I’m pretty sure my days would be far less productive without my morning routine.
It helps me start my day off on the right foot, so I thought I’d share some ways a routine can help simplify YOUR life.
Just this year I have fallen in love with routines. They’re the perfect middle ground between a schedule and unstructured time. They give you the freedom to make easy adjustments while keeping things pretty “normal.”
Why not a schedule?
There’s certainly a place for schedules, but some people find them too rigid. Or, if you’re like me, you might just be in a season of life where a set schedule doesn’t work well – like with a baby!
That’s why I like routine so much. It sets a rhythm for the day without being bound by exact times. That being said, were rarely more than an hour or so off day to day.
What is a routine?
A routine is simply an order in which you do things.
For example, a morning routine could look something like this:
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Take care of pets
And a routine for the rest of the morning (with kids) could look something like this:
- Nap while mom does housework
- TV time while mom works
- Outside play
Here’s a video about my routine:
How will a routine simplify my life?
When you get used to a certain routine you can do it almost automatically. It makes it so much easier to keep up with daily tasks.
Furthermore, it simplifies the rhythm of your day – you know pretty much what your day will look like, even with different things going on. It goes easily along with time blocking to simplify your day.
How to Create a Routine
To create a routine, start by listing out the things you’d like to accomplish. Then put them in order.
Then comes the harder part.. Turning it into a habit. But if you follow your list for several days in a row, it becomes easier and easier to stick to.
The power of habit
A lot of experts say it takes at least 21 days for something to become a habit. That’s 3 weeks of going through your routine before it becomes a habit. But you can do it!
You can motivate yourself with a reward at the end of the 21 days, and as a bonus you’ll also have a productive routine in place.
Putting routines in place throughout your day can provide flexible structure, motivated, and a simpler, less stressful life.
So what routine are you going to create first?
If you want some guidance creating a morning routine that really works, then I’d highly suggest Makeover Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. I’ve gone through the course and I just love how practical, full of grace, and easy to apply it is.
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