There’s no doubt that the way we start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, either positively or negatively. And that’s the same when it comes to the whole year. So, with a healthy routine/start of the year, we can increase productivity, reduce stress, increase motivation, and more.
Dear reader, I think you’ll agree that there’s nothing better than a good productive day, week, month, or even year without a plan.
Sometimes it seems impossible, but you need a good routine to enjoy a productive day with good results. And that’s what I’m working towards this year!
Whenever we think we have time for everything, I’ve noticed that we do almost nothing. I remember the days when I didn’t have to get up early for work and was home all day after my daughter left for kindergarten, and I thought, Why would I plan anything? I am home, so I’ll do everything! Oh man, that was the worst.
We all may hate to hear it, but the painful truth is that routines are essential. You’ll find that they help reduce stress, improve your mental health, get things done systematically, and even bring happiness!
The art of sticking to a healthy routine is less noticeable there.
One thing that has always helped me juggle motherhood, work, and even this little nook (Zipporah Brathen blog) when I have time is understanding the essential things in life. In other words: What do I want to accomplish by the end of the day? After I outline them, I can prioritize and make them a habit.
Now that we’ve had the opportunity to experience the New Year, it’s high time to take advantage of this potential and develop a healthy routine. A routine that will help us achieve our goals.
Below are a few tips to help precisely do that!
Healthy routine tips
#1 Get up early
Yes, I know; I’ve mentioned this before. But you know why? This is one main factor that makes everything possible for what I have to do every day!
You don’t have to get up with the sun every morning, but waking up at a reasonable (early) hour is essential for an optimal healthy routine.
Our bodies and brains follow the rhythms we create that help regulate the rhythm of sleep and wakefulness set by our natural environment, especially the sun’s rising and setting.
Therefore, following the body’s natural rhythm is easy to maximize productivity and overall health.
#2 Create a routine that suits you
We agree that we don’t have the exact schedules or responsibilities. Also, some of us struggle with certain parts of daily life more than others. For example, we all know that a healthy routine includes eating a nutritious diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep, but no two routines are precisely alike. So your routine may not even be the same every day. So if you know what your goals are, you can best know which routine is good for you.
#3 Take small steps
You don’t have to commit to big and bold steps because all you have to do is take one small action at a time. So be consistent, and eventually, it will become a habit.
#4 Make a plan
When I first started planning my days in earnest, it was the first day I enrolled in school. You know how you prepare for the first day and make sure you have everything you need in the correct order before you start. So that’s precisely how you have to look at it.
#5 Give it time
When we try to adopt a specific routine, we fall out of it after a short time. The reason is that we don’t give it time. Healthy practices don’t form immediately. To understand, it usually takes some time to develop a lasting habit.
#6 Pat your back for minor improvements
You have decided to start the routine, have your first day, and persevere; you deserve to pat yourself on the back.