We All Have Routines, but are your Habits Benefiting you?
When it comes to routines, we all have them.
- Get up at the same time each morning.
- Eat breakfast and lunch at the same time each day.
- Check email after you get out of bed and before you go to bed.
- Watch TV for a certain amount of time every night to decompress from your day.
Routines can be beneficial, but they can also cause you to feel stuck. Or, cause you to unnecessarily struggle when your routine is not benefiting you.
In this article, you will find six ways to help you change your routine.
How Can Changing your Routine Help You?
Changing your routine can help you break out of your funk and find new ways to approach old problems. It can also help you discover new passions and interests.
When you’re constantly doing the same things, you tend to get stuck in a rut. But by shaking up your routine, you create space to welcome new ideas to improve your routine. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you successfully change your routine.
Tips to Help You be Successful
1) Get curious.
We all have habits that we would like to change, but it can be difficult to identify the specific factors that contribute to our bad habits. As you get curious about your regular habits, be sure to do so without judgment. This is simply an exercise in taking stalk in what you do; it is not a time to get mad at yourself.
To help you be successful in changing your routines, it’s important to be aware of the trends in your habits. By taking a closer look at your daily routine, you can start to see patterns that might be preventing you from making progress and achieving your goals.
As you know, there are a lot of things that we do without consciously thinking about it. For example, going to bed at the same time every night or checking your phone immediately when you wake up.
These subconscious habits can be helpful in some ways, but they can also be harmful because they can lead to stagnation or regression. By creating awareness of them, it can help you to identify the areas to improve. And, possible help you form ideas for creating new habits to help change your routine.
To get started, list out all of the things you do on a daily basis.
Once you have a comprehensive list, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the tasks that I really don’t enjoy doing, but I do them anyway?
- What are the activities that I could easily delegate to someone else?
- What are the things that I do without thinking about them, but aren’t helping me to reach my goals? (Think busy tasks that don’t actually move the needle forward)
- What could I be doing instead of these things?
2) Dream list.
Make a list of things that you would like to do. It can be anything, from trying a new hobby to traveling to a new place. This list is to help you dream about where you’d like to be in the future to ensure your routine includes steps to get your closer to your dreams.
Many people never take any steps at all, let alone the necessary steps, toward their dreams. They get bogged down in the day-to-day responsibilities of life and never allow themselves to think about what they really want out of life. They never give themselves a chance to dream.
If you want to achieve your dreams, you have to take action. You have to start moving toward them, even if it’s just a small step at first. Every journey begins with a single step, and if you keep taking steps toward your dreams, you’ll eventually reach them.
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”Rob Siltanen
3) Break the cycle.
Habits are often hard to break, but they can also be hard to start. That’s because they’re usually based on something that we’ve done many times before. And, as we all know, repetition can be a powerful thing.
Now that you have figured out what habits you do on a daily basis, you can work replacing old habits with new ones. This will take time and effort, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.
Here are some ideas to help you swap habits:
- Cut back on scrolling through social media and use that time to stretch, do yoga, or meditate.
- Instead of picking up your phone first thing in the morning, reach for a journal and write down three gratitudes or make a list of things you’d like to manifest in your life.
- Ditch TV one night a week and spend that time learning a new hobby or focus on creating a new habit.
As you think about ways you can break the cycle, don’t think you need to do everything all at once. It’s important to keep your changes small.
4) Small steps.
If you’re not taking any steps toward your dreams, you’re doing yourself a disservice. However, trying to do too much at once can be overwhelming and cause you to give up prematurely. Therefore, it is best to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps.
That may be easier said than done. It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to making changes in your life. It’s tempting to try to do too much, or to set your goals too high, and then give up when you don’t meet them. But small steps are the key to making lasting change.
The small steps you incorporate into you routine should make you feel better. Maybe this means taking a walk outside for a few minutes each day, or spending a few minutes reading before bed. It could include writing in your journal or doing a few yoga poses before bed.
Think of things that can be done in 5-10 minutes. You don’t have to read a full chapter in that book. Just as you don’t have to do a whole 30 minute yoga routine. Break it down into small steps!
5) Incorporate new habits.
There are a lot of things you can do to change up your daily routine after you’ve gotten curious. One way to start is by picking a different activity to do every day for a week. This can be something as simple as reading a book, going for a walk, or cooking a new dish. If doing it every day for a week is too much, pick a day where you know your schedule is lighter or you have more downtime. Then, try and incorporate your new habit in the timeframe.
After you’ve tried out a bunch of different activities, pick one that you enjoyed the most and work on making it a regular part of your routine. Once you’ve found something you enjoy, you may consider make it even more interesting so you don’t get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. For example, if you the new activity you enjoyed the most was walking, consider new ways of doing it. Could you keep it interesting by going on a walk with a friend? Or, selecting a new place to walk once a week?
6) Track your habits.
This will help you to have an objective view of your progress in implementing your new routine.
There are many different ways to track your habits. A few popular methods include using an app on your phone to track habits. To set yourself up for tracking success, make sure you are using a tool that is easily accessible. The goal is to reduce barriers to completing the task as little as possible.
Warning: If you decide to use a brand new bullet journal you’ve never used before, you might be making this task more difficult than it needs to be. Especially if you haven’t consistently used a notebook in the past. Or, if you have a tendency to misplace things.
By tracking your habits, you can hold yourself accountable and see your progress over time. It can also help you to identify trends in your habits to help you pinpoint factors that cause you to stall or take a step back.
Tips for Sticking to Your New Routine
The first tip is to make your routine as easy as possible to stick to. If it’s difficult or takes a lot of time, you’re more likely to give up on it. Try to make your routine something that you can do quickly and without a lot of effort.
Second, focus on one thing at a time. After you’ve mastered that one thing, then you can try something new. This way, you are setting yourself up for success. And, you are not juggling several new habits.
Next, find a friend or accountability partner who can encourage you when you are feeling discouraged. Pro-tip: Find someone who is also looking to implement a new routine in their life, this way you can encourage one another.
Third tip, create a reward for yourself. Having a goal can help you to stay on task. When you have a goal to look forward to, it can make the journey more enjoyable. You don’t just have to think about your goal in terms of the end result, but also in terms of all the steps you’ll need to take to get there. This way, you can break your goal down into manageable chunks and celebrate each accomplishment along the way. (<<This is a secret to success right here!)
It’s important to have a positive attitude and stay motivated. This can be difficult when you’re struggling or feeling overwhelmed, but it’s crucial to keep pushing forward. Remember that it’s okay to take breaks and relax, or skip a day when you just aren’t able to do the thing.
You will also want to remember why you started in the first place. Perhaps you decided to start a new routine because you recognized your previous habits were not supporting the life you desired. Or, you haven’t really ever had a reliable routine, but recognized the importance of having one. Whatever your reason, remembering your why will help keep you motivated during tough times.
Bring it to a Close
Routine is an important part of our lives. It helps us to be productive and efficient. But sometimes, our routine doesn’t always help us to live the life we desire. Hopefully this article will help you to jumpstart changing your habits so you feel more confident in your routine.
So, let’s us know. Are you going to change your routine? If you have, what has worked for you? Share in the comments below.
Last Updated on March 21, 2022 by Kristi Coughlin