We all want to get organized and in the right frame of mind to achieve our dreams and aspirations. BUT getting to do the small actions consistently on a daily basis is what separates “average” achievers from the real deal mom bosses who seem to have everything under control. I like to see these small actions as a combination of good habits and routines.
Personally, I have always struggled to do something consistently. My mind is always looking for something new, something different – and getting myself to do the same thing everyday has been one of the hardest things. With this pregnancy, practicing some of my routines has become even harder! So if any of this sounds familiar to your everyday, then you are not alone.
THE TRUTH IS, once I started taking routines more seriously and consistently practice positive habits, I noticed a big change in how I felt and how much I could achieve in the same amount of time.
It requires a lot of self introspection, and just being real with yourself about your weaknesses, but it is definitely the first step to mastering yourself and I have no doubt that it has helped me to achieve so many of the goals that I have been able to achieve in the last few months.
TIME is a SCARCE COMMODITY and if you are still not convinced, then just have a look at what you planned to do last week compared to what you achieved. The most common excuse that you would use is “I did not have enough time”. This is probably true, and one of the reasons why a routine would make you more efficient in completing tasks within a limited time. If you haven’t as yet, download the free time management planner here.
Creating a routine is not necessarily a daily routine. It could be something that you do everyday for 15-20 minutes. It could also be something that you DO NOT DO, which is linked to habits.
Ideas for Daily routines
Some of the routines that I strive to practice daily, which you can too:
- Morning routine: Every morning for 15-30 minutes, I follow a script that I set up for myself at the start of the year which involves
- Reading my self affirmations out loud
- Going through my planned to-do list and calendar
- Play & sleep time with my son. This can be anything between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on how
- Block times to do critical work: During these times, I have learnt the hard way of staying away from my phone unless there is an important call coming in. Giving myself 2-3 hours to go through the critical items that I need to do for the day is so effective and gives me a sense of fulfillment in practicing routines
- Going through my list of positive and negative habits, and honestly reviewing how well I have done on a weekly basis
You can always create routines that work for you. For example, if you are naturally more productive at night, then create an evening routine to make the most of this time of the day and rather have a light morning routine that you can manage after having a late night sleep. You should, however, get enough sleep hours if you want to be productive during the day.
One of my favorite quotes is by Aristotle which says “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ”
How true this is. When we repeatedly do the things that we should not be doing, it only robs us of the time that we could have spent being more productive. I am not saying that we should not have time to have fun, but it would be better to intentionally plan this than haphazardly scroll your life away on Facebook, just as an example….
Be honest about your habits
When it comes to habits, writing down your positive and weak habits is such a powerful tool, it makes it real and makes you realise what you could be doing that is taking away from your time to do things that will be more fulfilling. I try to read the books about the power of positive habits below at least every other 2 years, which you can get from Amazon using the links below*
So I have prepared a FREE routine and habit template for you to use and track your progress over time. Don’t forget to track your progress, it will go a long way in boosting you and helping you to maintain positive habits and routines, and get rid of negative habits that take away from your ability to fulfill your potential.
Download your free “Routine and Habit Organizer” now through this link, and get ready to get on another level of organisation in your daily living.