Well.. It surely has been a while, hasn't it? I don't really have an excuse for it, other than the fact that I've been quite busy. But no need to get into detail about that. I want to talk to you about getting a new routine. When the summer break ended I told myself to get a new and better routine, instead of constantly being lazy, procrastinating, eating unhealthy and getting too little or too much sleep. And I managed to do it! So now I'm going to tell you how to do the same.
1. Write down your goals
I think that this is quite important. You can't just randomly start a new routine. You need to know what you are doing it for, and what things you want included in your routine. Once you visualise it by writing it down, it will become more clear what you'll have to do. For example, I wrote: eating healthier, staying hydrated, exercise more, procrastinate less, be more positive, sleep better, and a few other things.
2. Make a slow start.
Once you've written down your goals, you should pick one or two to start with. You can't just start with all of them at once, or else you might fail at keeping up with them. So don't rush it. I started with getting more sleep by going to bed earlier and not sleeping in too much, and I started to eat healthier. Once you've got those down you can move onto the next one or two goals.
3. Keep it up.
There will be days where you won't feel like sticking to your routine, but it's important that in that moment you kick your own butt and keep going. If you do fail to keep up with your routine make sure you reflect on it. What went wrong? Why? What can you do to prevent it from happening again? For me personally it helped to start a bullet journal, in which I keep track of my goals.
4. Celebrate your success.
Sometimes you need to praise yourself a little for your hard work. So treat yourself with your favourite ice cream when you've been keeping up with your new routine for two weeks. Finally buy that dress after a month, and allow yourself to take a day off from your routine once you're certain you can pick it up again afterwards. You're allowed to be proud of yourself!
I know these steps seems simple, and maybe you're left wondering "is that it?", but you have to remember that discipline is key. You can't start a new routine if you're not willing to put effort in it. These four steps are just some things to make it a little easier. I've been working on my new routine for a month now, and I still haven't put all my goals in it. But I'm very proud of the progress I've made. So be patient, and don't give up!
Do you have a routine? Or do you want to start one? Let me know!