Each Spring, our department (at work) is made extra busy by lots of annual housekeeping tasks and records maintenance meetings. By the time I get home each night, all I want to do is watch a few hours of Netflix, eat a bowl of cereal, and fall asleep on the couch. Instead of giving in though, I try to focus on how I want to feel the next morning: rested, refreshed, organized, and on top of my game. So, with that in mind, I cook a decent (read: nutritious) meal, slog through my evening routine (including kitchen duty, general tidying up, and one cleaning task), make my lunch for the following day, plan my outfit, wash off my make-up, crawl into bed at the appointed hour (I’ve even set an alert in my smartphone), and read a book until I feel sleepy. If it has been a particularly draining day, I will treat myself to a hot bath (complete with bath bomb and scented candles) and read in the tub before calling it a night.
Focusing on the reasons why I put all of my routines into place helps me to stay the course. Visualizing my ideal morning also gives me that extra boost of “incentive” on the very worst of my not-so-great days.
Letting ourselves off too easy (and too often!) when we’re less-than-energetic can equate to letting ourselves down in the long-run. Sticking to your routine keeps life running smoothly — which, if you’re being honest, is exactly why you started it in the first place.