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Mastery Mondays

Personal Development

Building Good Routines

If there’s one thing I can promise you about yourself, it’s that you live in a series of routines.


They may be big and obvious, or small and seemingly insignificant - but they’re there. Humans are creatures of habit through and through, and your routines make up most of your life. It’s for this reason that building healthy routines is so important.


As the weather changes and we enter into a new season - of life and of the year, it’s the perfect time to explore the ways in which changing routines may be a good idea. Building healthy routines starts by vision casting - by taking the time to understand and explore what it looks like to live like you want to.


Daydream a little. What would your ideal day look like? What do you want to do first thing out of bed in the morning, and how do you want to go to bed at night? Ask yourself these very real, honest questions, and consider what it would take to make them happen.


Go slow. You can’t change your instincts overnight, and taking the time to do it properly will be well worth it. One thing at a time, challenge yourself each week to make a shift towards a different kind of life.


Over time, the pieces will fall into place. You’ll how the routines change the outcome, and the process becomes whole as you change with it. 


Your dream life isn’t out of reach. But it’s not something you can get to by the flick of a switch or the press of a button. It is a slow process, or growth and greatness and journeying. 

Recommended Book

The Little Book of Daily Rituals

Jan 09, 2020
ISBN: 9781787836303

Interesting Fact #1

Creating routines for your mental health can actually help alleviate severe amounts of stress and anxiety.


Interesting Fact #2

The best way to make health consistent is to make it a habit.


Interesting Fact #3

Routines are one of the best way to manage your time.


Quote of the day

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

- Mike Murdock

Article of the day - 8 steps to create a healthy routine

Work, paying bills, cleaning, cooking, shopping, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking care of children are just some of the things millions of Americans do each day and it is easy to be overwhelmed. It can feel impossible to get everything done, let alone take care of yourself – especially if you’re already struggling with a mental health concern like depression or anxiety. By creating routines, we organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves becomes a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them

Fast Facts

  • When it comes to diet, sleep and exercise, having good, strong routines is linked to improved mental and physical health. [1]
  • People with more daily routines have lower levels of distress when facing problems with their health or negative life events. [2]
  • It takes an average of 66 days for a behavior to become automatic (a habit), but for some people it can take as long as 8 1/2 months. Don’t give up!. [3]

Tips For Success

  • Create the routine that is right for you. We don’t all have the same schedules or responsibilities and some of us struggle with certain parts of daily life more than others. All healthy routines should include eating a nutrition-rich diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep, but no  two  routines  will  be  exactly  the same. In fact, your routine may not even be exactly the same every day.
  • Start small. Changing up your day-to-day routine all at once probably won’t end up with lasting results. Pick one small thing each week to work on. It could be adding something new and positive, or cutting out a bad habit. Small changes add up.
  • Add to your existing habits. You probably already have some habits worked into your routine, like drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. Try adding new habits to existing ones. For instance, if you want to read more, you could set aside ten minutes to read while you have your coffee (instead of drinking it on your drive to work).
  • Make swaps. Think about the things you do during the day that aren’t so healthy and swap them with better behaviors. For example, if you feel sluggish in the afternoons and eat sugary snacks for a quick pick-me-up, try taking a brisk walk instead to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Or if you find yourself having a few alcoholic drinks after a long stressful day, try sipping hot tea instead.
  • Plan ahead. When life gets hectic, you may be tempted to skip out on the new parts of your daily routine. By doing things like prepping meals ahead of time, picking out an outfit the night before work, or having an alternate home workout option for the days you can’t make it to the gym, you help set yourself up for success even when you’re hurried.
  • Make time for things you enjoy. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, set aside time to do something you find fun or relaxing—it will release chemical messengers in your body that are good for your physical and mental health.
  • Reward yourself for small victories. Set goals and celebrate when you reach them. Have you added exercise to your weekly routine and worked out every day as planned for the last couple weeks? Treat yourself! Watch a movie you’ve been wanting to see or try out that new video game.
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Making life changes can be hard and you might forget to do something that is new to your routine every once in a while. You don’t have to be perfect, just try to do better the next day.

Question of the day - What's one positive habit you have?

Personal Development

What's one positive habit you have?