The Power of Routine
Posted on Tuesday January 7, 2020
New Year, New Me?
We’ve officially made it through another year and another decade!
Is it just me or are the years flying by way too quick? When I think about the past 12 months, it seems they’ve gone by in the blink of an eye. Who else still thinks of the 80’s when they think about 20 years ago. I was recently talking about how it seems not so long ago we were celebrating the new millennium and now here we are, twenty years later, trying to be an adult.
The year came to an end and as always, it is time when we foolishly imagine the beginning of a new year will give you the motivation to reinvent ourselves. For some, the beginning of a new year is not the best time to make major changes because the festive season can be a stressful time. My advice is drop the ‘new year, new me’ goal. Make small changes that become a habit and make the beginning of the new decade about reinvention rather than the first few weeks or months of this year! It may mean that it takes you longer but working on a routine will change your life.
Don’t let that thought overwhelm you, let it inspire you. This is the best time for a new perspective or fresh start.
I personally consider myself an organised person. Well at least I try to be. This is because I found myself getting sucked into the procrastination vortex and decided to make a change.
“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”
You may have read in my previous blogs about mindfulness being the fundamental essence of life and Heraclitus was famous for his insistence on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe. We have the power of creating change. If we do not make changes, change will create us. To be resistant from something that is constant and guaranteed, will not stop it from entering your life.
Life throws curveballs that can sometimes be hard to handle. So learning to identify the best way to balance things and accept changes will help you.
Everyone has unique talents. What people struggle with is the ability to create routines that help us focus and make the most of those talents. The secret to being a high achiever is easier than you’d imagine. It’s all about routine and focus. Making the most of your natural gifts by creating a system to apply your skills in a more focused way.
Even the most successful people of our time have routines they live by and they all differ from each other.
Steve jobs asked himself “If today was the last day of my life would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” When the answer was “no” for too many days in a row he knew he had to change something.
Gandhi would start his day at 4am with prayers and writing followed by breakfast and a brisk morning 5km walk. Gandhi was a true minimalist, eating from small bowls, having very few possessions. His laser-focused approach enabled him to become a prolific writer, a great speaker and a greater politician. His routine enabled him to generate incredible resilience and keep him focused on his goals.
Warren Buffett, the fourth wealthiest person in the world, has a daily routine that includes a lot of reading. In fact, he spends about 80% of his day reading.
Beethoven would spend mornings focusing on his most important work – creating music. He was one of the most recognised and influential musicians, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. Beethoven had a tendency to take frequent, well-timed breaks to avoiding burning out — a trait common to most great achievers.
Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, stuck to a very rigid schedule that always included keeping active – another attribute of highly successful people.
Richard Branson was a firm believer in the importance of keeping active.
Routine. Consistency. Habits.
A routine is to be followed every day in order to become a habit. Routine is chosen by what a person desires and should not be forced. Making changes to your lifestyle may be a challenge at first but the emotional satisfaction you get is worth it.
There are hacks for busy people that will help implement change. These are just a few tips for common resolutions to help make small changes to your lifestyle.
Firstly, and I cannot stress this enough, always hydrate when you wake up. Your body has been fasting through the night so it will hydrate your cells until you have a healthy breakfast.
A few stretches are important for your body to help kick-start your energy levels and to help circulation. You will increase the flexibility in your muscles and joints.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Check out our TEE Time recipe book online for some quick and simple breakfasts. Eating meals will prevent snacking when hungry.
Make a to-do list that is realistic and try to focus on completing it before other tasks. Remember you are your first priority and NO is the new yes! (only when relevant to other peoples tasks!)
Make your life a little more organised but cutting down on your clutter and keep only the things that serve a purpose.
Taking breaks from social media can really benefit you both mentally and physically. By taking steps to reduce stress that stems from the addiction to the ‘connectivity creep’ you are giving yourself chance to focus on real life social interactions. Check out our ‘Digital Detox’ blog for some tips.
Remember to take breaks every couple of hours if you’re working. Your mind and body will appreciate the time out. And don’t be afraid to book some you time, some downtime. A chance for your mind and body to recover, replenish and recharge. We hold retreats every month which include mindful meditation, gently yoga, strength and mobility fitness classes and lots of healthy food, drink and snacks. Head to our events page to find out when the next one is.
Finally, always reward yourself. If you’ve had a busy day, reflect on all your have done and celebrate the wins. Think about the things you haven’t managed to get done and prioritise for the following day or reduce the list.
The tests of willpower can be somewhat daunting when implementing changes to your life but remember the power of routine will help change your life for the better.
So as you set your intentions for the new year, remember to pursue happiness, prioritise self care, take top a new hobby and say yes to things you truly enjoy. Whether it be joining a gym, meditating, eating better foods or even just spending time with loved ones, do it for you.
We’d love to hear about your goals for the year!
Wishing you all the best for 2020!
The LHW Team