If you start building multiple habits, you will begin to develop a routine. You will have a reliable way to live your life that you can count on to produce results daily. But what happens when you need to get back on track because you missed a few days of your routine?
It can happen from something as simple as a power outage to something as big as having a child. Too many people get off of their routines, and they give up on it altogether. This article aims to give you real strategies to get back on track with your routine.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John C. Maxwell
The Mistake People Make When They Mess Up Their Routine
The biggest mistake people make with this is giving up too early when things don't work out the way they want it. The point of a routine is not to be perfect. Life is going to happen, and you're going to forget about your habits sometimes. The point is that you get things done as much as possible.
The more you get things done, the more the little wins each day add up to be big wins in the long run. Momentum is your best friend when you are building successful habits, but it's your worst enemy when you are not moving. Energy will keep you in the same place when you stop doing something you want to do.
The worst thing you can do when you miss your routine is missing it a second day. Once you miss out twice, you become in the habit of missing your routine. You never want to be consistent with going the wrong way.
The worst thing you can do when you miss your routine is missing it a second day. Once you miss out twice, you become in the habit of losing your routine. You never want to be consistent with going the wrong way.
1. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself and Get Back On Track
There is no point in ripping into yourself every time that you get off track. Mistakes happen in life. You learn from messing up, and your routine is no different. See it as a learning opportunity and keep moving forward.
Some people will have 100 days of getting things done the right way in a row and miss one day and throw in the towel on the whole thing. If you can get this correct 99% of the time, you have nothing to worry about. Get back on the horse and keep riding until you fall off again.
2. Refocus On Your Goals and Your Mission
One reason that drifting happens in life is that you forget your mission and your goals. Habits only make sense when they are matched with the right goals and life mission.
Your mission is the one thing you want to accomplish on your deathbed, and your goals fit into your life mission. They help to break down an ultimate goal that could take a lifetime of work to fulfill.
Suppose you're not as motivated to get your routine done each day. You need to make sure that you're reviewing your goals and mission each day. When you remember why you're doing what you're doing, it's easier to do the required work. You will be more motivated when you remember your direction.
3. Regain Your Momentum to Get Back On Track
Do everything you can to get your habits done two days in a row. When you do something twice in a row, it gives you positive momentum. Positive momentum is everything when you want to get back on track with your routine.
The more momentum you can build with your consistency, the harder it will be for you to stop. Energy is the best defense for success. Think of it like a boulder moving down a hill. Once that thing gets rolling, it just gets faster and harder to stop.
4. Adjust Routine and Remove Obstacles
One of the biggest reasons that people get stuck with their routine is because of not adjusting. In all of my year's building habits, I have had to adjust to being married, buying a house, having three kids, and many other small changes. My routine with three kids is not the same as it was before. I have had to be much more flexible with my schedule.
You have to make adjustments to your routine continually. If you sit in a method that is not working for your lifestyle, you're setting yourself up to fail. Figure what is not working and make the adjustment. The goal is to find any future obstacles that could arise and remove them.
5. Compare Your Life With Your Routine vs Life Without It
Very few people take the time to think about how much better life is with a routine. When you build proper routines in your life, your experience is better! You spend less time thinking about things that you know you need to get done. Instead, you wake up, and things start getting crossed off of your list without having to think much about it.
Spend time thinking about the difference. If you are following a routine and don't find your days to be more comfortable, what is the point of habits and methods? The joy in realizing your life is better will motivate you to keep going.
Conclusion - Get Your Life Back On Track
A lot of finding success with your routines or in life, in general, is connecting back to your why. When you know why you're doing what you do, its easier to stay motivated to keep it up.
The key is to brush off mistakes with your routine because life is not over. It's just a small inconvenience on your radar that you need to move out of the way to succeed.