Now I embrace the total opposite thinking. I look for ways to create space in my day, especially if it allows for an opportunity to be quiet or still. I read a great passage from “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” around this – ______________.
I think we learn a lot about ourselves when we take space.
With that said, here are 3 powerful ways to create daily space in your life.
1. Quiet Mornings
Mornings are the perfect opportunity to find space. Especially if you’re an early riser like me. I typically wake up naturally around 4:30am and enjoy an hour or so of silence and solitude. This time with myself is imperative to set the tone for my day. In other words, I’m intentional about the quiet space I create in the morning.
Some common activities for a quite morning:
- Stretching / yoga
- Something creative
Basically, find something that gives you energy which you can do in silence. However, do NOT jump on your phone or a screen (more on that below).
2. Daily Walks
Another way to create space in your day is by taking a walk. This can be a short 10 minute walk or a longer trek, preferably outside. Walking is a powerful way to clear your mind and experience natural health benefits. It also allows you to create space away from your normal micro environments (i.e. home office, kitchen, living room, etc.). I often take walks after lunch (alone) or after dinner with my family.
Some common ways to take walks:
- Early in the morning when the sun rises
- During your lunch break
- After dinner (helpful for digestion)
- With a friend or family member
3. No Screens after Dinner
A third and final way to create daily space is to disconnect from all screens after dinner time. This means no phones, computers, tv screens, and anything else that offers digital media. This is arguably the most powerful way to create space in this list, and something I’ve implemented for years now. It can offer massive peace and balance back into your life.
Why? Because using screens are generally the opposite of creating space. They fill our minds with thoughts that occupy tons of space. Whether you’re watching the news or scrolling your Facebook feed, you’re basically sparking fireworks in your brain. The dopamine and other chemical reactions are igniting feelings of fear, excitement, FOMO, and other powerful emotions. You’re also building more dependency and habit around needing these feelings regularly.
So, take some space instead.
Some common ways to stay off screens:
- Put your phone in another room on silence mode
- Shut down your computer or laptop
- Keep the TV off
Our time after dinner is often used to relax or decompress. So it’s natural to hit the couch and fire up Netflix. But again, that’s not actually relaxing. On the contrary, it’s giving your mind a nasty workout right before bed. So think about ways you can truly relax the mind and body without a screen.
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Listen to a podcast or music
- Watch a fire
You may be surprised at how therapeutic these activities can be.
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Ali is a creator and coach who's passionate about guiding people to their truth. That's a fancy way of saying he wants to help people realize their most authentic life. He's a family man, entrepreneur, conscious technologist, explorer, podcast host and many other things that inspire him to stay curious and learn. He's also a huge advocate for nature, hiking, adventure, testing physical limits and experiencing the natural world.