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Our habits and how they’re formed
We are creatures of habit. We do and are drawn to things that we’re used to. But what if you’re drawn to unhealthy habits and you want to change it?
One way to undo the unhealthy habit is by replacing the routine. This concept comes from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (I highly recommend this book!). There is three part to a habit – the cue, the routine, and the reward. The cue is where the habit it triggered. The reward is what you do once the habit it triggered. The reward is what you gain once the cycle is completed.
Changing the habit
Morning and night routines are tools to change your habit. It helps to replace old habits with new or productive ones.
I used to wake up in the morning and let the day dictate itself. With the routines in place, I am in control of my day and manage it the way I see fit.
A few weeks ago, I realized that I watch Youtube A LOT. Morning and evening, I was stuck to my iPad and/or laptop watching random videos. It wasn’t productive. At the end of the day, I was wondering why I didn’t make much progress with my tasks. I realized I needed to change this habit.
In this case, I needed to change my routine. When the trigger (boredom) came up, instead of watching Youtube, I watched courses on Skillshare. I gained valuable information instead of seeking entertainment. I’ve been loving the outcome of it. I feel more productive and empowered.
My current routines for a productive day
My morning routine is structured since I enjoy being productive during the first part of my day.
- Get ready – 10 minutes When the alarm goes off, I immediately get ready as if I’m leaving to go to the gym. I brush my teeth, wash my face, moisturize, put on contacts and do my hair. Getting ready first thing in the morning prompts my brain to get ready mentally as well as physically.
- Learn – 20-30 minutes I turn on my Skillshare or other online courses to get my brain fed. There are so many things I’d love to learn and this is one way I’m discovering new things and absorbing content.
- Listen to books or podcast or energizing music – 30 minutes I turn on the podcast or listen to the Bible or listen to music while I walk 15 minutes to my gym. This energizes my brain as I listen to encouraging and inspiring messages. I’ve been loving is Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup.
- Workout – 1 hour I’ve been loving spin class lately. There’s one instructor that I love in particular. Somewhere in her workout, she tells us to set our intention for the day. I love it because it’s a reminder to be intentional with my day. I set the mood and the tone of my day.
- Get ready for work – 15-30 minutes Once I get home, I get ready to work from my computer! I take a shower, fix my hair, do and my skin care.
My evening routine is more relaxed and to help set up for my morning routine.
- Go for a walk – 30 minutes – 1 hour I’m typically cooped in the apartment since I work from home all day long. My husband and I have a routine of going for a walk after we are done with work. It’s a good time to stretch our legs and get some fresh air.
- Relax and reconnect – 1-2 hours This is the time I reconnect with my husband. Sometimes this happens while we’re going for a walk. We talk about our dreams, goals, struggles, and any day to day details. We snuggle on the couch, eat dinner and/or watch Netflix/Prime Video.
- Tidy up – 10-30 minutes Cleaning up the space is really important because it sets my morning routine to a great start. When the place is tidy, I can dive into my morning routine instantly instead of feeling uneasy and needing to declutter the place.
- Get ready for bed – 30 minutes I take a shower, brush my teeth and floss, and put on my evening skin care.
- Read – 15-30 minutes Reading at night has been highly beneficial to my evening routine. It relaxes my eyes and body as well as educate my brain. Lately, I’ve been reading Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever.
A habit can be easily replaced by changing your routine. Implementing a morning and night routine is a great start. Start your routine today! How does your morning/evening routine look like? I’d love to know!
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