Creating good habits sets you up for success.
The way I see it, it’s like putting your car on the tracks at a car wash. Initially you have to accelerate to get the car moving & steer to line it up on the proper tracks, but once it’s there it’s all smooth sailing and it becomes essentially effortless.
Developing positive habits in your life is the same kind of thing. For example, if you’re trying to change the way you eat, it will probably be difficult and uncomfortable at first; you’ll need to break your cravings, consciously tell yourself when/what you can eat, and use self control to break the bad habits & create new, good ones. But once you have a new way of doing things and it becomes a routine, this is your new habit, and it’s equally as effortless as the bad habits once were.
When you set yourself up with good habits, you set yourself up for success. During highschool I was uber productive, and I credit it to the fact that I had a routine. My day progressed like this:
6am wake up // hop in shower // make coffee // do hair & make up // eat breakfast // get dressed (outfit was laid out the night before) // leave house at 7am
school 7:26am – 1:29pm // drive to the gym as soon as school lets out // drive home // do homework while family is still at work & school // hang out with friends, eat dinner, get lost on internetland, etc
eat dinner with family // hang out with friends // be in bed by 10 (realistically this didn’t always happen, but it was the goal) to get 8 hours of sleep
This routine that I had every day set me up for success. Waking up and getting ready for class was easy and set me up for a successful day because I was on autopilot. Going to the gym wasn’t a hassle because it was unnegotiable– it was part of the routine & I never had to force myself to go. It was at the same time every day, and I naturally just flowed into the gym, to the same elliptical/treadmill, and the same spot on the mat in front of the mirror.
I was physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in an amazing place during high school and looking back, I can see it was because I had good habits. College has been tricky because the day-to-day is much less structured, but I’m working on developing a great routine for this semester that will set me up for success in all areas of my life.
I follow a variety of business/entrepreneurship blogs, and I see so many articles regarding habit and routine and how they play into success. Here’s a few if you’re interested in reading more on the topic:
What are some of your habits that help you stay on track & reach your goals?