Let Me Clarify: The Routine

My recent article was written on the importance of creating and having a routine. I received a lot of feedback on the topic. One of which prompted this article. I should have prefaced that article with ‘this works for me.’ Routine and schedules really do work for me. They help me organize my day, achieve my goals and grow stronger.

But that doesn’t mean that it will work for you. If you are the type of person that hates routine, creating a routine is the opposite of good advice. Routines may make you feel like a monotonous robot.

Wake-Up-And-Smell-The-RoutineYou may feel like you doing the same thing over and over again. Before you know it, you are old and grey with nothing but lists filled with daily routines. My goal is to try and convince the naysayers.

Sometimes, routines are bad. It allows you to drift into bad habits and, once they are set, routines make them almost impossible to break. If you are stuck in the routine of smoking after dinner then you will continue to do it.

You cannot allow yourself get stuck in bad habits and past mistakes. The bad routines and habits are self-reinforcing because of the immediate gratification of giving in.

Routine to Remedy Bad Habits

Forcing yourself to formulate a routine is beneficial because you are able to evaluate and remedy the bad habits. Once you’ve identified your bad habits and where you weaknesses lie, a strong routine can help you remedy that problem.

vegeta-dragon-ball-z-15120When I was overweight, one of the biggest things I discovered was night eating. I used to eat junk food very close to bedtime because my nightly routine consisted of watching Dragon Ball Z.

When I figured that out, I immediately tried to cut that out. I broke the habit by switching around the routine. I moved the television time to earlier in the day and slowly curbed the junk food.

How Can You Figure Out What To Include?

It seems difficult to figure out what you want in your routine. First you have to decide who you want to be in 3 months. 6 months? One year? Once you’ve figured out your goals, develop a routine around that.

For example, before I launched this blog, I decided prior that I wanted to post my thoughts to the masses. At the time, I did not consider any specific medium.

I implemented writing every single day as part of my daily routine. It gave me the opportunity to improve my writing and develop a niche.

Figure your goals and develop yourself around that. If you want to get in shape and the only free time you have is in the morning, develop a routine that allows you sleep earlier to allow your body to wake well rested earlier in the morning.

I implore you to start today. Write down your goals, where you want to be and how you hope to get there. Develop a routine around it. You will thank yourself in a future.

What do you think about routines now naysayers? Leave a comment below, my readers and I would love to hear from you. Lastly, check out my YouTube channel!

Be bold, be free, and love on.