If you’re a frequent visitor to the Set Your Beauty Standard blog then you probably have noticed that it has been a while since new content has been added here. Life in 2021 has been moving fast-paced and filled with activities and engagements (literally!).
With so many new things going on in my life, I realized that I am not as organized as I thought. Being unorganized prevents me from being productive. Not having a routine keeps me from accomplishing daily tasks and makes me feel burnt out and overwhelmed. It is a good thing to have some type of order in your everyday life.
If you didn’t know, I am immersed in wedding planning and if you’ve ever planned a wedding you know that it can take over your life. Having a routine and a schedule are the only things that will keep me sane and productive in this season!
I read this on Northwestern Medicine’s website: No routine often means having the constant worry of “when will it all get done.” And it slapped me in my face. Not having a routine can cause so much stress, worry, poor health choices, and ultimately lead to a lot of procrastination and wasted time.
So let me tell you why you need a routine:
Consistency in a year of chaos.
Let’s face it, life hasn’t been normal since March 2020. It has been pretty much everything but normal and we have now begun to refer to the chaos and uncertain times as the “new normal.” Having a daily routine, whether at night or morning, will help you to create some consistency in your life. Throughout the daily surprises and moments of unrest, you will have one thing that you know will remain consistent. Your routine is consistent until you want to change it. It’s the one thing that you can consistently control.
Keeps you balanced and feeling refreshed
When you begin your day every day, knowing what you are going to do, you feel a sense of relief. And I’m not saying begin your day focusing on the tasks at hand, because that can be stressful and overwhelming. I’m talking about beginning your day knowing that you are going to read your Bible or do daily devotionals for 30 minutes before you get ready for work. Or enjoying a nice cup of hot tea or coffee while listening to your favorite relaxing playlist every morning. Or even beginning your day with a 30 minute workout to get you pumped before you take on the day.
Maybe your routine will be something you enjoy at night before bed. Whatever it is, it will be something that helps you get focused and find some peace before the rudimentary tasks begin each day. When you feel refreshed you are mentally and physically capable to accomplish so many more tasks.
A place you can seek solace and peace
At the end of or at the beginning of a stressful day, everyone needs something to help them wind down and find peace. Think of a routine as self-care. Loving yourself and spending time with yourself can only bring you peace. Anytime that you spend prioritizing your wants and needs will benefit you in the long run. When the days get hectic, you know that you can seek solace in your routine. You can never go wrong when you’re loving you. Do yourself a favor and give yourself some structure. Your inner you will thank you.
Something you can control
When you have a routine, that is probably the one thing out of your day that you can control. You control whether you go through with the routine or not. You control what time the routine starts. And you control what the routine consists of. When it feels like you have no control over anything else in everyday life, you know you have control over this one piece.
Instills good habits that bring good results and breaks bad habits
They say it takes 30 days to build a habit right? So if you consistently stick to your routine for 30 days, you will end up with a good habit and drop some bad ones. If you include physical activities, yoga, scheduled meal prepping, or any other healthy changes to your routine you will see physical benefits. You will break bad habits because your time is being used more wisely and you are able to fully think and plan out what you want to accomplish daily. Having a routine can help reduce stress and anxiety, which is something we could all use in this day and time.
Having a routine has so many benefits. A routine will help you avoid burnout and help you to maintain a clear mind. You will probably sleep better because you’re making more time for yourself and for relaxing and unwinding. With that time allotted just for you, you will be able to make better decisions and be a better you. So why not start today?
What is your routine going to be?