Why hello!!! Today I’m writing about how I plan to establish a successful daily routine. With life being so hectic, I think us gals could all use a bit of better planning in our day-to-day lives. I personally have trouble getting to sleep at night just thinking about all the things I have yet to accomplish!
“So many things to do, so little time.”
Those are the things I tell myself.
In reality, we all have things we can improve on to make more room for the important tasks. The problem is, over the years we develop habits that no longer suit us. In my twenties, it was fine for me to eat what I wanted and binge watch tv to my heart’s desire, but I also had no idea what I really wanted from life. As a gal in my thirties, I know what I want for my life now and in the future.
Even when we realize it is necessary to mix it up and make different choices, it is the real daily change that causes the most anxiety and stress. Trust me, I am the worst offender of this.
I’ve realized for a long time that I am basically a slave to my own bad habits. For instance, waking up early in the morning is the absolute worst for me. Every night I have the best intentions, but the sun pops up the next day and I think of every excuse in the book to stop myself from feeling bad about not getting up by 6 am.
The last few weeks have me thinking why I struggle. After some much needed thought, research and soul searching, I have my answer.
Simply put, I am resistant to change itself.
It is not easy for me to write this, much less say it.
I do believe in the law of attraction and positive thinking, but those alone aren’t enough to change habits. The thing I really lack is persistence and commitment.
I’m sure you’ve been there too (hopefully I’m not alone!) You say you wanna change, but give it a month or so and you’re back to square one. For me, it’s even worse. I’ll give it like a week…tops. And what’s worse is, I feel shameful about that.
As I said in my previous posts, I created a blog to first document this transformation. But to avoid letting past failures and shame get to me, I’ve got to do the work too.
It’s a vicious cycle. But that’s about to end. I am committing to a more planned approach that I’ve not done before. In the past, I’ve relied solely on my mental attitude and will to get me through. However, as emotional as I am, it is not always the best idea to just wing it.
My Road to Better Daily Commitments
- Starting small. This time around I don’t want to make any huge, grand changes. For now I’m sticking to waking up just an hour earlier than I normally do. Overwhelm myself and I’ll be back to my old ways, which I don’t want! With every couple of weeks, I plan to slowly add a small routine change.
- Tell people about my goals. I usually avoid telling people anything because I already know in my heart that I might renege later. From my community college days, I remember my professor saying humans are more likely to be successful with their goals if they write it down and tell people about it. So, each night before bedtime I discuss it with my boyfriend so he can help keep me accountable.
- Be excited about it. I guess another reason I fail at change is because I see it as a chore. I’m really trying this time around to affirm a mental state of excitement to pump me up!
If you read my last post on tracking daily habits, I created a habit tracking printable to use. However, I realize I need something more specific to refer to on the daily. So, I created a really cute daily planner! I’m still going to utilize the habit tracker, but as time goes on, that might change as understand which one(s) fit better with how I want to organize my various goals and to-do’s.
Are you on your own transformation journey? I’d love to know any tips and things you find helpful in your quest! Comment below!
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
Peter F. Drucker