#013: How to Thrive with a Routine

In this episode, Nikki, will share with you how having a routine will actually make you feel more free and become more successful. She will also share the importance of a routine during any transition. Nikki will give an example of her own routine to help your creative juices to flow to come up with your own! She mentions a book and the following link will take you to that book kit.com/M2B/m2b-team-favorites

 

Host: Nikki Romani

We as humans need routine. We need structure. When we don’t have routine, we feel lost, sometimes unmotivated, no sense of direction. Think of a child who doesn’t have a routine. They misbehave, run around wild, and are unsure of themselves. We are this way as adults. We may not be running around with our hands flailing in the air, but our minds may feel that discombobulated and all over the place!

 

It’s especially important to have structure and routine during transition. Transitions are a time of stepping into the unknown, stepping into something new. You experience change. And with change and a new experience you can feel at a loss, feel unsure. But when you have some type of routine during this time, you can feel more grounded and have a sense of direction. Say you are moving to a new city, you can still set a bedtime to stick to each day. You can still read before you go to bed. You can still wake up around the same time each day. There are ways you can create a routine in the midst of change.

 

With a routine, you will feel more secure about your surrounds and yourself. You will find you have more freedom because you will have the structure to be able to do the things you want to, have a sense of pride because you are able to accomplish more, and be able to thrive while doing it.

 

Let me give you an example of a routine by using my own. Disclaimer, this took time to figure out. I had to experiment and figure out what worked best for me!

 

Your routine starts the night before so at night I

  • Make my schedule for the following day. This includes an estimate of the actual time I will be doing each tasks. And I start with writing down the time I wake up.
  • Lay out my clothes for the gym
  • Fill my water bottle that I take with me to the gym
  • Have a plan of what I will be eating for food
  • And have a goal of how much water I am going to drink the next day. Drinking water is so so important. I try to drink at least half my body weight in ounces, but I try to drink a bit more. I feel more alert when I do!

I do all of this before 9pm. Then I put my phone on airplane mode and set it to the side. It’s good to not have any screen time an hour to 30 minutes before you go to sleep, because the blue light of the screen stimulates your eyes and makes it harder for you to fall asleep and have good quality sleep.

 

I grab a book and read for 30 minutes and go to sleep by 9:30pm.

 

I know I need at least 8 hours of sleep so since I get up at 5:30am, I know I need to sleep by 9:30 to get those full 8 hours. I found this out by experimenting with bedtimes and wake up times. And I found I feel my best when I go to bed early and wake up early and get at least 8 hours.

Upon waking up in the morning, I put on my clothes that I have already laid out for myself the night before, grab my water bottle and head to the gym to make a 6am class. I work out for an hour, come home shower, make coffee, and have quiet time with Jesus. And it’s not until after my quiet time that I turn my phone off of airplane mode. A friend of mine once told me this is my sacred space. And she was so right! This is me time. No one can interrupt me. I have to be honest, there are some days this morning routine doesn’t happen, but let me tell you, I feel a little off, not grounded, and don’t thrive like I do when I do this routine and have my scared time.

 

This all came with experimenting and took time. I was not always a morning person, but the more personal development books I read, and the more I heard of successful people having a morning routine, the more I wanted to try it. And let me tell you, it has changed my life! I feel awesome! A book I recommend which takes about a morning routine is called, Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. https://kit.com/M2B/m2b-team-favorites

 

You need to figure out what works for you! Maybe you like your quiet time in the evening. That is perfectly ok. Maybe you enjoy working out in the evening. That is ok too. But you need to find your sacred space and do this each and every day so it becomes a habit. Try a certain routine for a couple weeks. If it doesn't end up working out, switch it up a bit. Change your bedtime, or the time you wake up. Whatever you need to do, but try it out for a week or so before completely changing it.

 

I am all about routines because I have seen how they have helped me become a better version of myself and become much more productive! Because I have created a routine for myself, I have been able to get much more done each day. It’s honestly really refreshing! I feel so accomplished at the end of the day! And I am excited for the next day!

 

I hope this has been helpful for you and you have gained a new appreciation and perspective for routine! That with routine comes freedom and success!

 

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