The Easiest Ways To Remember Your Routine

If your routine slips your mind more than you would like, this episode is for you. Remembering your routine is a key to you staying consistent so this is super important. There are some easy ways to instantly recall your routine and in this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I’ll be sharing a few ways to remember. Grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and tune in!

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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe 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, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:49
Before we get into today's episode, have you ever wondered which routine is the best for you to start right now? If you are unsure of which routine will best meet the needs of your home and life at this very moment, you now have a way to find out. I've created for you a very simple and free routine assessment that will help you identify which routine you really need most right now, to take this quick assessment that will point you in the right direction and get you started with the right routine. Click the link in the show notes or head to routineandthings.com. Alright, let's go ahead and get into today's episode.

Ashley Brown 1:25
Hey, Hey, welcome back for another episode of the Routine and Things podcast, we are actually wrapping up this month of consistency because the month of March has been all about consistency. And so this episode is going to share the easiest ways for you to remember your routine. Because when you can remember your routine, of course, this helps you to be consistent with your routine. Am I right? So that's what we're going to be talking about today. And I know for me, when I was first starting to really understand what it took to maintain a routine I used to constantly forget about certain things that I would include in my routine. Or I would find myself not even having sometimes having the things that I needed to do my routine, it was pretty strange. I'm like Ashley, how do you even, girl what's going on? Make sure that when you are going to start doing your routine, right when you are going into the maintenance phase that you have ways for you to remember your routine. And when I say easy ways to remember your routine, I mean the easiest ways for you to remember the steps of your routine. Let me be clear on that. Because forgeting your routine at certain times is normal, like it's nothing wrong with you. Especially if you have mom brain, like mom brain, no joke. I don't know if it's just me but, in the middle of me talking, I will just lose my thought and be like, what was I saying here? I do it all the time. So it happens, it's normal, it's okay. But there are ways to make it easier for you to remember your routine. And we'll be sharing with you those ways now.

Ashley Brown 3:03
So the first way I want to share with you is that you can keep your routine simple. How many times have I said this, if you've been listening to this podcast for some time now you know, I'm always wanting to say keep things simple. Because when things are simple it's easier for you to remember, period. Or you can even think about lessening the amount of steps in your routine that can hugely help, if you lessen the amount of steps in your routine because this is what makes your routine simple. Keep the routine simple. When you're creating the don't go making your routine complicated. This is a very easy way for you to remember your routine. But also, another way for you to remember your routine is to write your routine down. People ask me this question all the time. "Oh, should I write down my routine?" I'm always like, Yes, Yes, for sure.

Ashley Brown 3:56
Write that routine down, get you out a piece of paper and write it down, pull out your phone and put it in your notes section of your phone. Because as they say with research, when you write things down, it basically imprints into your brain more. So write your routine down. It will really help you to remember your routine and you can recall it you can go back to it. When you write it down. I know what I like to do with my routine, I will write down my routine. But then what I also do is I'll either write it down on a piece of paper, or I will type it out in my phone like in the notes section of my phone. And I will screenshot or take a picture of the steps. And I will place it on the back of my phone as the screensaver or placing on my phone as the screensaver. That's what I do many of the times, especially when I know I'm not going to be able to remember this routine. That is what I do. And that can be really helpful because you usually always have your phone around. So you can use your phone you can write down the steps in your planner. That's if you look at your planner okay. Don't go writing things down on the planner and not open up the planner that's not helping you.

Ashley Brown 5:05
So you can write it there, you can put it like a sticky note up wherever you're doing that routine, you can put it on a chalkboard dry erase board in your home, if you have one of those, write your routine down, it's going to be simple for you to recall it. And you may have seen on the site routineandthings.com, we have routine records, these are PDFs that you can actually print out and write down your routines and put them in a binder or put them wherever you need for them to be. You can also cut them out and place them around your home. So definitely go check those out at routineandthings.com, I will also link them in the show notes. Because writing your routine down is one of the easiest ways for you to recall your routine for sure. And if you're thinking about like your kids routine, I know that for children, we like to write out their routines, because they're not going to remember like their brains are being developed, they're not going to remember what to do. And so what you can do in this case, is instead of writing down your routine as words, write your routine and put stickers for their routine. So if your children that are not old enough to read words, place stickers in the order that you want for them to do their routine, that symbolizes the action that you want for them to do. So this works very, very well for kids. So write down your routine in whatever way you need to.

Ashley Brown 6:22
The next thing is visual reminders are super helpful. If you want to remember the steps in your routine visual cues are super important. And so these are things like putting items within eyesight. I know when I was starting my bedtime routine, I would place my journal on my pillow. In the morning when I made my bed I replaced my journal on my pillow. So when I came to get into bed at night, I would see the journal and like instantly reminded me I needed to do my routine. I knew that was a step in my routine. So if you can do things like that visual cues are huge as well. And the last thing I want to share with you is more so a more natural way for you to remember your routine. Because you may be like well, what if I don't have the steps in front of me? What if I forgot to put the item out? How can I then remember my routine and this is where creating a logical routine will come in. So creating a routine that flows in a logical way that flows with how you naturally move. This can be really helpful for you to consider when you're in the creation phase and creating your routine. Create your routine in a way that flows with how you naturally move and it will be easier for you to recall your routine. So that's a suggestion as well. Being able to easily recall the steps of your routine will help you maintain it for sure.

Ashley Brown 7:40
So think about the ways that I explained to you today. Can you keep your routine simple? Yes, you can. Write your routine down routine records, I'm going to link them in the show notes. For your kids put pictures up, stickers that symbolize the actions they're going to be doing. Visual reminders are huge, putting items within eyesight, and then also thinking about making your routines flow naturally so that you can instantly recall what you're going to be doing. So those are just some suggestions for you. Your routine wisdom for today, to close out this episode is, create a routine you can remember. It is always best to create a routine you can remember. If you can't easily recall your routine, it could be a sign that you need to revisit it. Let me say that again. If you cannot easily recall your routine, it could be a sign that you need to revisit it. Maybe it's not simple enough.

Ashley Brown 8:39
Alrighty. Well, that's it for today's episode. I hope that you took away a lot this month when it comes to consistency. And that now you have learned multiple multiple ways that you can actually maintain consistency with your routines because it is possible. If you learn nothing else this month from listen to these episodes, it is that consistency with your routines is possible. Let me know if you enjoyed today's episode. Go ahead and snap a pic, take a screenshot of you listening to this episode, tag me on Instagram @routineandthings. I would love to know that you're listening. But until next time, I hope that you continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing. We're headed into April which means warmer weather is to come especially around here on the east coast. Warmer weather is to come which I'm super excited about. But continue to just enjoy your life. Soak it all in, be present and know that you can live life with ease. Alright girl, I'll talk to you next week.

Ashley Brown 9:43
[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social I would love to know your listening. And for tools to help you start, maintain and enjoy your routines, be sure to head to routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy!

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