For the last couple of years, I have struggled with coming up with a routine of any sort, morning or evening. I mean, I always had one before coming to Uni, but that's also because most of my younger years were spent at various boarding schools and having a morning and evening routine wasn't a choice. It was one of those survival things. (Shout out to all my boarding school people and LIKE if you can relate.) You knew exactly when to wake up and shower, what time inspection would be, the time you had to go and eat, classes, sport and so on. It was drilled into you from the first day of classes. #boardingschoolstruggles
I digress, I've been trying to develop a good reason to have a routine, and I honestly struggled to come up with one. Which probably explains why I haven't been able to keep one for the last couple of months. That is until I went home (Zimbabwe) a couple of weeks ago. My parents had a routine, my nana had one, and even my little niece had one, which got me thinking... What is the difference between a person with a morning routine and one without one?
With that experience in mind, I started looking at the definitions of a routine. I watched an unhealthy amount of YouTube videos and listened to podcasts of routines that people swore by. After about a week of this, I stumbled upon something exciting; people didn't have routines because they have all this free time to spend or even had a super tedious, repetitive life that accommodated for the Routine Lifestyle. Most people had pretty unpredictable schedules during the day and some in the evenings as well, which completely threw me off because the excuses I always gave for not having a routine were that I was too busy or things were too unpredictable for me to have one. But now I couldn't have that an excuse.
Needless to say that I learned a lot about the importance of having a routine, and I feel I should share 4 THINGS I LEARNT ABOUT HAVING A MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINE.
1. Establishing a routine reaps long-term benefits.
The first week of my morning routine was the worst. I hated waking up early and having to do all these annoying extra little things. Sometimes all I wanted to do was sleep in and watch Netflix or better yet go through my Instagram feed and insta stalk, but that wasn't an option. The thing that kept me going was that I needed to prove to myself that I could do it, and I'm in week 3, and so far, we are okay. I survived.
When I started, it was work, and I felt like I didn't have time, but now that I've done it, I've realized have the routine has given me more time to focus on the essential things: self-care, meditation, and prayer, goal setting, exercise...etc. These are all things that I will be grateful I did now rather than later on in the future.
A routine negates the act of having to will or motivates yourself to do something. ... That is why relying on routine to accomplish tasks is a lot easier than relying on willpower and motivation. Yes, when establishing a routine, you do have to will and motivate yourself to get stick the routine - somewhere on the World Wide Web
2. Do what works for you.
When coming up with the routine, I learned the hard way that some things work for different people, but that might not necessarily work for me. For example, I am not an evening showered, and who then skips the morning shower thing... naaaaah, it does not work like that for me. Also, the gym every day is a gospel I haven't been given yet... ISSA NOT FAM