None of us like change. We are such control freaks and when we are not the ones implementing the change, we go bonkers. This is why gradual changes work so well for us. Our reminders help us to make these changes.
Reminders were ignored because we had gotten used them; the same old same old. This is why I want us to change things up a bit. Instead of becoming immune, we are going to focus on building and using our own Control Journals. I didn’t have reminders in my email when I started getting rid of the CHAOS in my life. All I had was my Post-it notes and checklists in my Control Journal.
Have you written down your Before Bed Routine? We still need reminders; this is why Post-it notes are so good; A couple of colorful reminders on your bathroom mirror to get you ready for bed and then to greet you in the morning with how to start your day.
These will be the things you are practicing. When I was getting my home in order I also had a checklist that would help me to remember all the things that I had to do each day. This checklist in combination with the habits I was establishing made amazing changes in my life and home.
My habits were the babysteps that are my foundation. My checklist is just that; a list of things that could be done if needed. The idea was to actually think about them. Our minds were so busy that without the list we forget. Part of our habits is to remember to check our list and our calendars.
You can do this too. It is as simple as practicing a dance step.
Here is the part of my morning routine that is automatic;
Make my bed
Get dressed to shoes
Fix my hair and face
Swish and swipe my bathroom
Put a load of Laundry in the washer
All of these did not happen at once.
Getting up and making my bed was paired together. Getting dressed and swishing and swiping was paired together. Laundry got me headed toward the kitchen to making coffee and eating breakfast.
They were not established habits immediately. I had to practice them. I like to call it piggybacking. When I got one section established I could easily sandwich another simple habit into the already learned dance step.
Are you ready to FLY?
I have a made a routine for you because I know how easy it is to allow perfectionism to take over and make something hard that is not that difficult.
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