Now that your new morning schedule is set, it’s time not only to put it into practice, but to make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? Because you want to make sure that your new plan is infallibly put into action every morning, and turning it into a routine is the best way to make sure that this happens.
Before something becomes a habit or routine, it takes a lot of willpower to make things happen. This is energy that you will need for other things during the morning and the busy rest of the day. Yes, in the beginning it takes some willpower, mental energy and drive to create the new morning habits, but once they are established, it automatically becomes like brushing your teeth before bedtime.
Once you have developed a good working morning routine, you should stick to it for a few weeks. This is the best way to make it a strong habit. Soon it will feel like the new norm and you won’t have to remember to do every thing along the way. It will have become a habit and routine that you will automatically follow. It will take much less effort and mental encouragement to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30-minute run or if you get up at the crack of dawn to work for an hour on your most important business task.
Watch out for moments when you fall back into your old habits and routines. It will happen. The key is to recognize it early and get back on track as soon as possible. For example, suppose you’ve done well waking up 30 minutes early and taking a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and never make it out. Or the weather gets too bad, you get sick or injured, or something else comes up that stops you from doing that run. That is life. It happens. The important thing is what you decide the next morning.
Your most important task when life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the interruption. If the weather is bad, work out quickly at home or go to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to do a few minutes of meditation or something to build your business before you return for the rest of the day. The most important thing is to get back to your normal morning routine as soon as possible. If possible, go back to your new habits the next morning. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until the routine is back on track. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.