5 Tips To Creating A Healthy Routine That Will Stick
By Lindsey Morando
This past year brought a lot of changes for me, all self-induced. As I started my journey towards becoming an entrepreneur, I knew that the only way to be successful was to create a routine – one that would stick – which I admit, is not something that I am very good at.
Full disclosure before you read this article: I am by no means an expert on habits. I am, however, really great at inconsistency with habits and learning the hard way in order to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Because of this, I’ve developed some awesome, successful habits in the process that are easy to implement and I am happy to share those with all of you!
I’ve had some pretty epic habit failures, but instead of listing those here, I am going to show you how to change those into epic successes. I have no doubt that all that I’ve learned through my failures will help you with developing your own super successful plan moving forward.
1. Use your calendar! It sounds so simple but man, this was hard for me. Thank goodness for my organized business partners who taught me the power of time-blocking.
Time blocking on your calendar will make a HUGE difference in your life. Pick one day a week (usually the last day of your work week or the day before your work week starts) and plan out your week in writing.. And be specific with your intentions.
To start, put your specific tasks in your calendar, using blocked times that you’ve established. This is a great time to not only schedule all of your appointments and to do’s for work, but it’s also the perfect way to schedule in your workouts. Inevitably, there are times when something changes throughout the day and things need to be moved around, but by sticking to a set routine, which you’ve written down, you’re more likely to get things done.
2. Commit & Repeat. They say it takes 21 days of consistency to develop a new habit. That means that to give yourself the best chance for success, you need to commit and repeat the process every single day! Repetition is the hardest part, but if you remain consistently committed, you will change your habits and develop a routine that works for you!
First, you must commit to change, which can also be brutal. My advice: take things on one at a time. Maybe 30 minutes of movement daily is something you really want to do. Now is your chance! Choose that as your new habit challenge and stick to it. This is perfect to log into your calendar.
Taking on too many new things at once can leave you feeling overwhelmed and discouraged if something gets left behind. So start slow and increase as you go. That’s the best way to set yourself up for success!
3. Ask yourself, what do you need? For me, I have to have movement in my life 5 days a week. That is my goal. Whatever it is for you, be sure you write it down and commit to seeing it through.
Ask yourself, “what makes me feel good?”, “what am I doing when I show up as my best self?”, “how do I want to feel?” And then go do it!
4. When is your peak productivity? Take one day and really study when you are productive and when you are not. If you are not productive in the morning, stop scheduling morning meetings. If you are a night owl, then schedule your tasks during that time.
Also, when it comes to workouts, do you always say you are going to work out at night and then cancel because you are exhausted after work? This is the perfect time to form a new habit and start exercising before your work day.
You have two choices. You can either commit to your current routine or change it up so that it works for you. The key is consistency and follow through. Be aware and be flexible. If it’s not sticking, ask yourself why? Be honest without judgment and learn from the process, while making changes that will work moving forward. Keep switching things up until you’ve got a process that rocks.
Don’t give up! Change can be hard and habits take time. The key is planning things out, writing them down, sticking to your outline and being consistent. Once you get those things down, you’re well on your way to success in all aspects of your life.
Give it a try! Take a few minutes and pick 1-2 habits that you want to commit to implementing today and put those new habits into your calendar. Even the little things, like taking your vitamins each day, can create big, positive change.
About the Author
Lindsey Morando comes from over 13 years of marketing experience in all different industries (including fitness, restaurant, retail and much more)! She is the author of It’s Just The Beginning, Break Up, Get Up & Walk Away (itsjustthebeginning.com). She loves strategizing, helping entrepreneurs make the impossible, possible and helping people find their inner-gift and share it with the world.
She spent her 20’s going from the restaurant industry as a Director of Marketing to most recently begin the co-founder of marketing co-op (mktco-op.com) with a lot of jobs in between. To her, it is not the resume experience that matters; it is the failures, successes and the lessons learned in between that have truly shaped her journey.
Her purpose is simple. Regardless of the industry and/or personal background, she longs to be a real and raw voice about failures, success stories and life experiences in love, life and business. To help those that don’t know where to start and give hope in making the impossible seem possible. And most importantly, to help people find their purpose, tell their STORY, and make a difference in this world.
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