Creating routines and habits for the morning is a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move forward without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it. This is a good thing. But it can also be a dangerous thing if you focus on the wrong things and have the habit of doing things that don’t help you achieve your goals.
When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and wonder if it works as well as it could work. More importantly, once a routine and a set of habits are firmly established, it is easy to continue even when circumstances change. Therefore, it is important to take some time from time to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine.
Take a little time every few weeks or even months to check your routine. Write it down in your calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long, and in the long run it will be a very valuable exercise. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well in the past weeks and months does not mean that it will continue to do so. Which brings up a good point…
When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any other routine or habit you have worked on in this matter), ask yourself this:
Does it work? Does it really work well? If so, just keep going. If not, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular time.
Another way to look at it is to find out what you love and hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you are as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.
Remember that this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances and the people in your life change and evolve. Accept the changes and consider them as a sign that you are making progress.
Continue to refine and improve your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Perhaps you have started by making exercise a priority for the day. As time passes and you get fitter and take time later in the day, your focus could shift to meditation or learning a new language. Develop yourself, change constantly and use the precious first hours of each day to bring about a positive change in yourself and those around you.