Getting into a routine can be really tricky, especially when life is so unpredictable. It’s hard to figure out exactly what a routine should be, or even how to start making it a part of your life. There are so many different routines that you could have, so how can you pick one to start with? Well, I’m a bit of a routine person already, so I’m here to help you out!
Let’s start by looking at some different routines that you could have. A routine isn’t just having one set plan for your entire day. Many people don’t truly have that, as life is very unpredictable and hard to figure out most days. Typically we keep routines to short things, some small that we can actually stick to every day. Lots of people have a morning routine that they stick to, such as taking a shower, getting dressed, putting on makeup, etc. Some people decide that having a consistent workout routine is the better option. You could have a bedtime routine, or even a food routine. It’s something that you think you would benefit from by having a consistent schedule to follow.
How do you figure out when to start a routine for though? Well, I know that having a new resolution or a goal for something helps when picking a routine. If you want to have a more stress-free morning, then having a morning routine would be the best for you. If you want to start eating healthier, then maybe a cooking/dinner routine would be the best. It’s essentially what you think would help your life out the most. You can even have more than one routine if you really want! I know I do.
Finding out what you want to make for a routine is the easy part. Sticking to that routine is much, MUCH harder. It typically takes your body 21 days to make something a habit. That means you have to consistently stick to your routine for 3 weeks before it starts becoming a habit for your body. That’s a really long time, especially if willpower or determination aren’t exactly one of your strengths. What are some ways that we can stick to a routine?
First of all, find something fun to add to your routine. Just a little extra thing that makes you smile or makes you extra excited for your routine that day. Second, try to motivate yourself to continue your routine. Remind yourself of the reasons why you started to help keep that motivation going throughout the first month. Finally, find some encouragement from friends, family, or even a significant other. They can remind you to do your routine on some days, or if you choose a difficult routine, they can encourage you to keep going.
Try to get into a routine this new year. It’s not the easiest thing to start, but once you get going it will slowly become a new habit for you. Routines can really help you create order out of the chaos that typically happens with life. It doesn’t have to be complex, but it should be something that helps your life out tremendously.
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