Starting a routine is difficult to begin with, but actually sticking to it might be even harder. 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 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 how can you start a routine you’ll actually stick to? 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 sounds cheesy, but it actually triggers you to think about your routine. What are the things you want to do for example in the morning? 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 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!
Let me know if you have other tips that could help you start and stick to a routine.