Many of you might feel like your typical daily routine is all over the place right now. I know I had a pretty set routine and then quarantine got thrown into the mix, which basically changed things completely. I’ve been working on re-establishing my daily routine with going back to work and this “new normal”. I love to have a solid routine each week. It helps me feel organized and get all the things accomplished.
As humans we thrive off of routine. Many of us hate the idea of change and don’t enjoy our daily structure shifting. There’s a lot of different ways we can incorporate routine into our lives. You probably already have several routines in your life without even realizing it. Think about what you do every morning when you wake up. It’s probably pretty similar each day right? It might include things such as brushing your teeth, making the bed, working out, showering, doing hair/makeup, making coffee, and eating breakfast. That right there is your morning routine. You may not have every thought about it that way before, but you probably have routines for different aspects of your life.
Some areas where we can incorporate routines include a morning routine, an evening routine, weekly routine, and monthly routine. There’s other areas you can certainly incorporate routine, but let’s start with just focusing on those four. Think about some things that you are already incorporating into each of those routines. Now think about some goals you have and maybe ways you can include changes in your routines to accomplish those goals.
Daily routines can include several different things and typically include a morning/evening routine. Try making a list of what your daily routine looks like now. Then create a list of some things you’d like to try adding or incorporating. Once we include things into our routine it can almost become like second nature. Some things you might want to try adding could include: practicing yoga, going for a walk, reading a book, writing down what you’re grateful for, working out, drinking more water, etc. All of these can slowly be incorporated into a daily routine to help with accountability and reaching goals.
Weekly routines can be a great way to keep yourself accountable with staying on top of things. These might includes things like laundry, meal prep, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, etc. Try even setting up specific days in the week that you’re going to accomplish some of these items that is part of your weekly routine. For example, I almost always meal prep on Sunday. We also recently started making Thursday evenings our grocery shopping, house cleaning, and big laundry day and let me just say it’s great. We used to leave all that until the weekend. It feels so nice having it all done right before the weekend though and gives us extra time to enjoy on the weekends.
Establishing a solid monthly routine can be another great way to get things accomplished among all the busy day to day items. Monthly routines might include things such as deep cleaning the house, washing the cars, establishing your monthly budget, bills, etc. I always like to sit down at the beginning of the month to try to organize what’s coming up that month. It can be helpful to have a family calendar with activities coming up for the month ahead.
I’ll leave you with the challenge to write out your current routines and really think about some ways you would like to improve your routines. Feel free to share how you plan to incorporate new things into your routine. I’d love to hear all the great ideas you have!
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