I like routines. I do know that I wouldn’t be capable to deal with life effectively with out them. However once I speak to some mothers about routines, I get eye rolls and feedback like, “routines don’t work for me.” Or “Routines are too restrictive. I prefer to be free.”
I do know you need motherhood to be simpler. And possibly you might have tried to implement some new routines, however they didn’t stick.
So why aren’t routines working for you? There are a few explanation why I believe that is the case. Take a look at this episode to be taught why your routines aren’t sticking and what to do about it.
Episode Abstract with Timestamps
0:00 Routines make life simpler.
1:27 Why are these routines not sticking? How are you going to get them to stay?
3:04 Three predominant explanation why routines aren’t sticking.
4:40 Routines that you have already got in place.
5:39 The right way to make a routine that truly serves you.
6:50 Your routines aren’t enjoyable in the event that they aren’t pleasant.
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I like routines a lot. I talked about them right here on the podcast. And if that is your first time listening to me, you will have heard me speak about my Sunday routine, which is one thing that I completely love to speak about. And the rationale why is as a result of routines simply make life a lot simpler. And actually, I wouldn’t be capable to deal with life effectively, with out them. I really tried an experiment on myself the place I did the Sunday routine, to the tee every part that I outlined in that episode. After which the subsequent week, I went forward and did nothing on the Sunday routine. And let me let you know, not doing the Sunday routine left me feeling fairly frazzled, very stressed, and I didn’t actually like my week. So the Sunday routine has been one thing that I constantly do, simply in order that I can make sure that my week runs easily, even when life occurs. As a result of I like routine a lot and I like speaking about them. I share this so much with different mothers. And it’s humorous as a result of I normally get one in all two reactions. One, I get a mother that’s actually intrigued and needs to know extra. Or I get the arrows within the feedback like oh, effectively, routines don’t work for me or routines are too restrictive, it received’t enable me to be free. And the reality is routines actually do enable you to have extra time and to have extra freedom. And I need to share a few of that right here with you right this moment. I do know that you really want motherhood to be simpler. And possibly you’ve tried to implement some new routines. Perhaps you might have heard about doing a very superior night routine, which I talked about in a earlier episode, or possibly attempting to implement that morning routine in an effort to have a very superior begin to your day. However you simply can’t appear to get these routines to stay. So why are these routines not sticking? And what are some issues that we may do to make it a bit bit simpler in order that we will get these routines to stay and begin to see a number of the advantages in our lives. That’s what I’m going to share with you on this episode. So just remember to seize a pocket book and pen and write this down. And in case you are driving, doing laundry or out and about and you can not write this down, be sure you head over to Actual comfortable mother.com/ 196 to get the present notes in an effort to know the right way to repair your routine if it isn’t working for you. Now earlier than we leap into this episode, I wished to just remember to knew all about residence life Trello. Dwelling Life Trello is a multi function techniques and tutorials which can be going that can assist you with the assorted techniques in your life in an effort to present up and be organized and productive at work and at residence. And the most effective half is that how my fellow makes use of a free app referred to as Trello, in fact, and it prices means lower than that model new planner that you simply’ve been having your eye on. So be sure you head over to Actual comfortable mother.com/trello or head over to the present notes. Now there’s three predominant explanation why I really feel like routines aren’t sticking simply from my very own private expertise in seeing different mothers and speaking to different mothers. And the primary motive that I’ve discovered that routines aren’t sticking is as a result of we’re making it means too difficult. I do know once I first began doing my morning routine, it had about 50 steps, it had so many issues that you simply needed to do, and it was simply an excessive amount of. Or possibly you’ve tried to implement a laundry routine. As a result of I do know for me, generally I wrestle with laundry, I simply don’t like folding garments y’all. Like, I actually don’t like folding garments. So possibly you tried a laundry workforce, however you simply can’t get it this thick, since you’ve made it so difficult attempting to do numerous various things. And the factor is that many instances we’re attempting to do too many issues in our routines as a substitute of constructing it much more easy. So when you find yourself taking a look at implementing a routine, how about