Open your window and let the sunshine into your home. Make it cozy and follow Marie Kondo’s lead by making your new morning routine spark joy. Today I thought about the COVID-19 quarantine and how much we have accomplished by creating a new morning routine for the summer. If you follow this blog, you know that we have been working together in setting our new morning routine. So far, we have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done. Now, it’s time to put it all together.
Choose a preliminary time
The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you. Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get these tasks accomplished. Maybe your goal is to meditate each morning so you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of jasmine tea. Perhaps your goal is to find some time for reading the latest summer thriller. Maybe another goal is to take photographs of your garden for Instagram before everyone else gets up. The same applies for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn a new language.
Work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shifts in your current routine. With a bit of creative thinking, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.
Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural. It takes a little while to step into the groove.
Write Your New Morning Routine
For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new routine for the summer down in a journal or sticky note.
It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference, but also solidify your new plan in your mind. Place your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and your action plan.
Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. Well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust your plans and make changes as needed. Create a new morning routine for the summer that works well for you and the rest of your family.
The Importance Of Habits And Routines
With your morning plan figured out, it’s time to not only to put it into action, but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? It’s because you want to make sure that your new plan happens each morning. Turning your plan into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, you expend energy and willpower for things to happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Once you are set with your routine, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed.
Stick To Your Routine
The key is to stick to your new routine for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will take less effort and less growth mindset work to get things done.
Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and it’s raining so you can’t make it out there. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.
Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation. Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.
Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly
Creating routines and habits for your mornings motivate you. They allow you to do what you need in order to move ahead. There is no need to spend too much energy or time thinking about it. That’s a good thing. It can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve focusing on the wrong things that don’t help you reach your goals.
When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it should be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when our circumstances change. That’s why it’s important to take some time now and then to review our routine and habits.
Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Just put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with the times. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so.
When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:
Is it working?
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If it isn’t then, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you.
Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about your new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving wanting to get up in the morning.
Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you grow your mindset. You grow by accepting the circumstances of your life. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.
Keep tweaking and improving your routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time passes you reach your goal, so then you can switch focus to meditation or learning a new language. Keep evolving and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.