The key to creating a healthy routine is to find the things you enjoy and the structure and motivation to follow through. The absolute best way I have found to do this is by making time first thing in the morning.
As soon as you wake up, complete a few personal growth activities (journaling, meditating, exercising, etc.) and plan out your day. If you can wake up just 20 minutes early, you can find the time to do this. 20 minutes before your kids get up, before you have to start getting ready for work, before your responsibilities kick in and you're running all over the house like a mad woman.
This is so doable, and SO impactful.
My challenge to you is for each of the next 21 days, wake up 20 minutes earlier. No matter how late you get to bed, no matter how much you toss and turn throughout the night, your body will benefit so much more from doing these activities than from that extra 20 minutes. And if you can, stretch it! 30 minutes, maybe even an hour. The more you practice, the easier it will become, and you'll see results that much faster.
So here's your first assignment. Your orientation, if you will.
- Grab a whiteboard, a calendar, a journal, a piece of scratch paper, whatever, and make 21 boxes.
- Put a check in them for each day you wake up at least 20 minutes early.
- Remember, this time is flexible, but my suggestion with the best way to use it is by completing at least 1 personal growth activity, doing your activity for the day from this course you're in right now, and making a plan of attack. You've got your starter kit handy, right? Which meal templates will you be using? At what times? I suggest you use your meals as a starting off point for your overall structure and go from there.
- The more you practice, the clearer your healthy routine will become. And as you go through the next 21 days worth of activities, experiment! Note which activities you like and want to make a part of your daily or weekly routine, and which ones you could do without. Which ones speak to you? Which ones have an effect on your body and/or mind?
- Experiment, have fun, and start creating your healthy routine.
- Wake up at least 20 minutes early every day for the next 21 days.
- Use this time to complete 1 personal growth activity, your activity for the day from this course, and to create a plan of attack for the day ahead.
- Make a note of which activities from this course you love, and which ones you wouldn't miss. Also, which ones have the greatest impact on your body and mind.
- Start compiling all of this information to create your healthy routine.
- Structure your day around your meals (at least to begin with).
Days 1-4: Balance Your Life
- Download your Balance Your Life Packet. (Click here or on the sample image above.) This packet is set up chronologically so every day you will complete 1 or 2 of the pages.
- Go through the Make Space For A Positive Mindset Exercise. This exercise is all about setting the foundation for your success. In fact, this first packet is about setting your foundation. When your body and mind are in a positive place, everything else - all your other goals and desires - fall into place so much more quickly and easily.
- Brainstorm and jot down at least 1 way you can work on improving each category in the "Let Go Of" column, and the "Make Space For" column.
Negative Self Talk - Every time I catch myself thinking something negative about myself, my goals, etc. I will think of one positive thing about myself or recite one goal I have.
Limiting Beliefs - I will rewrite one limiting belief every day.
Today: Instead of "I don't have enough self-discipline," I'll think of one time I have followed through and rework that limiting belief so my new belief is "I have the personal power, emotional support, and self-respect to follow through with any goal or task I want to accomplish."
- Complete the Manifest Your Desires And Ideals Exercise. All of the steps are listed within the exercise itself found in your packet.
- Complete at least 1 of the Top Three Positive Psychology Exercises.
- Check in with yourself. How do you feel? Have you noticed any positive (or even negative) differences in your thoughts, emotions, body, energy, etc. since you started?