How To Rock Your Routines

Ready to rock your routines? Starting and maintaining routines is a learned skill that takes practice, but first you have to know how. In today’s episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I share three doable ways you can begin rocking your routine starting today. Grab a cup of coffee and tune in!

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Ashley Brown  00:00

[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you hate them. And either way, I strongly believe that routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is the Routine and Things Podcast. In each episode, we'll dive into a specific routine or point of view that will move you closer to enjoy life more and more each day. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

 

Ashley Brown  00:46

Hey, and welcome back for another episode of the Routine and Things Podcast. I am so happy today, we're going to be talking about how to rock your routines. But before we get into that I have an update for you that I am so excited about. Tomorrow is launch day! So we will be launching the first ever Routine and Things products. These will be physical products, digital products that will help you in starting maintaining and enjoying your routine. So I cannot wait for tomorrow for you to see all that is in store. I cannot wait to see these products in your homes helping you rack your routines. I'm super, super excited about it. So be sure to follow me on Instagram at Routine and Things if you are not already so that you stay in the loop with products and you stay in the loop with all the goodies that are going to be done tomorrow for launch day. I'm super excited about things. So now that I've gotten all of that excitement out, even though I'm still excited. Let's dig into how do you actually rock your routines.

 

Ashley Brown  02:01

And so when I say rock your routine, what I mean by this is being able to easily start in stay consistent with your routines. That is what I mean. rocking your routine is a learned skill. It isn't something that comes naturally it's a learned behavior, it has to be practiced, it has to be practiced often in order for you to get to a point where your routines feel like second nature that they feel habitual is when you are rocking your routine. It has to be practiced and it is not a natural occurrence is something that is learned in this practice. So being able to rock your routine does so much for you. It opens up space in your life. It also helps you to work smarter, not harder. And you know, I'm all about this like all about doing things the easier route and not putting in so much work on yourself that is not needed. If it's not needed, then we're not going to do it. So routines can really help you with working smarter and not harder. Because who says working hard and gives a better result? Who says this? Right? Working smart can give you amazing results as well without the hard labor or crazy energy that needs to be exerted, right, like working smarter is the best route to go and so I'm going to share with you what's needed today to begin rocking your routine so that you can begin working smarter and not harder.

 

Ashley Brown  03:32

So the first thing is, you first need to have a better understanding of what a routine is. This is something that came up in the Routine Wellness Community, which you can gain access to if you purchase anything from Routine and Things you will gain access to this community. It came up in the community about what a routine is, and I speak about this because I always have to reiterate that this is what a routine is an order for you not to be led astray. And so the definition of a routine is a series of actions done regularly. Or my definition is a flow of activities done regularly. That is the definition of a routine. And so routines are not something you have to do every single day. Hear me again, a routine does not have to be done every single day. That's not what the definition say. It says actions done regularly. Activities done regularly, it does not say activities or actions done every day. It just needs to be done regularly. Why? Because consistency is needed in order for your routines to become easier and easier and second nature and habitual. So you have to have some consistency, but that does not mean that the consistency has to be every single day when you view routines as daily rituals. You will put so much pressure on yourself to deliver and execute. And whenever you don't deliver and whenever you don't do your routine, you will feel defeated very quickly. So if you think about routines as activities, a flow of activities that just needs to be done regularly and regularly does not have to be daily. It can be. I don't want you to think that you can't have daily routines because you can.

 

Ashley Brown  05:30

But I also want you to understand that if you want a routine that you do only five days a week that is okay. Because five days a week of doing something is consistency and will help you to remain consistent. Will help you to bring that routine to being second nature or habitual. So I think just having that understanding of routines, and whatever it actually is, is super important. Routines can be daily. They can be weekly, they can be monthly, it just has to be done regularly. And so having a true understanding of what a routine is, will help you to stay consistent because you're not going to be putting so much pressure on yourself. Especially if you have routines that you're like, "as long as I do this four days a week, I'm good." It's like having an exercise routine that you're like I want to exercise three days a week. That's that's a great routine to have is really up to you. It just needs to be done regularly, especially if you want it to help you to work smarter, not harder. It just needs to be done regularly. Right, you need to have a flow or a pattern for your routine. So that's the first thing, to have a better understanding of whatever it is.

 

Ashley Brown  06:43

The second thing that can help you in your routine is to write out your routines. writing out your routines helps you understand what you have and where the gaps are. It helps you understand what routines are there. What routines are currently in rotation. And then when you see which routines are there, you also will notice which routines you don't have which routines you have not been doing. Right, which routines are missing that you may want to add to your life. And this may seem tedious, but it's super important because when you can fill in gaps that can help you to enjoy life more. When you are starting routines that you know you want for your life when you're starting a routine that's really going to help benefit you and serve you. I mean, it just feels amazing.

