No matter how much you try, do you often find yourself with less time on your hands at the end of the day?
This is probably because you’re spending more time on one thing than others.
The best way to have your days to run smoothly is to create a routine and stick to it.
Routines can bring a sense of consistency to our daily agendas. Maintaining a routine is also a very important part of efficient time management. It actually helps us live healthier lives.
If you go through the lives of successful people, you’d find that most of them stuck to a morning routine.
The fact that routine is in the morning is to be noted; what you do in the wee hours after you wake up sets your pace for the whole day.
If you have a morning regimen that is rejuvenating, it’s the best way to start the day. You’ll find yourself full of energy for the whole day.
At the same time, if your morning routine is tiresome and draining, the rest of the day would be worse.
According to research, it is proven that a person’s willpower is strongest in the morning. A lot of students tend to study in the early morning hours, because, due to this very reason, what is studied in the morning is retained the most.
The tie you have in the morning is valuable because it is easily the time that you could use to be the most productive. You need to come up with a morning routine that suits you and is compatible with all your plans for that day.
Here are some tips on how you can create a morning routine and stick to it.
1. Can I really stick to one?
More often than not, we all have some kind of routine that keeps our life going. If you come back home from work, take a nap and then shower, that’s a routine right there. All routines need not be good ones too. The fact that we have chores that we’ve got to do every day repeatedly automatically creates some kind of routine in our lives. We are thus naturally prone to sticking to some kind of routine or the other. So whether we are able to maintain a routine or not is clear. Sticking to routine gets difficult when you’re forced to do chores and tasks that you may not always like. That’s where your heightened morning willpower comes into play!
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2. Patience is key
The first thing you’d probably want to change is the time you wake up in the morning. This is the hardest change of all when it comes to implementation. You need to give yourself some time to adjust to the changes. Being patient with yourself is very important in this case. If you set a time and you fail to wake up, don’t be disappointed and forget the whole routine. Make up for the time you lost and get back on schedule. This isn’t just for the matter of waking up. It applies to every activity that you wish to do as part of your routine.
3. Work with what you already have
You’re probably already following a routine, knowingly or unknowingly. So when you create a morning routine, don’t go for a completely new schedule. It would result in chaos, because adjusting to a completely new set of tasks is bound to be difficult. Instead, focus on working with the routine you already have. You only need to make a few changes here and there: probably incorporate a new chore, or reduce the amount of time you spend on another. Starting a regimen in this way would be easier to follow. As you get used to it, you can make small changes; with the passage of time, you might end up with a routine that’s completely different from what you started with.
4. Find a motivation
What makes you stick to anything is if you have a clear motivation for it. When you a follow a weight loss routine, your purpose is to lose weight, hence you stick to it. If you keep a skincare routine, your purpose is to have healthy skin, which makes you stick to it. If you have a clear purpose to stick to your morning routine, you’re going to be following it effectively. Find a purpose. It may be to de-stress. It may find more time to do something, like work. It may be to relax more. Whatever it may be, write it down and keep it where you can see it every morning. This is sure to encourage you to stick to your routine.
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5. Never give up on your routine
A lot of things may come in the way that would throw you off your routine, maybe just for a day, or even for as long as a month! Never give up on your routine. Try to get back on track as soon as possible. If you happen to travel and stay at different places, try to follow your routine adapting to the conditions in those places. Just because you may have missed one task, it doesn’t mean your whole routine has to go haywire. Work with the time you have and keep up the pace.
You don’t have to do all this on your own. There are a number of planners, both virtual and in book form, which will help you keep up your routine.
A number of online resources are available that would help you create your own morning routine such as Miracle Mornings.
Use these tools to make the ideal morning routine for yourself, so that you can live an efficient and stress-free life.