How to Create Routines in Your Life

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“What you do everyday matters more than what you do every once in a while”
- Gretchen Rubin

Are you looking for a little more stability and ease in your life? I know I am always looking for ways to to help my day run more smoothly.  Especially since having kids. In looking back, I would have benefited greatly from having more of a daily routine even before I became a mother.  I have found that sticking to a daily routine has created space for more of the stability and ease I was looking for.

Having a routine has helped me become more productive, take better care of myself, stay more organized and routines have also helped me be more consistent.  Something I have struggled with from time to time.  Any of you relate?

When I incorporate habits and activities that make up my bigger routine, I feel lot more stable and grounded in my life.

I believe a that creating a routine with intention can bring us greater clarity, direction and fulfillment in our lives.  If we make a conscious effort to add activities into our routines that nourish our minds, bodies and souls we are less likely to get burnt out, bored or stuck in negative patterns.

I think everyone, can benefit from having a daily routine in their lives.  It can be as little or as big as you want it.  It can change whenever you want it to. This is your routine.  It is meant to serve as something to help you get through your days with more grace and ease.  

Has what I shared, got you thinking that you are wanting to create a daily routine for yourself?  Not sure where to start?  I’ve got that covered.  Here I share some steps with you that will help you create a kickass routine.  

Step One: Choose the Routine Type

First decide which type of routine you are trying to create in your life.  Is it morning,night, afternoon…? Most people tend to start with a morning routine because mornings can be a bit of a struggle for many. I started a morning routine way back when my oldest(now 14) was in preschool.  My mornings were an absolute shit show.  Creating a morning routine, gave me some time to myself, less raising of my voice and rushing around.   However,  for some, you may want to start a night time routine which is helpful if you want to stop staying up too late and need to some help winding down.  Over time, you may incorporate a morning and night routine.  Again, whatever serves you best.

Step Two: Find your Motivator

Think about why starting a morning routine is important to you.  What’s your motive?  Why are you trying to create a routine?  Is it because everyone else says how important it is?  Or maybe you want to stop rushing around throughout your day or staying up way too late. Or perhaps you are ready are tired of feeling like you are running on empty.  It’s important to get clear on the reason you are wanting to start a routine, it will help you give you more motivation to make it happen.

Step Three: Switch up you current routine

Think about your current routine and what you do on a daily basis.  Is there anything you could spend less time doing or remove completely?  Maybe you are spending too much time scrolling on your phone, stop hitting snooze on your alarm or spend less time zoning out on TV.  You should also keep in mind the things you need to do on a daily basis, regardless of whether you like them or not.  Things such as choosing what to wear, eating breakfast, making kids lunches.

Step Four: Add some joy

Think about what you would love to add to your current routine.   Maybe it is exercising in the morning.  Making a smoothie. Journaling before bed. Know what makes you feel good. Make a list of 8-10 things you would LOVE to add.  Then narrow that list down to 3-5 things. And start sprinkling them in.  You can always go back and remove and add things as you are feeling like you need a little change.  

Step Five: Map it out

Write down what your ideal routine looks like with all the things you need to do and the things you want to do.  From there, put things into an order that makes sense for you. Think about how much time you would like to give to each activity or habit.  Important thing to remember here is not to overcommit yourself because this will only make it harder to follow through with your routine. Start small and add on if you see fit.

Step 6:  Time to give it a test drive!

You’ve got it all planned out, so now it’s time to try it out.  You might want to write down your new routine or pop it in your calendar. Keep it in sight so you will be reminded of your intention.  Try it out and see if it works for you. You won’t know unless you try!  Remember this is your routine, you can adjust and tweak as many times as you would like until it feels good.  It’s new, so it will take time to get used to it.  Don’t give up right away if it’s not sticking.  You’ve so got this!!!

I hope what I have shared here  has given you a little  inspiration to create more intentional routines in your life.  I encourage you to bring awareness to the routines in you currently have.  Have are those working for you?  I invite you to make healthy, mind, body, soul nourishing tweaks to your routine as often as you can.

Be well,

Meegan