 

Ashley Brown  07:37

So even though this may seem tedious to write out your routines, it can be super helpful. Because when you're able to see what your routines may need to be simplified, right? If you have extensive routines, I'm going to tell you right now stop, stop. And I'm not trying to be rude but honestly you have to stop doing extensive routines and that are very long. Like, keep them simple, keep them simple. You don't want routines that are very complicated. You want routines that are simple. So writing it out helps you to see if your routine is simple, if it's too complicated, and then also writing out your routine helps you to realize like which ones may need to be revamped. We just talked about this in the previous episode, Episode 038. We talked about how you can know to revamp your routines. And so writing them out can give you an indication as well because you see them and you'll be able to really understand, well, dang, this isn't working anymore. So that's another reason why writing out your routines can be really important. And you can decide which ones to remove as well because maybe when you write them out you're like, I don't even need this routine, or I've been doing this routine and is no longer serving me. So I'm just going to stop doing it. And I'm going to create a different routine that's actually going to serve me for the season of life that I'm in.

 

Ashley Brown  09:11

Because sometimes we can get so used to a pattern that we don't have to understand that is no longer serving us or that it's no longer needed. So that can be helpful to you, we'll also be able to have a reference to refer back to especially like when you're creating routines and you like writing them out is really great because you can refer back to it so that you don't forget. But also writing out your routines helps for others around you to refer to them. So especially if you want your family to help with a routine, if you need your family involved in a certain routine, having it written out can be really beneficial because it will help them to remember what the steps are. But also you don't have to tell them like you'd be like "go look in the binder, go look at this document and go see what the routine is and then do it." So, writing out your routines is super important and can be really, really beneficial. And starting tomorrow, I'm actually going to have something for you to write your routines on, which is super exciting. So stay tuned.

 

Ashley Brown  10:13

And the last and final way that you can learn how to rock your routines is by getting the Rock Your Routine Training™ . Now, you know, you know I was gonna plug this training, Get the Rock Your Routine Training™ because this takes you step by step through how to create and maintain routines using my signature, TEA Approach, T.E.A, this takes you through it. It will teach you what's needed in your routine, what's not needed in your routine, elements to include that will assist you in staying consistent with rocking your routine. Like I say it's a learned behavior. It takes practice and just like when you learned how to do anything, if you learn how to cook, if you learned how to do anything. Right, like you follow directions, and someone probably helped you and learning how to do the things that you know how to do today. And so with that being the case, the Rock Your Routine Training™ can do the same. It can teach you how to actually create routines that work for your life and also last, because what's the point of starting something if you're not able to keep it consistent.

 

Ashley Brown  11:22

So if you want to learn how to write your routines using my signature TEA Approach, so that you begin to work smart, not hard and remove layers of stress from your life, because you know, that's what routines can really help you do. I can help you with this. The link is in the shownotes to join and get access to the Rock Your Routine Training™, we would love to see you inside the community because once you get the training, you will also get access into the Routine Wellness Community which is beautiful, and we have some amazing women in there. And so that's another way that can help you with rocking your routines.

 

Ashley Brown  11:56

Alright, so just to wrap things up, those are three ways that you can start today, rocking your routine and getting on a path to rock your routine. Okay, and your routine work for this week is to do one of these three things. I either want you to take time to think about what a routine is and really like grasp that entire concept that a routine is just a series or flow of activities done regularly. Also, you could sit down and write out all of your routines, every routine that you have, sit down and write it out. Write them up so you have a reference for them so that you can find the gap so you know which ones are missing or that needs to be improved. Take an inventory of your routines. And last but not least, you can decide to get the Rock Your Routine Training™ if you want to fast track learning how to create routines. This is your way so be sure to click the link in the show notes for that.

 

Ashley Brown  13:03

Alright, so that's all I have for you today. That's all I wanted to share with you. Hopefully this was helpful in really helping you to think more about what the routine is and really understanding what's going to help put you on the path to doing your routine some justice and really getting them to a point where they feel good for you and where you feel like you're rocking it. Before you leave be sure to subscribe to the podcast, review the podcast, rate and review. I would love, love, love and appreciate it and it only takes a couple of minutes to do. Give this show five stars write a few sentences as to how this podcast has contributed to your life and well being. Supporting the podcast does wonders and I am very appreciative of it. So thank you in advance. Okay, well that's it for today. I hope that you enjoy your day. Continue enjoying wherever you are, wherever you're doing, stay happy and I will talk to you later.

 

Ashley Brown  14:00

[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode could you do me a huge favor and take a screenshot and share it on social and for more routine goodness, be sure to visit routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy!

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