It can be hard to create any sort of routine. It’s even harder when you are doing it at home with nowhere to go. This is the reason I put try in quotation marks. It takes a while to build habits but the harder we try the more successful we will be.
I have specific morning and night routines that I do but trust me they took me a while to build. They were even harder to build when we went into lockdown. Here, are some tips I used to help build my routine.
Wake up at the Same Time Everyday
The only way you are going to make a routine consistent is if you start it at the same time each day. When COVID first hit I saw it as a chance to relax, waking up whenever I wanted. When I did this, I felt like I was always in a bad mood.
It will be hard getting up at a specific time every day, especially if you go to bed at a different time each night. However, your body will eventually get so used to getting up at this time it won’t be so hard anymore. Plus it will make you feel more productive in the long run.
Small Victories Are Key
Small victories are key to having a successful routine. The first small victory I like to do is to make my bed every morning. It is an amazing way to start your day, also who doesn’t like coming home to a nicely made bed.
Having small victories throughout your day makes you feel like you have accomplished a lot more in your day. Instead of giving yourself one large task to get done in a day, break it up. This way you can mark off little things you get done and eventually, the larger task will get done.
Write Down Your Routine
To understand what kind of routine you want to make, you need to visualize it. Make a list of everything you want in your routine and then start to piece it together. I am telling you when you see everything you can accomplish in the morning you will be so proud.
It also gives you the chance to see what you need to add and take out of your day. Then when you want to change your routine you know where you have to start.
Track Your Process
Along with writing down your routine, you should track your process. Write down the days you achieved the routine you wanted and the days you didn’t. After a while, you will start to notice the days you don’t do it will become fewer and fewer.
This is also a great way to motivate yourself. If you see that you are behind on following a routine for a few days it will motivate you to get back to it. To also help keep you motivated set certain goals and reward yourself for that process.
Change it up every once in awhile
I find if I do the same routine for months and months on end I just get bored and unmotivated. What I like to do is change up something within my routine. A lot of the time it’s my skincare because I LOVE trying new products. This just helps to keep me on track and productive in my everyday life.
Some things you can change up to help your routine to feel fresh is: what you eat in the day, when you shower, your hair care routine and when you workout.
Here is a brief rundown of routine. I don’t do all of these steps everyday trust me I miss a lot… lol. I do try and keep the basis the same and add in what I need for the time in my life.
My Morning Routine
- Wake up and make my bed
- Get dressed
- Start Making Coffee
- Skincare and brush my teeth
- Finish making coffee and make breakfast
- Take everything to my desk and start journaling
My Work Routine
- Turn on work computer early (takes awhile to load everything)
- Finish my Journal entry
- Start a podcast or music
- Answer emails
After work Routine
- Shut down all my computers
- Go for a walk (if I didn’t do it at lunch)
- Start preparing dinner
- Get some blog work done
- 20-40 mins of yoga or workout (depends on how I feel)
- Skin Care
- Crawl into bed get cozy
- Read for 20-30 mins
Hope these tips will help you to start building a routine. Trust me when I say having an everyday routine helped me a lot when the lockdown first started.