taking a look at how one can implement two or three steps versus 9 or 15 steps. After which if you wish to take your routine to the subsequent stage and actually make it that actually difficult factor that you simply’ve in all probability seen on YouTube or on social media, then you may implement a brand new factor every week as a substitute of attempting to do all the steps in a single week. In order that was primary. Quantity two, the rationale why routines aren’t sticking is your routines aren’t actually serving you. So keep in mind how I used to be telling you earlier that some mothers simply don’t like routines as a result of they really feel like they’re not free or they really feel like routines are too restrictive throughout their day? Effectively, if you consider it, you have already got routines that you simply’re doing each day. Actually simply go searching. What are you doing each day while you get up? What are you doing on a regular basis earlier than you go to work? What are you doing on a regular basis while you come residence from work? These are routines that you have already got in place. Now the query is are the routines that you’ve happening proper now? really saving you’re Are these routines really benefiting you in an effort to present up and be your greatest every day. Now, let’s check out one routine specifically that I’ve been attempting to get down pack. And that’s the after faculty routine. So if coming residence from work, and the children are coming residence from faculty or from their after faculty program, and it’s stressing you out, as a result of the children are dropping off their stuff on the door, run into the kitchen for a snack, making a large number within the kitchen, and you then unwind and watch TV for a couple of minutes. After which solely to search out out that the couple of minutes was a few hours and you haven’t began dinner. Now you’re behind on dinner, you’re much more pressured. As a result of you need to hurry up and get dinner prepared, there may be one space the place we will begin to make a routine that truly serves us. So as a substitute of letting the children go on a run into the kitchen to have a snack, which is completely fantastic. As a substitute, present them the place you need them to place their backpacks, their lunch bins. In order that issues go into the precise place. There Indian out these lunch bins, as a result of I do know for me, my youngsters, they don’t at all times keep in mind to empty out their lunch bins, and generally issues suppose in there. So first issues first, take your stuff, put it in the precise place, put your sneakers the place they’re presupposed to go put your backpack the place it’s presupposed to go, take your lunchbox, empty every part out and put it the place it’s presupposed to go. Then from there, you may both have some snacks already able to go for them, or have a set space the place they’ll go forward and seize these snacks, and go. So that is one technique to type of remove that hectic routine that you’ve now and begin to implement a routine that it’s really serving you. So simply go searching at your day and see what routines you have already got happening in place and seeing how one can change issues round in order that your routines are serving you. Now, the final one which I’m discovering that’s the reason why we’re not having these routines stick is your routines aren’t enjoyable, let’s simply be actual, you’re not going to do one thing in the event you don’t take pleasure in it. So how will you discover a technique to make your routines extra pleasant. So for me, I like to do laundry whereas I’m listening to podcasts. And in the event you’re listening to actual comfortable mother, I extremely advocate you take heed to it when you’re folding up some garments, or while you’re operating some errands as a result of, you understand, I do know we talked about multitasking, however at the least you’re doing one thing that you simply take pleasure in, you’re listening to one thing that you simply take pleasure in, it’ll get you motivated to really do the factor that you simply’re probably not excited to do. So here’s a useful tip. Like I used to be saying, whereas I’m doing laundry, I take heed to a podcast, or I take heed to an audiobook. So have a look and see are there some podcasts are there some issues that you simply wished to find out about that you simply haven’t had time to take a seat down and do in an effort to do these issues when you’re doing no matter routine it’s, so you can also make it a bit bit extra enjoyable and make that routine stick. These are the three issues that I wished to share with you that I’ve discovered that stops us from having routines that aren’t sticking. And I hope you discovered some methods to make these routines stick that you’ve happening otherwise you need to have happening and begin to discover that issues are a bit bit simpler all through your days and weeks. Now that’s it for this episode. Ensure you head on over to Actual comfortable mother.com/ 196 to get the present notes and to get any hyperlinks that had been talked about right here right this moment. And do me a favor. Keep tuned for subsequent week for one more episode. Take care and with plenty of love