While my routines may not be lifesaving, the habits I form can help me grow and prosper or tear me down and keep me from reaching my potential. Routines have the power to bring about momentum as we move toward our goals.
Let me explain. I have a home business with Young Living Essential Oils. I love positively impacting the lives of others, growing as a person in confidence and skills, and enjoying the adventures of travel and learning. I like the challenge of organizing my time and tasks, but with so many opportunities, people to follow up with, team members to support, household tasks begging to get done, I need some structure to anchor me and keep me from bouncing around like a pinball. (Am I dating myself?)
This structure was presented to me as I turned on my car stereo and found myself listening to a chapter of The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. The chapter was on momentum and Darren was discussing the power of routines, times in our day when we don't have to rethink our actions. Routines can help us focus on what is most important.
I've been trying to establish a morning routine: alarm goes off at 5:45 and I take a few minutes to speak gratitude and say a few quick prayers, up and out the door to walk by 6:00 a.m., back home and grab water and 2 oz. of NingXia Red and head for my prayer chair for some time with my "daddy" and to get my instructions for the day. Then I eat a quick breakfast, get cleaned up and dressed and go to "the office" by 8:30 a.m.
This routine helps me stay focused and committed to starting my day with oxygen and grace. As I begin my workday, I try to read 10 pages of a personal development book and then decide on my priorities for the day. Darren's challenge is to take ten minutes to decide the top three MVPs (most valuable priorities) for the day. If I could only do three things today, what would produce the greatest results in moving me closer to my primary goals? Once this is decided, the day can begin, blogs can be written, emails can be answered and sent, phone calls can be made, and tasks can be completed.
Can you see how starting the day with a routine, one that is focused on your most important priorities, could give you more focus, and quite frankly, create momentum for the change you'd like to see in your life? Your current priority could be relationship oriented, health related, focused on building a business or organizing your home. It could be to get ready for a trip you will be taking, writing a chapter of a book you plan to publish, or finishing a project that you have been avoiding.
Routines get us moving and can help us insert key practices into our day so we won't forget what is most important to us. I encourage you give this idea some thought to see if it might be useful to you.