It seems like everywhere we look people are talking about the latest and best morning, afternoon, and evening routine. The best way to hone in on your craft, dominate your life, and be the best version of you always seems to come back to who has the strongest routines and habits. And while this may play a large factor in our success it will also allow us to enjoy each day a little more.
Let's dive into why! First, let's take a step back and talk about why routines are important in the first place and the benefits it really has in our lives. Let's quickly look at the opposite side, having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be. By not engaging in things you know would make you feel better like exercise, meditation, journaling, proper nutrition, health care habits, and the list goes on, we actually deprive our body and mind of the energy that these types of positive activities create. The good news is I bet you do have some of these routines already in place without even realizing it. Your morning routine, bedtime routine, or even your family routines are all rituals that you have set up around important daily events that give our life structure and this structure alone helps us live more fully. You might be thinking routine and structure sound restrictive and limit my freedom. This is where I want you to think about your routines, not as rules but as a sacred structure that allows you to execute your entire life with the most ease and flow. Routines help us manage our time, avoid energy leaks, and most importantly time leaks throughout the day. We are all looking for more time in the day. Maximizing our time is where good routines, habits, and rituals come into play. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle What is harder than sticking to a routine? Having no routine! Our success is found in what we do daily, how we manage our day, ourselves and the systems we put in place whether we know it or not. Here are 5 top ways to create better habits right now: 1. Decide what needs to be in your routine, get clear on your goals 2. Time block your day 3. Break up your routines into morning and night 4. Track your progress 5. Be consistent with time
5 Habits that will create more structure and clarity to your day:
1. Wake up at the same time everyday
5. Schedule in other self care routines that are important for your goals
Depending on what your goals are, your habits, routines and rituals will be unique to you. One thing that will always create a healthier, happier life is investing into your own self care routines so you show up as the strongest and most balanced version of you every single day to serve your community at the highest level possible.
Cheers to new routines & new results!