The Power of Routine
Can I let you in on a little secret?
Okay…it’s not really a secret. If you know me at all or have checked out any number of my social media posts on Instagram, you know that I’m a fan of routines.
From working out to my job to falling asleep, I have routines that I try to stick to. And when I don’t…well, just ask my family what happens. (On second thought, yeah…let’s not do that.)
Now, some of you may be sitting there reading this and saying, “But routines are sooooooo boring! Doing the same thing day in and day out…Yuck!”
Hear Me Out
But I want you to hear me out.
Because routines are awesome and amazing for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being!
Don’t believe me?
Top 10 Reasons Why Rountines Rock
Then let me share my top 10 reasons why routines rock!
Routines can ground you.
Have you ever had a day that just didn’t go as planned? In fact, it may have been completely off the rails. Did you ever analyze it to see what went wrong? In all honesty, it may be because you strayed from your routine. Routines help keep us grounded – and I know that when I’m not sticking to my routines – things are most likely to go from calm to chaotic really quick.
Routines can reduce your stress.
Yes, if you want to reduce stress in your life – establish routines. Even a simple routine such as meal planning for your week can go a long way to reducing your stress.
Routines can help you manage your energy.
You all know that I’m big on managing your energy! Routines definitely help with this as you will know what to expect (for the most part) throughout your day – and you will know what requires more energy from you and where you can actually conserve energy.
Routines can improve your habits.
100% this!! Think about the good habits you’ve established for yourself – perhaps in regards to exercise or healthy cooking. It’s because you’re in a routine! Routines help make things almost automatic! Routines are like your own auto-pilot!
Routines can build your confidence.
When I’m following my established routines, I feel more confident! Routines allow me to take care of…ME! Things such as meal prep, Pilates – even my Beauty Counter skincare routine – bring me confidence – which carries over into all aspects of my life.
Routines can increase your productivity.
They sure do! Think about a day when you were able to get it all done. It’s most likely because some well-established routines were involved. Routines increase your productivity because you are in control of your schedule – and not vice versa.
Routines help to eliminate procrastination.
If you’re a procrastinator, routines can help! How so? Routines help eliminate distractions – and we all know that distractions are a prime reason that things don’t get done!
Routines keep you moving forward.
If you want to make progress – whether it’s in your job, with your health, or with relationships, routines can keep you moving forward. (Yes, date nights are a routine that can help your relationship with your spouse!)
Routines allow you to understand yourself better.
When you start creating routines, you are going to learn a lot about yourself. You will learn what works and what doesn’t. You will learn where your attention and focus need to be. You will learn about your strengths and your weaknesses. And this is all good! Self-understanding is part of growth!
Routines are calming.
For those of you who are already a big fan of routines, you know that they are sooooo calming. There is something so comforting in knowing what you need to do!
Have I made a believer out of you yet? Are you ready to get some routines in place and kick some ass this week? Start small – maybe with a morning routine or weekly meal prep – and then begin looking at other areas of your life where you think a routine could benefit you.
John C. Maxwell, author of “Start Your Personal Growth Journey,” said, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Now’s the time to find it!