e.g. getting up to pray instead of hitting the 'snooze' button on your alarm for another 15mins rest.
i'm quite bad at this; usually i hit snooze!
giving your journeys an extra 10 - 15 mins so you have time to smile at a stranger or give way to someone while driving.
(o.k. i'm actually usually late but i aim for this!)
thanking God all the time.
it starts as a prayer you say and hope to mean and later becomes a prayer you say and mean.
e.g. this one in the coptic church:
from this website: http://www.agpeya.org
(usually we say it, not chant it when we are at home)-
(i have changed one part of the wording so it makes more sense in english, using a better translation i have heard)
Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.
O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every situation, for all things, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.
But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.
basically it's about doing everything to keep close to God. then we are more aware of God's love and compassion.
about confession; i can't tell you too much (it's personal) but many people confess about once a month; less if they don't live close to their confession father. more if they are going through a difficult time, life personal or work stress.
some people have to move several times with work, and they don't always change their confession father when they change church. none of the priests i have met had any problem with this.
about 90% of the coptic orthodox Christians i have met (from the uk copts) take Holy Communion every week (except women menstruating).
if you look at the early history of all the orthodox churches; chalcedonian and non chalcedonian; they all had frequent Holy Communion, and in many churches it then became less frequent; especially (it seems to me) in the chalcedonian churches. although the ethiopians and eritreans also don't commune as frequently as people in the coptic church.
the most peaceful person i ever met was a priest who said 'thank God, thank God' very quietly all the time he was not actually talking or sleeping. he had incurable cancer and was only in his '50s.
i think there was a link between his continual state of thankfulness and his deep peace.
he radiated peace. everyone in the church said they didn't meet anyone like him before.
if i live another 200 years, i hope to reach this spiritual state!