Do you have a goal to lose weight or to get fit? Have you had the same goal for some time? Maybe you make the same new year's resolution every year, or sometimes you've even given making resolutions altogether?
If you have health and fitness goals, or any other goals, but can not seem to make any headway, do not worry, you're not alone. If you feel you never have the time to workout, or to take action towards your goals, here's a question for you – are you stuck in the rut of your routine? It is human nature to get into a routine, even if you do not realize it, and often that routine stops you from taking the action you need to take. Unfortunately, once a routine has been formed, it can be hard to break out of, even if it is not helping you move forward.
Routine can be the killer of progress. If you're stuck in your routine, you may struggle to move forward, and achieve what you want. But, the routine being so powerful can be turned to your advantage. You can use the power of your daily routine to effect big changes in your life. Here's how to do it:
Step 1. Take a sheet of paper and write down your current daily routine. Jot down everything you do, from what time you get up in the morning, to what time you go to bed. Make a note of what you routinely do during your day. Do a sheet for each different type of day, such as weekdays, and weekend days.
Step 2. Now take a look at the daily schedules you have set out. Take a look at where there is spare time, and where there may be things that you do that take time up, but are not useful to you. Where are there opportunities for making changes? Take a look at what time is available to you and ask yourself questions such as can you change your get-up time, or your bedtime? How much time is wasted, maybe watching TV in the evenings, playing on the computer, or perhaps lying in bed on a Sunday morning. Where can you fit in activities that will move you towards your goals, for example, for fitness and weight-loss goals, where can you fit-in a workout. Could you fit in a workout at lunchtime? Or maybe before or after work.
Before you dismiss something think carefully. For example, if you say that you can not get up any earlier because you'd be too tired, think about what time you go to bed. Could you get to bed earlier? Think through what you can do to make your goals come true.
Bear in mind that if you continue to follow the same routine, what are the chances you'll ever achieve what you want? Use the power of habit and routine to your advantage, by making an effort to Incorporate activities into your schedule.
Remember, it takes about 21 days to build a new habit, and then, once you've got used the new routine it will work positively for you. You'll almost be on automatic pilot on your path towards your goals. Your routine can become your secret weapon to achieve your goals at last.