One of the things I am passionate about is sobriety is was a driving force in which gave me the idea to start this company. In fixing my life I noticed that there was an amazing amount of free time. I had to come up with a schedule that allowed me to be productive and make small accomplishments that I could see and feel the improvements in my life.
Habits that I found that work
Waking up early. I wake up at 4:45 am every morning this habit allowed me to feel like I had a full day to accomplish any goals I have set out for the day. I feel that I haven't missed a moment or that feeling when you sleep in that the day is almost over or has started to pass you by.
I work out 5 days a week first thing in the morning. In the research I have done I found that it helps get the metabolism pumping and you feel more energized throughout the day. I walk my dog for over two miles after that since he and I need to get outside and it is a perfect time to meditate. I can gather my thoughts and create a plan that of what I want to accomplish for the day. Being outside is therapy in itself and it reminds me it will be an amazing day.
I found that as soon as I make some small accomplishments in the day it is so much easier to take on my bigger task. Something as small as setting a bed, doing dishes, picking up clothes lets you see small improvement and complete small tasks. This has been huge for me especially with someone with ADHD.
Goals and Todo List-
To make sure that I stay focused, I do a todo list of everything I want to be done in the day. It allows me to check off each item that I complete and gives me a sense of accomplishment with each checkmark. Anything you want to accomplish in a day put on a note pad, seeing it wrote down allows you to budget your time and accomplish so much.
Time for yourself-
Lastly, make sure you have time for yourself and your hobbies. As a husband, business owner and sales manager making time for those is a priority but making time for yourself has to be one too. If it's video games, reading, or a hobby makes sure that you create that time for yourself. It has done wonders for me and lets me have time to enjoy the things I like and not feel selfish or that I am taking away valuable time from others.
In Conclusion, these are some of the habits that I have found that let me fill the void when I quit drinking. I would love to hear what you have done to fill the void during your recovery because the great thing about addicts and we are all about helping others in achieving sobriety. I would love to hear from you on idea's and tips of activities that you do to help fill the void of time, let me know so we can help others.