In a fast paced world it can be essential to build routines that help you refocus, plan and dedicate yourself some time to be in your own space. You wake-up, snooze the alarm, get dressed for work, eat breakfast and head out the door for work. You work your typical eight hours or more. Then, you arrive home after a stressful day and you decide to relax for the rest of the day watching television. Seems harmless, right? Well, I have a suggestion. What if you wake up an hour earlier and dedicate the time to work on a few uplifting habits? Sounds challenging when you love to sleep but imagine the long-term affects a morning routine can have for you. A morning routine consists of a ritual or habit(s) you perform in the morning before going out to work, day care, school or wherever you need to be or do.
A Morning Routine Can be as Simple as Drinking some Tea and Planning out Your Goals for the Day
When it comes to building a morning routine, there is no need to overthink it. Just think about, what is one habit or two you would like to complete before heading out to work? Is it exercising or journaling? Whatever it is, you want it for a reason. Focusing on the want can help motivate you. These small habits can help build towards your long or short term goals. An example would be, “I want to lose 20 pounds in 8 months.” One could begin with drinking one glass of water after waking up, journaling, setting a goal for the day, and 15 minutes of exercise as a morning routine. Once that builds over time it can aid with the 20 pound weight loss goal. It may not seem as much but overtime it makes a huge difference.
66 Days to Build a Habit
Maxwell Maltz, who was a surgeon in the 1950’s wrote a book called, Psycho-Cybernetics. In this book he talked about how it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit. Key word here is MINIMUM. He was simply stating his observations and many took this number to be a hard rule. In reality, it takes a total of 66 days to form a new habit. This number comes from, Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London. Her research team conducted a study of 96 people and tracked their new habit formations over a period of 12-weeks. The research was published on the European Journal of Social Psychology. In Lally’s study it took from 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit. Noting this is important to ensure you do not shame yourself when the routine is not followed through. Be as consistent as possible but don’t feel bad about it. Accept it and move on. With time it will get easier.
Who Should Have a Morning Routine?
Anyone who wants to build morning habits that are not yet practiced should build a morning routine. It doesn’t have to be a morning routine but an afternoon or evening one. It’s up to you! Routines lead to forming habits and certain habits can help with your goals. Think of why and who you want to be after this new routine is established and built into your life.
Have you built a routine of some sort to help build life-long habits? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.