It is no secret to followers of my blog ( who I love dearly x ) that I love a routine!
So, when you've spent time creating a routine and developing it to work specifically for you, why would you want to change it? If it ain't broke don't fix it, right?
That is very true, in some cases. If you are starting out and just developing a routine that is new to you, you will be incorporating the things that already work and new habits which you feel will help you move forward, whether that be with your decluttering journey or to help you get out of the house on time. Whatever reason you have for creating a routine, once it is in place you will spend time tweaking it until it becomes perfect for your situation and doing the routine for at least a month until habits are formed. Hopefully by then you will have started to see the benefits of having a routine.
And that is exactly what I do. I have had the same morning routine for about 4 or 5 years, when I went back to work part - time in pharmacy. When I get up in the morning - whether it is a day on which I am working outside of the home or not, I pretty much have followed that routine. And it works, I leave the house on time having made the bed, showered / washed / teeth, got dressed (yes it is on my routine!) had breakfast and wiped down the bathroom and kitchen. Recently, though, I have been noticing a lot of things about gratitude journals - you know when you see something and it seems to crop up everywhere?! I thought about incorporating three things for which I am grateful in a journal every morning. Then I decided to try to add some exercise into my morning too. I've wanted to do this for so long but couldn't see how I could fit it into my mornings.
So I decided to completely overhaul my Morning Routine. I have decided to 'time block' my routine - this doesn't usually work for me as I find it too much pressure! - but it was a way of reverse engineering everything to fit in the time available. I started at 9.00am when I leave for work and worked backwards estimating how long each small habit would take and in what order I would need to do them. I finished with setting my alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual despite fitting much more into my mornings! Essentially I am not sitting through endless loops of the same news on breakfast tv! I started doing my routine just under a week ago. I can see where some things need to be moved around and where I have estimated things taking much longer than they actually do but essentially it is working and
LINDA J HARPER IS EXERCISING EVERY DAY!!
To those of you who know me personally you will know this is a major achievement!! By adding new things into my routine and moving some of my old habits to later or earlier I am more energised and achieving more each morning that I thought was possible! And I am not worried if the time blocks don't coincide with when I actually do something. As long as it gets ticked off - actually or mentally- I am happy!
Never underestimate how a few small changes can make you feel. And never underestimate how those few small changes can snowball and create space in your life to follow new ideas or dreams!
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