Morning Makeover: The Importance of Habits and Routines
With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action, but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning it into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to make things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, they will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed. Give it time. Conventional wisdom says it takes 21 days to make a new habit–which is why I started this challenge about a month before school starts for the year in most of the country!
Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you will no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30 minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.
Watch out for the moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then, one day, you oversleep and can’t fit your run in. Or, the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.
Your most important job when life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of devotions or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day. Most importantly, get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.
Morning Challenge Task #6: Did you try out your new morning routine today? How did it work? Take a few minutes to check what worked and what didn’t and anticipate some of the roadblocks you may face in creating this new habit. Then plan a few tactics to overcome those roadblocks. Once you complete these tasks, head over to the Facebook page to share your progress with the group!