Starting a routine is difficult, to begin with, but actually sticking to it might be even harder. So how to create a routine and stick to it? Probably the first question that pops into your mind is: Why even start with it? Well having a routine has quite a lot of benefits.
When you think about a mindful morning routine, it can help you start your day easier and more effective. An evening routine can help you wind down easier and might even help you sleep better. It can also clear your mind because you don’t have to remember all the things you need to do. They’ll be in your routine anyway. So let’s start answering the question: How to create a routine and stick to it?
So how to create a routine and stick to it?
I’ll give you some tips that might work for you. They also might not work for you, because everyone is a unique person. That’s okay because it might give you some inspiration for your own tips. Comment them down below, because your tips can inspire others as well!
1. Writing your routine down. This might sound cheesy, but it actually triggers you to think about your routine. What are the things you want to do for example during a mindful morning routine? In which order do you want them to do? Does it all make sense? When writing down your routine step by step you automatically ask yourself these questions.
2. Be flexible with changing up your routine. If you feel like it is not working the way you expected it to be, don’t be afraid to change it. Because you wrote your routine down on paper, it doesn’t mean that you can’t change it ever again. When changing your routine bit by bit, until it’s working the way you want it to, you are more likely to stick to it.
3. Take little steps at a time, when you try to start your routine. When you try to do it all at once, you are more likely to not stick to it. Take it step by step, for example by waking up every morning at a certain time. This could be the start of your morning routine. After this step, you could build towards your full mindful morning routine. Another way to include little steps is to set a goal every week. The first week you are going to try to do the routine one time. If you succeed you can set a higher goal next week.
4. You didn’t fail when you didn’t stick to your routine. Don’t give up! There is always going to be a next day when you can try again. It takes time for your body and mind to adjust to a new habit. Take it easy on yourself, because a routine should help you and not work against you!
5. Use a Gratitude journal and planner. In my mindful morning routine, I use a gratitude journal and planner from Mal Paper. Their Daily Goal Setter diary is amazing for creating your routines. I also used the CGD London goals planner before, which is also great for setting goals. And of course, if you don’t want to use a gratitude journal and planner, that’s also fine! And if you do check out the Mal Paper Daily Goal Setter and the CGD London Goals Planner. I really like them for goal setting!
Let me know if you have other tips that could help you start and stick to a routine. I hope I answered the question: How to create a routine and stick to it? Let’s share tips and tricks in the comments below! And in the meantime maybe you want to read about my 5 step easy morning skincare routine for winter.