As humans we thrive when we have structure and routine. I know some of you reading this may be thinking, that’s not me. I like to be free and have variety! Have you been around children who don’t have structure? What are they like? Most likely they are misbehaving, and running wild. Think of a child who has a routine from the moment they wake up. They are most likely well-behaved, but also successful, and eager for more.
We are this way as adults. When we don’t have a schedule, we can feel lost, have no sense of direction, and feel stuck. We may not be running around wild, but we may feel this way in our minds.
Routine and structure are extremely important during any transition. As a missionary who is retuning home, you are entering into a huge transition. You may feel different, but you are stepping into surroundings that seem the same as when you left. Although it is important to give yourself time to process what you just experienced and step out of this dream-like realm, you need structure.
Structure and routine will help you to move along in this transition and process it in a healthy way. Transitions are times of stepping out of comforts and into something new. Everything around you is changing, so creating a routine that can remain the same will help to ground you and not make you feel as lost.
Your routine starts the night before. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it as best you can. Get your schedule ready for the next day. Set the clothes out that you will be wearing. Make a plan as to the foods you will be eating the next day.
I will use my own routine to give you an idea.
The night before I write out my schedule for the following day. I set my clothes out for the gym and fill up a water bottle. And I do this before 9pm.
By 9pm, I am in bed with my phone on airplane mode and set to the side. I grab a book and read for 30 minutes before going to sleep at 9:30pm.
My alarm goes off at 5:30am. I get up and get ready to go to the gym by 6am. I work out for an hour and then come home, shower, have coffee, and then quiet time with Jesus. It’s not until my Jesus time is over that I turn my phone off of airplane mode. I had a friend call this “sacred space.” It’s the time in my day just for me. This is a great way to start your day because you are important and in order to serve others, you need to make sure your needs are met first and foremost. Find your sacred space where no one can bother you.
This is my routine and when I do this the rest of my day is more successful than when I don’t. I must say there are days I do not do this routine, but I notice throughout the day I am not as productive, I feel a little lost, and don’t know what direction I’m going. Honestly, setting a routine that works for you is HUGE!! Maybe you are a night person and you would rather have quiet time in the evening. It took me experimenting and trying different schedules to find the one that works for me! I realized I need at least 8 hours of sleep to feel my best and I really enjoy working out in the morning because it gets me going and I feel accomplished.
I have read about many success people having morning routines and once they started these routines their businesses and success sky-rocketed. And now some of these people are millionaires and billionaires.
Now it’s your turn to do some experimenting. Find what works best for you and stick to it for a couple of weeks! Give yourself time to get into this routine. And if it doesn’t work out, thats ok! Try something else. Switch something around, like your bedtime. You can do this. And let me tell you, you will feel more free and more grounded and set in a direction that has you thriving!
For more details on this subject, tune into “The Great Return” podcast episode 013! Or leave a comment below and we will do our best to answer any questions you have!
Here’s to a thriving life!