How & Why You Need to Create New Habits and Routines
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Day 6 of the Makeover Your Mornings Challenge
Now that you’ve figured out a new morning game plan, it’s time to not only put it into action but to make it your new morning routine. Today’s challenge is all about why (and how) to create new habits and routines.
So, why IS it important?
Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail. And because making it a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
But before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower. Have you ever noticed how much mental energy it takes to start doing something differently? But once you get into a routine, it becomes second nature.
So yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first, but once you’ve gotten into your new morning routine, you will soon find yourself doing it automatically. Kind of like brushing your teeth before going to bed.
Which is great, because you’ll need that energy to help you get through the rest of your busy day!
If you aren’t part of the Morning Makeover Challenge yet, you can sign up right here.
How to Create New Habits and Routines
Once you come up with a good morning routine, just stick with it for a few weeks. Like we already discussed, it will take a bit of willpower, but that’s really the best way to turn anything into a strong habit.
And before long, it will feel like the new normal, and you’ll no longer have to remind yourself what to do along the way. You’ll just automatically do it.
It will take a lot less effort and pep-talk to get it done.
Yes, even if your new routine includes a morning run or getting up at the crack of dawn to work on your business!
So, what if you slip back into old habits and routines? It happens. The key is to get back on track as soon as possible.
Let’s pretend you’ve been getting up half an hour earlier every morning to go for a run, and you’ve done really well so far. But then one day you oversleep. You don’t have enough time to go for your run.
Or perhaps the weather is bad, you fall ill, or something else pops up to stop you going for that run.
Guess what? It happens. It’s life.
What’s important is whether you decide to get back on track — or let it derail your efforts. (Don’t do that!)
Whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine, the most important thing is to get back on track as quickly as possible. As soon as you notice a disruption, come up with a quick alternative.
For example, if the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home or head to the gym. Or if you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of exercise — or meditation, business growing, reading, etc. — rather than skipping it altogether.
Most importantly, get back on track with your regular morning routine as quickly as possible. It might have to be the following morning, and that’s okay.
Just actively remind yourself that you need to get back on track, and you’ll be glad that you did.
Day 6 Challenge
Get ahead of any disruptions by planning ahead. List out a few obstacles that might get in the way of your new morning routine, then some alternatives or things you can do to stick with it even when these obstacles get in the way.
This way, you’ll be prepared for when these challenges do come up, and you’ll know how to respond to them (without losing momentum).
Have you enjoyed this challenge, but want even more clarity? If you’re the type of person who needs more focus and organization in your life, then I really think you’ll enjoy the 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course with Crystal Paine.
Over fourteen days, you’ll receive actionable tips to help you:
- Develop a morning routine and before bed routine
- Streamline your morning tasks
- Learn how to make to-do lists
- Create realistic, but stretching goals
- Discover the power of accountability
- Establish internal and external motivations
- Find time to refuel your tank
- Experience more focus, organization, and clarity