making routines do-able

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Routines are so helpful in so many ways, but if you can’t actually implement your routine, you’ve got a problem. Routines need to be do-able. You need to be able to do what you say you are going to do. Otherwise you will be left feeling overwhelmed and upset and probably beat yourself up for not sticking to your plan.

In today’s post I’m going to talk about how to make your routines do-able.

step one | compelling reason

It’s always good to star with why. You have to get super clear on your end result. What purpose is the routine serving you? Why do you want to get all these tasks done at this time? How is that going to make you feel? Why do you want to feel that way?

When you are wondering why, you have to keep asking why until you can’t ask why any more.

For instance, if you want to blow through your morning tasks so you can have the afternoon off, WHY? Maybe it’s so you can work on your knitting project. WHY? Because you think knitting is fun and this one is going so well you could probably sell it. WHY? Because having a hobby business is fun. WHY? Because it gives you extra money. WHY? So you can buy organic and gluten free food. WHY? So you can feel better. WHY? So you can be a better mom, a better wife, a better friend. WHY? So you want to show up and be with everyone. WHY? Because that is what life is all about, creating connections and memories.

Who knew?

Do this for yourself.

Keep asking WHY.

Find your compelling reason.

Do your morning routine so you can get to the place of creating connections and making memories, or whatever that place is for you.

step two | small

After you have your compelling reason, you know why you want to do your routine in the first place. Now you need to make sure you start small so you can easily do it.

When I say small, I mean small. I don’t care if you only do one thing a day. When the kids are eating breakfast, unload the dishwasher. EVERY TIME. Make it a habit. Every day do one task at the same time so it’s consistent. This makes it easy for your brain to create the habit so it’s automatic.

step three | smaller

You’re wondering how you take one task and make it smaller. Well, here’s the thing. If you are creating your morning routine and you really want to workout but everyday you find yourself not working out, you need to make your task of working out smaller.

Think about all the steps it takes to workout. First you have to decide to workout. Then you have to get dressed to workout. Then you have to go to where you are going to workout. If working out is new for you, you might be exhausted before you even start working out!

This is where you make it smaller.

On day one the only thing you do is you put on your workout clothes. Just sit in them for five minutes. That’s it.

On day two put on your clothes and go sit in your car. Don’t even drive anywhere yet. If you’re working out at home, go sit on your yoga mat or your bike, or wherever you’re going to workout.

On day three take it one sep further. You inch your way into the task.

What this does for you

It might seem pointless to only put on your workout clothes the first day, but imagine what you would be doing at the end of the month?

This is called the compound effect.

You do one thing and you keep adding to it. It creates momentum, and when you have momentum things get easier.

Day one is going to be really hard. You aren’t going to want to do it because it’s going to feel pointless. But when you add up all the tasks at the end of the month, it’s totally going to be worth it.

Break down your tasks so they are easy to do, and then do them even if you don’t feel like doing them. This makes your routines do-able.