Spring is the perfect time to really tackle the things you have been putting off. Starting a new routine can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. While it may seem stressful at first, once the routine is in place it can really simplify your everyday life. Here are some ideas that can make springing into a new routine a little easier for you and your family.
Simplify Before Adding
Change doesn’t happen overnight and neither can making a new routine a regular thing. The first step to making your new routine is to simplify your current routine. It can be as little as cutting something out of your routine like stopping for coffee in the morning instead of having it in the office or rearranging when you do something like hitting the gym before work instead of after.
Starting with simplifying your current routine makes the whole process of springing into a new routine so much easier. It can be hard to know what to cut out of your current routine, so start with the smallest possible change and work from there. Trial and error are the easiest way to find what works and what doesn’t and it’s easy to add whatever you need back in if it’s not working the way you’ve anticipated.
Start with little changes
After simplifying your routine it’s time for the simple changes. These changes can be as large or as small as they need to be to fit your situation. Start by asking yourself what end result you want to see. It could be that you want more time, sleep, exercise, less stress, etc. After you know what your end goal needs to be it’s easier to see the path there.
Starting your changes can be really simple. Some of the easiest changes to make to your everyday and morning routine are:
- Don’t start your morning by checking your phone before anything else
- Make your bed. It is refreshing to get home from work or to get ready for bed without the stress of straightening up
- Set time limitations on your phone’s notifications and don’t check on something if you don’t have time to take action on it.
- Choose or layout your outfit the night before
- Get outside and get moving
- Quality over quantity whether that’s time with your partner and ninjas, time for yourself, food, etc.
- Journal or thought dump and get the stress out of your brain before going to bed. Less stress means
Sticking With It, Hiccups, and Accountability
The hardest part of a new routine is sticking to it. It’s so easy to fall back into old routines and habits. So how do you keep with it? Accountability can be a powerful tool in sticking to your new routine. It can be accountability from your ninja, your partner, your best friend, or a coworker. Making changes and starting routines with another person adds another level of wanting to prove that you can do it.
You should keep in mind that hiccups can and will happen. Schedules get crazy and things can fall through the cracks, but you have the ability to get it back on track again. Not doing one part of your routine, or not doing any of your routine for a day is okay. Don’t stress or beat yourself up over it, just do better next time. Hold yourself accountable but don’t be too hard on yourself.
Routines to Think About Starting
There are so many new routines to try this spring. The structure can be such a welcome way to welcome the warm weather of spring. Some of our favorite routines to spring into are:
- A new workout routine to get you moving
- A new morning routine to give you more time to practice more self care
- A new chore routine that gets your family working together to keep the house running smoothly
- A better self care routine that really helps you focus on what you need most
- A better chore routine for your family
- An evening routine that makes your morning routine simpler
No matter what type of routine you plan on starting, go into it confident that you can stick with it. Pair up and hold each other accountable for holding up your new routine. It’s okay for slip-ups to happen, just take it one day at a time and do everything you can to make changes to make your new routine the best it can be for you.
By: Robert Helfst