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It's 8 A.M on a Saturday and I'm about to head out and go get some coffee, but my girlfriend just recently told me that I've been a lot more negative lately. When somebody tells you something about yourself, it can be hard to not want to dispute it and say that's not true. But if this person actually loves you and they're telling you something about yourself with the intention of helping you improve, you should take it and sit back and think about it.
Reflection on Yourself
Just kind of reflect on how you've been acting and your thoughts lately just to see if there's any truth to it. I've realized yes, there is a lot of truth to it. I have been a lot more negative lately. I'm realizing that it's probably because I haven't been on my routine as much as I used to be. I'm getting back on my routine, I'm getting back on my grind.
The Importance of Having a Routine
Humans are habitual creatures; we like to do things by habit because it makes our lives just so much easier to do things that we do every single day. It's like it takes the effort out of it, it takes the effort and the thought process out of what we're doing. If I do the same routine every single day, it's going to be easy for me to wake up early, coffee, stretch, and then work. That's why it's so important to have a routine, especially when you have things that you need to get done that nobody's looking over your shoulder telling you.
Personal Goals and Achievements
When it comes to your personal life, when it comes to your personal goals, nobody's looking over your shoulder. It's just you. You are your own teacher, you are your boss, you are the person that's leading this entire journey. Like I knew I wanted to start working out, start doing more cardio, work on my business, wake up earlier, stretch every day. I knew I wanted to do these things, but me waking up 30 minutes before I need to go to work, going to work, coming home, and then just relaxing, that was not getting me to the point where I wanted to be. It's not getting me anywhere.
Finding Time in Your Day
The truth is that there's time in a day; you just have to find this time in the day. You can also have a routine after work, after school, or after whatever when you come home in the evening time. When I come home from work, it's very important for me because if you really listen to what your brain is like, the information your brain is taking in as soon as you come home after a long day, what's the first thing you want to do? You might take off your shoes, take off your jacket, you might go and see your room and start taking off your outside clothes and put on your relaxing clothes.
Giving Your Brain Proper Cues
Your brain takes these little cues, and it just acts accordingly. You have to give your brain the proper cues, and I do this a lot when it comes to scents. Scents are very powerful when it comes to your memory; your brain remembers scents and the memory that connects to those scents very well. Say, for example, you smell somebody's fragrance like somebody's perfume or cologne that you haven't smelled in a long time, but you smell it, and you're like, "Oh yeah, that was my babysitter's perfume. That was my camp counselor's cologne." You just snap back to that memory maybe ten years ago because you smelled that scent.
Ultimately, having a routine can bring structure and consistency to your daily life, which can lead to increased productivity, better time management, and even improved mental health. It's important to find a routine that works for you and your goals, whether it's waking up earlier, scheduling time for exercise or personal projects, or simply setting aside time to unwind and relax. Remember that habits take time to form, so be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. By prioritizing a routine and making it a part of your daily life, you can take control of your time and achieve your goals.