Make The Day Yours — How To Create Your Perfect Routine
A new semester, month, or season is the perfect time to reassess your daily routines + adjust as needed. Normally, once you establish a routine, you try your hardest to stick to it religiously. But, what if your routine no longer works for you? As your life changes [whether it’s a new semester, job, season, etc.] your routines should change as well!
How do you know if you need to change things up or not? Elisabeth has talked about *feeling stuck* + needing a change in this blog post + was featured on a podcast episode about it [which you can listen to here].
Basically, if you’re finding it difficult to keep up with your routine — stop + re-evaluate. Ask yourself: is this routine helping me be more productive, positive, at ease? If your routine feels more like a chore that you HAVE to complete, it might not be serving you anymore. If that’s the case, here’s how you can go about creating a new routine.
At CHAARG, we believe in S.M.A.R.T goals — if you want to create or change your daily routines, you have to make specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, + time-based goals! Start off with small changes each day//week. We know we’re about to give you a lot of info, so we wanted to provide a recap of links to help you create your new goals.
1] Creating a routine — CHAARG Podcast episode on finding your perfect routine
2] Morning routine guide — How to wake up refreshed + ready to take on the day
3] Evening routine guide — How to sleep easier + wake up refreshed
4] Guide to changing your routine every day — How to make daily changes to go with a busy schedule
CREATING A MORNING + EVENING ROUTINE
The beauty about routines is they are 100% customizable to YOU. Think of them as the time you plan to set aside each day to do things you enjoy.
When thinking about creating a morning routine, you want to give yourself some time to prepare for the day ahead. Whether this means working out to get your blood flowin’ or journaling to get your brain turned on, your morning routine is 100% up to you. If you’re not sure what you’re perfect routine looks like, listen to the CHAARG podcast episode here centered around creating the perfect morning flow for some inspo.
If you operate on different daily schedules [hello, college] perhaps having a different daily routine can serve you better. With this, you can optimize every second of each day to whatever you may need. This is also a great way to introduce yourself to creating routines as you’ll be able to try out different things each day — here’s your guide to changing your routine daily.
If you struggle to fall asleep, creating a relaxing evening routine can be the difference between tossing + turning all night ++ getting a good night’s sleep. Here are some of our best tips to create an evening routine that will have you sleeping in no time.
WHY YOU SHOULD ADJUST YOUR ROUTINES
Your body has its own internal clock — try not to go against it! For example, if you are most productive in the evenings, waking up extra early to get your workout in before work isn’t the most beneficial. Instead, plan your schedule to do things at optimal times. This might mean completely changing your schedule around. For those of us who enjoy consistency, this might cause some anxiety, but once you get into a routine that works for you, you’ll feel so much better.
I’ve always admired people who woke up at the crack of dawn + had a structured morning routine. Last summer, I tried to become one of these ladies — I planned to set my alarm for 6 AM, make coffee, + journal//read. What really ended up happening was I’d snooze my alarm + have to run out the door to get to work. This would ruin my mornings as I’d feel guilty about skipping out on my morning routine.
I know now, a routine like this will probably never work for me in the summer — I tend to want to sleep in since I’m usually staying up much later with the sunshine going into late hours. I also learned that I love journaling//doing yoga in the evening. When I do these things first thing, I find myself disconnected, worried about my day ahead, ++ unable to focus.
By knowing the above things about myself, I can create a routine for each season to benefit me most. For example, I should make my winter schedule with workouts, cleaning, + errands in the morning + yoga at night. In the summer, I should move my workouts + everything else into the afternoon // evening. By knowing when you’re most productive, you can set yourself up for the best possible chance at success.
MAKE DRASTIC CHANGES IF NEEDED
Change is hard — we get it! If you’re wanting to switch your routine dramatically [early morning workouts to evening] try signing up for a fitness class. You’ll be more inspired to go if you pay for it + you can go to the same class each week to get into a groove. Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to your class every week.
Again, routines are made for you — there’s no *secret* to when // how you should create a new routine. The best suggestion is to add things to your day that make you smile + happy. Remember to be smart about your goals//intentions in the new year! ; )