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Routines. We all have them, whether we realize it or not. Some routines are deliberate and some are subconscious.
Some routines have good habits, and others have bad habits.
We have our morning routines of brushing our teeth, washing our faces, working out, journaling, and eating breakfast.
And we have our nighttime routines of showering, taking our medications, meditating, reading a book, and curling up in bed.
Every routine is different because every person is different.
We sometimes go off our routines and we quickly notice something is off because we forgot our morning coffee, or stayed up later than usual the night before.
Routines keep us sane and help us develop good habits that keep us healthy and going from day to day.
Routines are fairly easy to get into if you have the right tools to do so. Just like with anything, the more often you do it, the easier it gets and it becomes a subconscious act.
Tips and Tricks to Creating Routines
Here are some tips and tricks to help you get into a routine and how to keep one going.
- Keep it simple
- Your routines do not have to be some elaborate three-page list of every tiny detail. They can be as simple as five things to do every morning and night. Maybe even just a couple things that you do. Everybody is different and functions best doing different things. So try a few things or try a lot. Try to create the right routine for yourself that will help you live a successful and healthy day-to-day life.
- Make it realistic
- Do not go into starting a routine by saying you will workout two hours every single day, eat these specific foods every week, read all these chapters in a book, have a ten-step skincare routine, and write ten pages in your journal every night. It’s not gonna happen. Not unless you are just that in control and can do whatever you put your mind to. Like I said before, keep it simple. Make your routine something you will actually stick to daily so that you can actually create a steady routine. If you try too much all at once, you will set yourself up for failure.
- Start slow
- If you want to add five new steps to your morning and night routines, try just adding one at a time. Or choose the easiest to accomplish to start with. Start small and work your up to a full routine. You’ll find it easier to stick to it and make it work. and this way you can try things out here and there and see if they work.
- Change it up
- If something isn’t working for you change it. If working out in the mornings isn’t working, then try doing it in the afternoon or evening. If you prefer to journal when you first wake up rather than at night, change it. Don’t afraid to mix it up and try different things.
- Set goals and know why
- Do you have a goal to workout every day? Or maybe you want to have better skin. Take some time to think about what you want and why you want it. Knowing why you want what you are going for will make it easier to have the motivation to do it every day. It also helps to just have a goal that you are trying to achieve rather than just some random things on a to-do list.
- Stay consistent
- No matter what you do while starting a routine, the most important part is to be consistent. You want to do the same things every day and preferably at the same time every day. This will help to create the habit of doing it and make it easier to have a set routine. Your body and mind will automatically associate the time of day with the task and eventually, it will be second nature.
These are just a few things that can help you create and keep a daily routine both morning and night.
Things to Add to Your Routines
Now here are some things that you can add to your lists every day to get you started. You can try one or two or try them all. It’s all up to you and what works for you.
- What time do you want to wake up and go to bed
- Spend some time saying or writing our positive affirmations
- Write in a gratitude journal
- Write in a general journal
- Write out a to-do list every morning or night
- Eat your meals at a certain time every day
- Brush your teeth morning and night
- Have a set skincare routine
- Pick out an outfit at night for the next day
- Do your makeup every morning
- Exercise when you first get up
- Go for a walk in the evenings after dinner
- Don’t check your phone until your morning routine is done
- Read a book at night to wind down
- Take a bath or shower at night to relax before bed
- Pack your lunch the night before so it’s ready the next day
- Run the dishwasher every night before bed
- Pick up the house in the evening after dinner
- Feed your pets at the same time every day
- Meditate every night before bed
I recommend making a written list and keeping it somewhere you can see easily. You can even write one down on your phone so you can carry it with you.
Making a physical list at the beginning of starting your routine will help you remember what you want to do and when to do it.
Sometimes it also helps to have something to check off. It has a kind of satisfying feel to it to be able to cross things off a list as you go.
After a while you won’t even need the list anymore, you will just do it.
Don’t push the routine. If it’s just not working, try to change it to make it work better. Try different timing or different activities that work best for you personally.
Everyone’s lists are going to be different and what works for you will not work for me or for your best friend.
Have fun making your routines and stick to them! You got this.