Having a routine can usually aid you in your day to day life; helping you to become your most productive self. Yet something that isn’t discussed is how hard it is to stick to a routine.
This week I want to share with you 6 steps to sticking to a routine.
Once you have decided to start a routine, step 1 is to plan out your day.
If you don’t know what you should be doing and when you should be doing it, you can feel lost and out of control. Feeling anxious or out of control is the main cause of not sticking to a routine as you will do anything you can to stop feeling this way. Instead, you might do something fun and unproductive to distract yourself.
With that being said step 2 is to create a routine. And, if you want something enough you need to connect to it and allow it to become a part of you. It shouldn’t be something that you need to work up to doing, it should just be a part of your life.
Be More Selfish
This leads to step 3 which is to start being a little bit more selfish when it comes to following your routine. If you need to eat, sleep or do something fun, you should prioritise it over everything else.
Stop Feeling Guilty
Step 4 is to stop judging yourself and feeling guilty for prioritising your needs over other people. I am not saying to avoid helping others, but you need to know that your priorities are just as important as other people’s. It is not your job to help everyone else all the time so don’t feel guilty for putting your needs first.
Step 5 is to practice following your routine and developing more self-control. It’s likely you are going to mess up a few times, but know that even if you do fail you can always start again.
The more you practice self-control the easier it will get to stick to your routine.
Enjoy your Routine
The final step is to enjoy your routine. To be blunt, if you don’t enjoy your routine you will never be able to stick with it. Start coming up with ways to enjoy yourself while you are doing the tasks.
Something I have found that can help is to focus on the relief of having completed the task and not having to worry about it.
Why Routines Work
The reason why routines work for so many people is that they offer safety. This plan of action helps you get one step closer to your goals.
In order for you to stick to a routine, you need it to become a part of your life that you feel able to stick to and enjoy!
Why don’t you let me know why you find it hard to keep to a routine? I will be happy to answer your questions in a future video or blog post.