24 Sep How To Create Intentional Routines In Your Life
Step One: Choose The Routine Type
First, decide which type of routine you’re trying to create in your life. Is it morning, night, afternoon, etc.? Most people gravitate towards a morning routine because mornings can feel like such a struggle, but a night routine is also beneficial if you want to stop staying up too late.
Step Two: Find Your Motive
Think about why starting a routine is important to you. What’s your motive? Why are you trying to create a routine? Is it because everyone else says how important it is? Or maybe you want to stop rushing out the door in the morning or stop staying up so late. Get clear on your reason for starting a routine because this will give you more motivation to make it happen.
P.S. If you want to totally overhaul your morning routine, I’d highly recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings: A 14-Day Online Course by Crystal Paine. It’s only $17, and it’s jam-packed with tips and tricks for becoming a morning person.
Step Three: Edit Your Current Routine
Think about your current routine and what you do on a daily basis. Is there anything that you could spend less time doing or remove completely? Maybe you want to stop snoozing your alarm or spend less time watching Netflix. You should also take into consideration the things you need to do daily, regardless of whether you like doing them or not. Maybe that’s eating breakfast before you leave for work, choosing what to wear, packing your bag, or taking the dog for a walk.
Step Four: Add Some Goodness
Think about what you’d love to add to your current routine. Is it practicing yoga in the morning? Making a smoothie? Reading before bed? Make a list of 8-10 things you’d LOVE to add. Then narrow that list to 3-5 things (because we gotta be realistic here, my friend).
Ideas for Your Routine
- Writing your to-do list
- Eating breakfast or dinner
- Taking a shower or bath
- Working out or taking a walk
- Listening to a podcast
- Taking the dog for a walk
- Doing your makeup/taking off makeup
P.S. If you love reading about other people’s routines, I’d recommend checking out the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. So freakin’ interesting.
Step Five: Map It Out
Write down what your ideal routine looks like with the things you need to do and the things you want to do. From there, put things into an order that makes sense. Think about how much time you’d like to dedicate to each activity or habit – and also keep in mind the amount of time you have to make it all happen. Consider if you’re trying to get to bed by 10 pm and you have a list of 5 things to do, how much time can you realistically spend on them? Try not to overcommit yourself because this will only make it harder to complete your routine.
Step Six: Make It Happen!
You’ve got it all planned out, so now it’s time to try it out. I’d recommend writing down your new routine and keeping it in an obvious spot where you’ll see it and be reminded of your intention (I forget 99% of things unless they’re written down in front of my face). Try out your brand new routine and see how it flows. Remember you can always come back and make tweaks. Don’t give up right away if it’s not sticking – you’ve got this!