What was the first thing you did when the alarm went off this morning? The second? And the third? Would tomorrow’s list be the same?

We all have routines. Our standard procedures or regular courses of action that become daily habits. Simply because we’ve done certain activities so many times they merge into our normal behavior. And there’s nothing wrong with routines. (Unless you’re stuck in a boring rut. But that’s a topic for another day.)

So, what if I want to discipline my life and add a new behavior? Something like exercise, dedicated writing time, speaking kind words, or prayer? That’s where routines become powerful tools.

By creating a routine and consciously practicing it for a few weeks, I can turn the struggle of discipline into a second-nature habit.

Take writing for example. I decided this year that I wanted to write one new chapter every week. I looked at my schedule and saw that I drive the kindergarten carpool twice a week. So, instead of coming home and being distracted by housework before I have to go back and pick them up, I decided to stay at the school and write. Two mornings a week, I sit in my boring car and pound out words. Know what? Ten weeks into the new year and I’m working on chapter ten of my new novel. And I can’t imagine doing anything but writing on those mornings.

What other routines do I have? Getting the washer started before I get the kids up and the clothes into the dryer before we head out the door for school. A daily housecleaning chore. Praying while driving. Making Wednesdays a “faith focus” day between Bible study meetings and evening church services. Doing lunges in the bathroom while brushing my teeth.

What about you? What routines have helped discipline your life? How long did it take to become a habit?

The Power of Routines
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  • March 8, 2010 at 7:51 am

    >Spending time with GOD first…I have not always been faithful to this habit, but when I don't….things do NOT go so well.

    Blessings, andrea

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