Toes in the Sand

Is Routine a 4 letter word?

Posted on: 11/02/2009

I have heard that it takes 21 to form a habit. That means that it should take 21 days to get a routine down pat, right? So today is going to be day 1. We are going to get a routine down. Hopefuly we will stick with it. I say hopefully because every fiber in my body rebels against a schedule. Every fiber wants to go with the flow. I have 3 little guys who are completely different when it comes to a routine. Dragon would thrive on a routine, as long as he could set it. Tracker needs a much slower and laid back routine. He needs time to just be there. Squirrel could take it or leave it.  What I am going to do is start with a morning routine. I figure that is a great place to start.

According to zenhabits here are some guideline to establishing a routine:

The key steps to establishing routines are to:

  1. Do one habit only. Too many people try to do multiple habits at once, which nearly guarantees failure. You need to choose one for this month, and give it your complete focus. You can always do the others in subsequent challenges.
  2. Start small. Many people also try to bite off more than they can chew. That’s natural — people get enthusiastic. What you want to do is to set as your goal something very easily achievable, somthing you know you can do. If you do this, you will be successful. If you get too ambitious, you will likely fail.
  3. Report often. Each day, there is a daily check-in thread on the forum for people to report their successes and failures. I suggest you check in daily, or as close to daily as possible, so you are accountable to the group. This is a virtual guarantee of some success, especially coupled with the above two guidelines.

Interested in joining the August Challenge? Sign up on the Zen Habits forums!

I like the idea of using blocks instead of times for scheduling like this.

Do you have a routine in your household? Is it strict or go with the flow type?



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