I relaxed as I quietly sipped my tea, sitting on my favorite chair that faces the window. A bird flew by, and I wondered why all mornings couldn’t be like this.
I woke up an hour earlier than I intended and couldn’t get back to sleep. Might as well take advantage of the quiet!
I started thinking, maybe this was the answer! If I made this one-off day into a routine, maybe, just maybe, I’d have calmer mornings moving forward!
I figured it couldn’t hurt so I started to make getting up earlier a part of my day. I succeeded some days, and failed horribly on others. But I kept at it and soon it was just a part of my regular, normal day.
Whenever you start a new habit, or have a new plan, not only do you put it into action, but you also make it a part of your regular routine.
Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every time without fail and turning into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
We want to be on autopilot. It’s easy to slip into old habits and routines rather than sticking with the new ones. Take your morning routine for example.
We need time to wake up, and start our engines for the day. By making your new plan a routine, it’s a lot easier to just go with it rather than needing to think about what you have to do next.
For example, I never used to wear makeup unless it was a fancy occasion. Now however I make more of an effort to put on makeup in the mornings.
When I started, I would carefully apply each piece of makeup. Now when I wake up I don’t even think I just do it. I’m finished in no time at all because it’s just part of my routine.
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day.
Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed (and I do hope you brush your teeth before bed).
Once you come up with a good working routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit.
Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically.
It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30 minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.
Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen.
I stopped putting makeup on while I was sick and it took about a week after I was better to get back into the habit again. I had several days when I almost forgot about it completely!
The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day.
Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run.
That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next day.
Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption.
If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill.
If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day.
Most importantly get back on track with your regular routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next day if at all possible.
Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.
There are a lot of things we can’t control in life. When daycare germs strike, or water heaters give out, or tropical weather hits, we must adapt and deal with it.
We can however control our actions and we can motivate ourselves to stay on that track.
There are a few things that were helpful to me. First, I taped a piece of paper with a motivational quote to my mirror. I was that person.
Next, I reset my computer background to my “why”. This made me look forward to waking up every day and seeing that background.
The trick is to get back on track ASAP!
Hit me up in the comments to let me know how your new routine is going!