I’m excited that I’m starting to really get into a solid routine with blog posts – which is what has inspired this post today! Today, we’ll talk about how to get back into a routine, whether because of the holiday season, a sporadic schedule, or just being in a slump. Whatever your reason, many of us are looking to establish a fresh, healthy routine to kick off 2017!
First of all, being out of routine every once in a while is okay. In fact, I would argue it’s a good thing. If we were constantly running the same routine, life would get boring! Sometimes surprises in our schedules are exciting and could be a missed opportunity, if we decide to miss out on them for the sake of our routines. However, routines are definitely beneficial for us to maintain a healthy mind and body, and they also keep us productive and focused! Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve skimped out on your routine, or if you’ve never really bothered to establish one – it’s never too late to start one anew, and that’s why I’m here!
Here are my best tips for starting up a new routine or getting back into an old one. Hope they help!
REFLECT ON WHAT HAS WORKED AND NOT WORKED IN YOUR PAST ROUTINES.
This is essential for you to understand what will make a successful routine for you. What did you enjoy and not enjoy? What took up too much time, or what could be improved?
Not only will this help you to create the ideal routine for you, but it may even uncover what caused you to fall out of your routine in the first place! Maybe an unrealistic block of time caused you to get discouraged, or you were forcing yourself to do something that just burnt you out. For me, I would try to fit way too many things into a morning routine, and it just became unrealistic. Because of this, I never achieved everything I wanted to, and I felt more and more discouraged every morning, until eventually I just neglected to have any routine at all! Knowing this, I was later able to come back and simplify my routine so that it became something that worked FOR me instead of against me!
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR ROUTINE.
Why is it that you want to start a routine or get back into one? Maybe it made you feel more energized, or it organized your time so that you were more productive. Or, maybe the goal for your routine is to achieve something else – whether that be a routine that allows you time to exercise, or a routine that would lead you to achieving better grades. What is the purpose of your routine?
Once you’ve established the goal of your routine, you can align what you need to do during your routine that will help reach this goal. For me, I want to become more serious about my blog and be consistent with my posting, so I have established a routine during the holidays to wake up before my family so that I am distraction-free and can focus on my blog. I’ll have to create another new routine soon once school starts back up!
ALLOW YOURSELF TIME TO ADJUST.
If your new routine doesn’t go quite your way on the first try, don’t become discouraged! Good things take time. Our minds and/or our bodies need to adjust to any change that involves discipline and a change of habit. If you can’t slide full-force into your ideal routine, try taking small steps towards it. For example, start waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until you begin waking up at your goal time. If your routine is one to get you into the habit of studying more often, start by studying smaller sections or for smaller periods of time, slowly working up until you are where you want to be with it!
If you are having trouble and are feeling discouraged, a couple of notes: First, know that you are not alone. Establishing a new routine and getting out of a slump is hard. But you can do it! It takes patience and self-discipline, but if I can do it, trust me – anyone can. Also, a way to combat this discouragement is to keep yourself focused on the end-goal of your routine. If you want better grades, you must work for it. If you want to get fit, you must work for it. If you simply want to find an enjoyable and healthy routine because you want that as your lifestyle, you must work for it. These things will never be handed to you! Keep your eyes on the prize and practice not allowing discouragement to get the best of you.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and, if you were lucky enough to get time off, had a restful break. It’s time for a lot of us to find a routine again, and I think that now is an especially great opportunity to revamp an old routine or start a new habit that is beneficial to us!
Let me know in the comments what your goals are that you are currently working towards – anything at all! As I’ve mentioned a trillion times, I am working on fixing up my blog and have been dedicating a lot of time to doing just that lately.
Happy holidays everyone! Talk to you soon.