11 Mar Daily Routine: Expectations vs Reality
Have you ever tried to establish a daily routine just to have your results fall flat? Achieving goals through good daily routines are the result of a carefully planned and practiced set of habits.
Having a routine helps you achieve goals. Your routine makes you familiar with what it takes to achieve your goal. It also removes the time for actions, habits, and activities that would cause you to not achieve the goal.
Planning a daily routine consists of identifying tasks and actions. What actions would you need to take to achieve your goal? This will help you work those into a regular habit.
Planning an action daily helps you with accountability. You know when you’ve done it and when you haven’t. It also helps with the stress of managing your day. If you know what you’re supposed to be doing and when, it removes the need for worry. You don’t have to figure out how to fit all the healthy habits you want to have into your day. You only take the right action at the right time.
A number of books have recently been written about this subject.
In the book “The Power of Habit,” author Charles Duhig explains that creating a habit out of a daily routine can help you get powerful results. The coach of gold medalist Michael Phelps helped him visualize his routine. He told him to practice his competition routine in his head, over and over, until he could do it perfectly in his mind and with his eyes closed. When the time came to get into the pool, he knew exactly what to do and when to reach his goal. He had created a plan.
Similar results are found in Roy F. Baumeister’s “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.” According to research by psychologists, practicing an action over and over again creates a form of muscle memory. It removes the need to think actively about what to do and when. Actions practiced habitually actually use up less glucose in the brain. Once a habit is formed, it is easier to keep doing it than making the decisions about whether to take individual actions throughout your day.
How to make a daily routine
Some good daily routine examples can be found in Hal Elrod’s “Miracle Morning.” He says that he created an early morning routine to help him recover from a car crash. He suggests practicing each of 6 areas for 10 minutes each for the best results:
- scribing (writing/journaling)
While some of Hal’s recommendations are very specific, like waking up at or before 5am, they may not work for everyone. The benefit of making a daily routine is that it’s yours.
The reason a routine works often is because it involves self-care. If you take care of yourself, you feel better, and have more energy, time, and focus for other important things, then it works. Planning a daily routine around these goals can help ensure that they will work.
What happens if you fall off your routine?
One challenge of creating a daily routine is that life changes. Something may disrupt your routine, and then you have to find an alternate solution. Or maybe the habit your created isn’t getting the results planned.
That’s okay! It happens a lot. The important part is to keep in mind that because you’re the one you’re creating the daily routine for, you can be flexible. If it doesn’t work, revisit what might work.
The benefit of starting a routine is that you will have learned something and can make it better with every change you make.
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