Maintaining a “routine” can make us feel safe or the opposite and cause us to long for more spice in our lives. What if you’re somewhere in the middle and want some consistency, but you get trapped in the day-to-day activities that prevent us from following through, leaving us frustrated? If we’re being honest, leaning more toward the “routine” way of living ensures we accomplish our daily tasks with fewer items falling through the cracks.
It is possible to have a routine without it being tedious. Also, repeating tasks will be easier to delegate where appropriate when defined. Otherwise, the task, which could be very important, may not be accomplished because you thought someone else was doing it. Those are the types of things that can keep you up at night.
Start small with one routine if you don’t have any daily habits, which would be rare. You’ll have more than one routine tied to different things you want to accomplish.
Some suggestions to kick start the process of setting a routine that works:
Set An Initial Desired Objective
We know that the gyms have their highest level of attaining new members every January, and then people drop off by February. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of jumping in with both feet and doing so much that you injure yourself or find it so difficult to keep up that you quit quickly.
Layout a Plan
- Start small and take daily walks until you can build up your stamina.
- Pick a time of day that works best for you. Many find the early morning the best time as it increases blood flow to jumpstart your day. And if you set this task for later in the day, it’s easier to blow off the walking if you get bogged down with other things.
Once you feel comfortable walking, you can incorporate other exercises, such as strength training. Remember to take it slow; this routine can develop into a lifelong habit you’ll look forward to completing every day.
Incorporate the Necessary Tools
Get Excited About Your Progress
Make it More Enjoyable
Do you have a podcast you’ve always wanted to hear? Make it a part of your walk so that you can listen but still be aware of your surroundings.
A Prize at the End
Now that you know how to set up a routine for exercise, it’s easy to apply it to other aspects of your personal and professional life.