Creating Intentional Routines
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
Creating intentional routines builds your discipline muscle. Discipline is what helps you finish strong no matter what you do! Creating an intentional routine is something that is totally achievable with some dedication and motivation. Whether you’re ready to stick to a workout regimen, create a study schedule that works, or just want to form better habits, intentional routines can help you. Use these tips as a helpful guide on your journey.
Establish your why
If you don’t have a strong reason to hold onto when you’re lacking motivation, you won’t keep up with a routine. Establish why you’re doing it and why it’s important. When you’re feeling unmotivated, reminding yourself of your why will give you the boost you need to get it done.
Make a plan
Map out what you’d like your intentional routine journey to look like. Once you have a general idea, flesh out each of the stages into smaller chunks. Breaking your goal into smaller steps will decrease any overwhelm and give you definitive action steps to take.
Creating milestone moments to strive for will help keep you on track and motivated with your intentional routines. Celebrating those moments will also build your confidence and make routine setting more enjoyable!
Once you’ve gotten a feel for your new routine, challenge yourself to get more organized by scheduling blocks of time each day, week, or month toward it. Once the initial excitement and motivation wears off, having a set schedule will be a huge help with keeping you on track and held accountable.
Keep updating your routines
What worked before doesn’t always keep working as well down the road. Maybe you achieved what you wanted from a specific intentional routine. Continue to check in with the routines you’ve set and ensure you still have the same goal and your actions are aligned. As you grow, your intentional routines grow too! Don’t let the word “routine” make you think it can’t be changed if you’ve changed. Update as you go so you stay connected with a routine that’s right for you.
Intentional routines are about more than sticking with something because you feel like you need to. They should be routines that serve you and grow with you. They should make you feel like a better person for them. Use these tips to start setting your intentional routines and finish strong!