My morning routine:
Wake up at 6:30, hop on the scale, get dressed, put the water on to boil for my oatmeal, start my eggs.
This is my typical morning. It works, and at a glance, there’s really nothing wrong with it.
Until I realize I was going to try a new workout this week- but I didn’t have time to pack a gym bag. Guess I’ll skip it for today.
I taste the eggs on my plate that I’ve been eating for the past 6 months EVERY DAY and realize, I don’t even like eggs anymore. (did I ever like them?!)
I look at my make-up in the mirror and see a tired, uninspired look that I’m completely over.
When did this happen!?
My routine had taken over.
And, like most routines, it was efficient because it was easy, I didn’t have to think about it, and I was used to it.
The danger in every routine always lives in these same aspects:
It’s easy, so I’ll keep doing it, even if it no longer serves me.
I don’t have to think about it, and since I don’t really have time to, that works out peachy-keen.
And I’m used to it, because brains like things that are familiar- that way we can predict the end result and it feels safe even if it’s not desirable.
This is why your routine is actually your WORST friend.
Would you want a friend that was always telling you, ‘keep doing things the same, because that’s all I’m comfortable with. Don’t ever change. Don’t do new things. You don’t have time/I don’t have time, I don’t want to learn anything new, and neither do you…’
I sure wouldn’t. But I’m not really into the controlling-stalker-ish type (anymore). If you are, time to get out sister!
Because your routine should actually be your star employee.
It should work for you. Routines are an excellent tool for cultivating healthy habits into a busy life. You’ve got your workout routine, your morning ritual, your office routine, your make-up look, your standard hairstyle… all things that are an expression of you. Or at least they should be. Any routine, gone unexamined, can easily no longer serve you and actually start to work against you.
Your life is constantly changing.
YOU’re also always changing. And you deserve to give yourself the attention it takes to re-evaluate and make a new plan, especially when the current one is broken.
Take a few minutes this spring to think about where you are right now and where you’d like to be. What type of person would you have to be to get to your goals? What behaviors would you adopt? What time would you get up in the morning? What would be your theme song? Who would you spend your time with? What would you feed your body? How would you treat others? How would you treat yourself? Answer this question, above all:
What do you need to change about your routine to become the best version of you that you can be?
Don’t just ponder these questions, write them down. Create your new routine and put it in your schedule! My favorite mentor Marie Forleo likes to say, if it’s not scheduled, it’s not real. Lastly, the MOST IMPORTANT PART, make sure you evaluate if your new plan or routine is right for you.
And if it’s not, CHANGE IT. Don’t give up and go back to your same old eggs every morning crappy make-up tired ass workout routine! Create routines that work for you.
Want to kick it up a notch? Post your new routine goals in the comments below! Putting it out to the universe is the first step to making it real….
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