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Inside: What are the joys and benefits of a routine and habit filled day? Do you see routines as helpful or hindering? Step inside and let’s talk about why having routines might be the very best thing you could do to structure you day.
Make It A Habit – The Joys and Benefits Of A Routine & Habit Filled Day
I’ve always thrived on flexibility and spontaneity. As newlyweds, my husband and I patted ourselves on the back for not needing a routine.
We could do whatever we wanted (as long as his work was done, of course) and we loved it! In fact, I remember driving through Taco Bell many times at midnight just because we wanted to.
It was fun!
The thoughts of a schedule made me cringe. Too mundane. Not enough excitement. No joy in that!
As the years have gone by and we’ve added seven kiddos to our household, not having a routine and living like we did when we were twenty would be a recipe for disaster.
I can’t even imagine if we did whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, with no regard for time or schedule like we used to when we were 20 and newly married.
Each day has a certain set of responsibilities and without any routines or habits to keep us on track and get things done, we would definitely notice a bit of chaos in our home, to say the least!
(I’m so glad we’re so much wiser now!) 🙂
Knowing that we need structure helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of hassle for ourselves by implementing habits and routines.
That way we save time for the important stuff. Having good routines also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking.
Still, since I’m a spontaneous person, I’ve had to learn the art of having habits and routines, yet not restricting myself to the point of boredom.
I’ve Started Learning to See Habits and Routines as a Blessing
Routines are a great tool to simplify our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress. They really aren’t all that bad. I can say that now that I’ve lived on both sides of the fence!
Start With a Strong Morning Routine
Maybe you already have a morning routine. Most people do (whether it’s intentional or not.)
You get up, you get your coffee, read the paper or check email and fix some toast before heading into the shower.
Let’s expand on that for just a moment. Even though I’ve always said that I don’t really like routines, and I prefer spontaneity, my day has always held some sort of a structure.
I try to get out of bed before my kiddos, though it’s not always possible, because the Lord blessed me with some early risers!
Then I like to have my quiet time with God and pray. Following my quiet time, I slip into the shower, (where, now that I think about it, I have my routine for washing) and then I follow that up with getting ready for the day.
What does your morning routine look like? What things are most important for you to accomplish each day?
Develop the habit of doing those things first. It’ll make a huge difference. You’ll see! No more procrastinating! Get right to the things that matter the most to you.
You will feel so much better!
I’ve begun to learn the importance of having a routine and forming good habits, I’ve seen the blessing of peace fill my soul.
The Key to a Good Daily Routine Starts the Night Before
Have you ever thought about that? I know I’ve been guilty of going to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes and laundry left unfolded. Waking up to a mess makes the morning start off on the wrong foot.
It just doesn’t go well when you wake up feeling behind on everything.
On the other hand, if you learn how to have a good night time routine and make it a habit of following that routine, the following day will start out differently.
It’s really quite simple.
Start by doing a few chores that make the next morning easier. Making sure the kitchen is clean and the kids’ things are in order are great examples.
Have your kids help you get the house clean fast.
Have a Good Bedtime Routine
I have a brain that won’t shut down. Therefore, I need to be very careful not to go from 9-0 miles per hour getting the house in order before bed, to crawling under the covers and trying to fall asleep.
It just won’t happen.
So take it from me…it’s good to have a soothing bedtime routine as well.
That being said, come up with a few calming things that help you slow down and get ready for sleep. Read a book, listen to some music or wind down with a cup of herbal tea. << That’s my favorite!
Keep a pen and paper by your bed and spend a few minutes writing down all of your thoughts for the next day. Trust me! It helps to get everything out of your head and onto a piece of paper so you don’t have to think about it until the next day!
Avoid checking your phone before bed. Save that for the morning. Facebook has been responsible for more sleepless nights than I can count! Take it from me! Shut off your phone and leave it alone until morning!
Find and Develop Your Habits and Routines
Finally, take some time to think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines. Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new habits and routines.
Helpful Hint: I use Trello to organize my life into routines and I LOVE it! And it’s FREE! You must check out my post to see how I use Trello to organize my life!
Spending a little bit of time creating routines and habits will make your day run a lot smoother. As a result, you might just find yourself less stressed and get more done during your productive hours.
And that’s a beautiful thing. It allows you to save plenty of decision making for the fun stuff like figuring out what park to go to, what family movie to watch, or what board game to play.
Routines Make You More Efficient
Having a routine will make you much more efficient, as well as happy and content.
Additionally, once I got the hang of having habits and routines, I stopped thinking that they would cramp my style!
Now that I have plans for the daily tasks, I’m free to sneak off with my husband on a date once in a while (not at midnight, anymore!) and we can get away guilt free! That’s the joy and benefit of a routine and habit filled day.
I know what things need to be done and I get them done, freeing me up to do the fun things I enjoy!
How to you use habits and routines in your day? Do you see the joy and benefits of a routine and habit filled day or do you feel like having structure puts a damper on your life? Comment below and let me know how routines and habits help your day.
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