With your new morning game plan figured out it’s time to, not only put it into action, but make it your new morning routine.
Why is this important?
Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen.
That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed.
Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks.
That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. (Check out some of the tools below to help you.) It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically.
It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30 minute walk or run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour. .
Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen.
The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run.
That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.
Your most important job whenever 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 disruption.
If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of Bible reading or prayer or doing something to grow your business or creative endeavours before you get back to the rest of your day.
Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible.
Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.
Each day, I'll provide you with some helpful tools to assist you as you Makeover your Mornings- and most of them will be FREE. Check out today's selection below... + more tomorrow.
* Goals on Track This app records your goals, start dates and any subgoals or tasks plus your action plan.
* Strides. This is a goal and habit tracker. It provides flexible reminders and charts to keep you motivated.
* irunurun Build new habits and a new routine using this app that makes the whole process fun.
* Momentum. This is a Google Chrome extension and is just plain beautiful. It presents you with daily inspiration and reminders for any tasks you set up whenever you open a new tab.
* Productive An app that is a great habit tracker and goal reminder.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Colossians 4:5 'Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of your time.'
DAILY REMINDER & AFFIRMATION
Even when I slip back, I will keep working at my new morning plan until it becomes a habit.
Thank you for joining me in the 7-Day Morning Makeover Challenge. I can’t wait to get started.