If you have the means or ability to secure the 'The Liturgical Year', or at least Lent, Volume 5 of that work, it is well worth the time you will spend reading it. In the chapter 'Practice During Lent', Gueranger writes,
'There is one means more whereby we are to secure to ourselves the great graces of Lent; it is the spirit of retirement and separation from the world. Our ordinary life, such as it is during the rest of the year, should all be made to pay tribute to the holy season of penance; otherwise, the salutary impression produced on us by the holy ceremony of Ash Wednesday will soon be effaced.'
A blessed Lent to you.