Routines are old and boring, I don’t like my day scheduled, I just go with the flow.. These are real responses from people after I’ve talked to them about implementing a routine into their daily lives.
Not only does the planner in me freak out a little when I hear this stuff, but the anxiety in my heart creeps up too. After spending months & months trying to find ways to manage overwhelm and anxiety, I know just how important my ROUTINES are!
Routines are far from boring, they provide freedom. A routine is NOT a schedule (I don’t schedule ANYTHING unless I have to), I go with the flow too – life happens – but my routines are habits that allow me the freedom to go with the flow.
Here Are 7 Reasons You Should Implement A Routine In Your Life
1. Reduce Overwhelm & Anxiety : Studies show having a routine can reduce anxiety by up to 60%. We can’t control everything in our life – but there are also things we can control, and routines give us control. Creating and following a routine takes the decision of what to do next out of the equation. We don’t have to stress about what we need to do, and when to do it because it is already planned.
2. Allows More Productivity : As we complete daily routines, we create habits. Instead of stopping to think about what to do next – it takes the decision making process out of our daily tasks which in turn makes us more productive.
3. Creates Good Habits : Habits are created by doing the same activity over and over again. Once you create a purposeful routine – it will encourage repetition of the tasks that will propel you towards your goals.
4. Prioritization : When we have multiple things come our way at one time, it can be overwhelming. When our routine is set (and with our CORE 4) – we have already made the decision on what is of most importance to us. Instead of having to make that decision in real time, we can fall back on our Routine & CORE 4, so instead of freezing – we can keep moving forward.
5. Reduces The Need for Motivation : Hear me out here. When we brush our teeth in the morning, it doesn’t require much motivation. We’ve done it so many times, we just do it. Other habits become the same when we do them daily. If you want to make it a habit to exercise daily, once you incorporate it into your routine, and you do it over & over, it becomes second nature. So even when you’re not “really feeling it”, you do it anyway – because it’s habit.
6. More Free Time : This sounds counter intuitive, but once you have a set routine – the need to think about each task or what needs to be done next disappears. You reduce the amount of planning that you need during the day, and by using the time blocking concept, you can group like tasks together saving even more time.
7. Mindset : Routines are good for mindset. It brings a sense of normalcy to our day. It creates a sense of control. Completing tasks helps with self confidence. The list goes on..
If you are ready to start creating a routine into your day – check out all of the resources I have available!
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