When a client comes to me for weight loss we discuss routine - routine with exercise and routine with eating. "Routine?" you may ask. "But I have no routine, with kids school and athletic schedules, work demands, travel, I do what I can do when I can do it." That mindset, my friends, is a recipe for disaster. Let me explain.
"Just like brushing our teeth every morning, adhering to a routine allows us to foster habits that match our goals and aspirations. While our routine helps us develop good habits that are in line with exploiting our full potential, it also helps to eradicate bad habits that do not serve us well." Skilled at Life
Recently, during an intro session for Freshman at CSU, the Counselor put a weekly class schedule up on the projector. After we glanced at a Freshman week in college, the counselor then put another weekly schedule on the board. On this schedule, which included the class schedule, we saw time scheduled for eating, studying, exercising, socializing, and sleeping.
All of us are aware that kids need a routine to provide structure and discipline in their lives. When we were younger, most of us were told to go to bed at a certain time, wake up at a certain time, do our homework after school, eat dinner at a regular hour, shower, even play with our friends at a specific time. But what about adults? Many grownups do not have a set daily routine and ‘wing’ their day. They have no idea what they are going to do when they wake up each morning because they have not thought about creating a schedule to adhere to. As a result, many people feel like they are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and falling short of their goals and true potential. The answer lies in carefully designing a routine that works best for each of us, one which helps us be productive, in control, and be the best person we can possibly be